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Lionsgate teams up on video game adaptation 'Borderlands'

29 August 2015 12:02 AM, PDT

The studio is partnering with the game’s publisher and creators Gearbox Software and Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K as well as producers Avi and Ari Arad.

Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game that takes place at the frontier of a sci-fi universe.

President of Interactive Ventures and Games Peter Levin, Summit Entertainment president of production Geoff Shaevitz and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president of business and legal affairs Patricia Laucella led the deal team for Lionsgate.

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Bryce Dallas Howard joins 'Gold'

28 August 2015 8:04 AM, PDT

Hot off the global summer smash Jurassic World, the actress has joined the adventure from Black Bear Pictures and Hwy 61 currently shooting in New Mexico.

Howard will play Kay, the longtime girlfriend of Matthew McConaughey’s character who has embarked upon a perilous quest for hidden treasure in Indonesia.

Stephen Gaghan directs Gold and Teddy Schwarzman produces for Black Bear Pictures with Michael Nozik for HWY61.

The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach.

The film began production in Thailand and wrap in New York in early October.

TWC-Dimension will distribute in the Us and Sierra/Affinity handles international sales. »


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Diane Nelson to head Warner Bros Consumer Products

28 August 2015 7:18 AM, PDT

Diane Nelson has added oversight of Warner Bros Consumer Products to her responsibilities as president of DC Entertainment and president and chief content officer of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.

Nelson’s added responsibilities follow the announcement on Friday that Brad Globe will step down in spring 2016 from his role as president of Warner Bros Consumer Products after more than a decade in the position.

“With more and more of our consumer products business being directly driven by DC characters and storylines, a closer alignment of the divisions makes a lot of sense for us,” said Warner Bros chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. 

“Diane’s background, which includes a great balance of business, creative and marketing, will help us bring fans exciting news ways to enjoy all of Warner Bros’ great entertainment properties through wide-reaching, innovative consumer products experiences.”

Tsujihara continued: “I’d also like to thank Brad for his decade of service to the company. He’s been »


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Screen Awards 2015 shortlist revealed

28 August 2015 6:23 AM, PDT

Fox/Fox Searchlight, Universal and Metrodome lead the nominations; Amy Winehouse documentary is the most nominated film.Scroll down for full shortlist

The Screen Awards 2015 shortlist has been announced, with Fox/Fox Searchlight leading the nominations with a combined 18 nominations. Universal and Metrodome were both shortlisted in nine categories.

Altitude Film Distribution’s Amy was shortlisted in six categories; Twentieth Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service secured four nominations; and The Babadook, Still Alice and Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth each got three nods.

Picturehouse Entertainment has seven nominations, with an additional two for Picturehouse Cinemas, while Curzon Artificial Eye secured eight nods, with a further nomination for Curzon Cinemas.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has been shortlisted in four categories

The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Edith Bowman on October 22 at The »


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Fortissimo acquires San Seb title 'The Bride'

28 August 2015 5:37 AM, PDT

Sales of Paula Ortiz’s drama to begin at Venice.

Fortissimo Films has acquired international sales rights to Paula Ortiz’s epic tragedy The Bride (La Novia).

The film, which will receive its world premiere in the Zabaltegi Section of the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-26), is based on the play Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) from Spanish author Federico García Lorca.

It tells the tragic story of an illicit love triangle fueled by passion and doomed for disaster, and stars Inma Cuesta (Blancanieves).

It centres on The Bride(Cuesta) who marries The Groom (Asier Etxeandia) despite her growing desire for Leonardo (Álex García).

Unable to ignore their unbreakable bond any longer, The Bride abandons her new husband and escapes into the forest with her true love Leonardo. Upon discovering his wife’s disappearance, The Groom furiously pursues the lovers seeking a violent revenge.

The film is produced by Get in the Picture Productions »


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Oscars 2016: Swiss submit 'Iraqi Odyssey'

28 August 2015 5:23 AM, PDT

Samir’s 3D documentary submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Iraqi Odyssey has been selected to represent Switzerland as the official submission for the 88th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign-Language Film.

The 3D documentary is from Iraqi expatriate film-maker Samir and traces the migrations of his family over more than half a century.

Swiss director Samir, born in Baghdad in 1955, said of the decision: “It sets a courageous example, representing an open-minded Switzerland among the Oscar contenders.”

Iraqi Odyssey, which is close to three hours in length, premiered at Toronto 2014 and was screened at the Berlinale in the Panorama section in February.

The Swiss film, coproduced with Germany, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, will be released in Germany on Sept 24 through Nfp and in Austria in mid-Oct through Polyfilm.

Autlook Filmsales handles world sales.

The announcement of the five foreign-language films nominated for the Oscar is made on Jan 14, 2016.

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'Jack' to open Oldenburg fest

28 August 2015 4:37 AM, PDT

True story of the notorious killer and poet also set to screen at Toronto.

The 22nd Oldenburg International Film Festival (Sept 16-20) is to open with Elisabeth Scharang’s true life drama Jack.

The screen adaptation based on the life of the notorious killer and poet Jack Unterweger will open the festival as a German premiere

Austrian director Scharang’s second fiction feature after 2011 Holocaust drama In Another Lifetime charts the true story of Unterweger, a convicted murderer whose road to redemption, while imprisoned, was to write stories and poems.

The film stars Johannes Krisch in the leading role opposite Birgit Minichmayr and Corinna Harfouch, the film’s talent will attend the gala premiere.

Jack is a production of Epo and its worldwide sales are handled by Picture Tree International.

The film made Germany’s shortlight for its Oscar submission.

Following its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15), Jack will receive its North American »


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M-Appeal sells ‘Daddy’ to UK, France

28 August 2015 4:24 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Gerald McCullouch’s feature debut set to world premiere at Montreal.

M-appeal has sold Gerald McCullouch’s Daddy to the UK (Tla Entertainment) and France (Optimale Sarl), ahead of its world premiere at the Montreal Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 7).

The relationship drama previously sold to Pro-Fun for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The story centres on Colin and Stew, whose lifelong friendship is put to the test when Colin falls for a younger man.

Us actor McCullouch, known for his role on 10 seasons of CSI, also stars as Colin in the film.

He played the same role in the New York stage version of Daddy, written by Dan Via, who also stars in the film alongside Jaime Cepero and Tamlyn Tomita. »


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LevelK to launch Hong Kong office

28 August 2015 4:06 AM, PDT

Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK is expanding eastward.

On the eve of this year’s autumn markets, Danish company LevelK has announced that it is bringing on board Derek Luí to to run a brand new office in Hong Kong.

Luí brings extensive experience within the business, including a recent stint at UA Cinemas/Lark Films Distribution, where he was focused on the Cinehub film acquisition and distribution. 

“The Hong Kong office is a reflection of LevelK’s growth and a continues commitment to optimize our cooperation with current and future business partners,” said LevelK CEO Tine Klint of the new Asian bridgehead and of Luí’s appointment.

LevelK’s new films in official selection at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) include the world premiere of Stephen Page’s Spear, billed as “a visually stunning tale of a young Aboriginal man as he takes a journey through his consciousness to awaken his spiritual self,” and, as an »


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‘Straight Outta Compton’ holds buzz chart lead

28 August 2015 4:01 AM, PDT

Sinister 2 and The Bad Education Movie also chart.

Straight Outta Compton, the story of hip hop crew Nwa, has topped the UK movie buzz chart for a second week ahead of its release this weekend.

The film, directed by F Gary Gray, generated nearly 9,000 mentions across social media, news, forums and blogs, according to analysis firm Way To Blue.

Of those, 17.3% expressed intent to view, meaning they would look to convert comments into cinema tickets.

Horror sequel Sinister 2 ranked second after a week on release with close to 7,500 mentions and a strong intent to view of 26.2%.

British comedy The Bad Education Movie, an adaptation of a BBC series, came third with nearly 5,200 mentions (19%).

Due to the volume of titles on release in the UK, Way To Blue raised its cut off point to 900 mentions.

This means that Vacation (522 mentions), The Transporter Refueled (186 mentions) and Ricki and the Flash (81 mentions) are among the titles that did »


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Gareth Jones' 'Delirium' begins shoot

28 August 2015 3:51 AM, PDT

Love story completes a trilogy of features.

Delirium, the latest film from British director Gareth Jones, has commenced principal photography in Surrey.

The story centres on a composer’s existential, familial and political crisis over the completion of a Requiem commissioned to celebrate his college’s centenary.  A natural rebel flying in the face of academic authority, he finds himself both inspired and compromised by the arrival of a young cellist carrying secrets from his colourful past.

The film stars Gareth Jones, Clare Grogan, Timothy West, Mamta Kaash and cellist Alisa Liubarskaya.

Delirium is the third in a trilogy of feature films by Gareth Jones based on creative artists at a crossroads: blocked screenplay writer (Desire), traumatized war photographer (Delight) and now international composer with a record to defend.  

A complete Requiem has been composed as part of the dramatic narrative of the film.

Alex Ryle completes the trilogy as director of photography as does producer/composer »


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Berlin's Drama Series Days to return in 2016

28 August 2015 3:30 AM, PDT

Efm’s TV initiative to return for a second year with a documentary element.

The European Film Market (Efm), held during the Berlin International Film Festival, is to continue its Drama Series Days following its first edition in February.

Set to be held Feb 15-16, the Drama Series Days will include a panel programme, market screenings and networking events in a bid to offer further opportunities to strengthen connections within the rapidly developing network of the European and international television industries, in cooperation with partners such as Film- und Medienstiftung Nrw and the Series Mania Co-production Forum in Paris.

New in 2016, high-quality documentary series will be introduced as part of the screenings and events programme, which will cater to the growing interest and attendance of documentary industry representatives at the Efm’s Meet the Docs platform.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market will again present around six hand-picked international drama series projects looking for co-producers and financial backers.

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Christopher Nolan, Tacita Dean to launch new Lff industry series

28 August 2015 3:01 AM, PDT

Nolan to debate future of film as part of a new series of talks on the industry side of the BFI London Film Festival.

The 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has unveiled a new series of industry talks under the banner Lff Connects, which will aim to explore the future of film and how the medium engages with other creative industries including TV, music, art, games and creative technology. 

Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale Film at the Tate Modern, will launch the new series on Oct 9 at London’s BFI Southbank with a conversation that “reframes the future of film”.

The conversation, moderated by BFI creative director Heather Stewart, will see Nolan and Dean explore the importance of seeing films projected on film as part of our cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future. 

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UK label Sharp Teeth Films to launch with Jim Carrey-produced doc

28 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Asian film specialist Terracotta Distribution expands with new label to focus on titles outside the continent.

Terracotta Distribution, part of the Terracotta Entertainment Group that promotes Asian films in the UK, has launched a new outfit - Sharp Teeth Films.

The label will handle non-Asian films for Terracotta in the UK across theatrical, DVD and VOD.

The first title will be Jim Carey-produced documentary Rubble Kings, highlighting the true story of gangs in 1970s New York that inspired cult classic The Warriors. 

Directed by Shan Nicholson, the film will receive a limited theatrical release in September. First shown at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, Rubble Kings was executive produced by Goldcrest-owned Saboteur.

In October, Sharp Teeth Films will release Shopping Tour on DVD and VOD, a “George Romero-inspired horror satire that playfully takes aim at topical issues including consumerism, xenophobia and immigration panic”.

Directed by Mikhail Brashinsky, Shopping Tour was »


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Bentonville Film Festival unveils 2016 dates

27 August 2015 9:38 PM, PDT

Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment have announced the second annual Bentonville Film Festival.

The festival will run from May 3-8 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola will both return.

“Bff is effecting real change in how women and diverse filmmakers can get their stories in front of audiences, with the support of the world’s largest entertainment and media companies, brands and retailers,” said Davis.

The festival says it runs the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners.

Following the launch this year, Davis and her team plan to expand to include all forms of media. The 2016 programme will include shorts, digital content and TV programming as well as new events to salute Bentonville’s cultural and natural surroundings. 

This year’s inaugural festival drew nearly 50 filmmakers and 40 celebrities from around the country and achieved attendance of approximately 37,000. 

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Incoming Ifta chair attacks Dsm

27 August 2015 8:35 PM, PDT

Exclusive: On the eve of his third term as the trade association’s chairman, Michael Ryan has fired a broadside at European Commission proposals for a Digital Single Market.

The Gfm Films partner will officially transition into the role on September 24 when the Independent Film & Television Alliance (Ifta) holds its annual membership meeting, marking the third time he will have held the position.

In an interview with Screendaily, Ryan said he wanted to use Ifta’s voice to speak out against what he views as a threat to the livelihood of thousands of industry professionals.

“[The Dsm] is patently something that will destroy the independent film business if they pass it into law,” the incoming chairman said.

“We already have the ability to download and take our favourite programmes with us. We don’t need legislation from the European Union allowing it to be broadcast all over the place and deal a death blow to the independent film business »


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Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson board 'The Titan'

27 August 2015 5:30 PM, PDT

Theis sci-fi feature scheduled to commence production in Europe on January 18.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik produces with Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken’s 42 and Arash Amel, with Lennart Ruff set to make his feature directorial debut.

Voltage Pictures will introduce the project to buyers in Canada next month and CAA represents Us rights. Leon Clarance and Motion Picture Capital will produce and fully finance.

Sofia Boutella will also star alongside Worthington and Wilson. The project is based on Max Hurwitz’s screenplay from an original story by Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Amel about a military family who are relocated in space as part of a genetic evolution experiment.

Worthington just wrapped Lionsgate’s The Shack and will next be seen in Venice opener Everest. He is preparing to shoot Hacksaw Ridge for Mel Gibson this autumn before he starts on The Titan and then returns to duty for James Cameron on the Avatar sequels later in 2016.

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Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands in Governors Awards

27 August 2015 1:41 PM, PDT

The Academy board of governors announced on Thursday three special honours ahead of the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on November 14.

Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands will receive Honorary Awards, while Reynolds will collect the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

“The Board is proud to recognise our honourees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs

“We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”

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'By The Sea' to open AFI Fest

27 August 2015 11:30 AM, PDT

The Los Angeles festival has weighed into awards season with an eye-catching world premiere slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s marriage drama.

By The Sea reunites Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt on screen for the first time since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005 and will open the festival on November 5.

The film centres on a troubled couple who attempt to resolve their marital issues while on vacation at a French seaside resort in the 1970s.

Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer also star. Universal is scheduled to open the film in North America on November 13.

“Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest calibre,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “It is an honour for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its world premiere – and in doing so – to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer »


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'By The Sea' to open AFI Fest

27 August 2015 11:30 AM, PDT

The Los Angeles festival has weighed into awards season with an eye-catching world premiere slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s marriage drama.

By The Sea reunites Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt on screen for the first time since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005 and will open the festival on November 5.

The film centres on a troubled couple who attempt to resolve their marital issues while on vacation at a French seaside resort in the 1970s.

Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer also star. Universal is scheduled to open the film in North America on November 13.

“Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest calibre,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “It is an honour for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its world premiere – and in doing so – to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer »


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