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Interstellar pair wow Comic-Con

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Fans got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon (24) as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage to talk up the upcoming sci-fi.

Star and director stirred up the crowd simply by being in town – both said they had wanted to come in previous years but schedules got in the way – before Nolan introduced a world exclusive trailer for Interstellar.

“The single biggest influence for me was 2001,” Nolan said when asked about his formative cinematic experiences.

“I was able to go with my dad and see it in London on the big screen… We have the opportunity to tell a similarly ambitious story. That’s my ambition for the film and I’m striving towards it.”

The clip showed the by-now-familiar scenes of McConaughey’s engineer character bidding farewell to his children as he prepares for an unprecedented space mission beyond the Solar System.

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Interstellar pair wow the crowd

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Fans got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon (24) as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage to talk up the upcoming sci-fi.

Star and director stirred up the crowd simply by being in town – both said they had wanted to come in previous years but schedules got in the way – before Nolan introduced a world exclusive trailer for Interstellar.

“The single biggest influence for me was 2001,” Nolan said when asked about his formative cinematic experiences.

“I was able to go with my dad and see it in London on the big screen… We have the opportunity to tell a similarly ambitious story. That’s my ambition for the film and I’m striving towards it.”

The clip showed the by-now-familiar scenes of McConaughey’s engineer character bidding farewell to his children as he prepares for an unprecedented space mission beyond the Solar System.

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Comic-Con: Interstellar wows the crowd

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Fans of Interstellar got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage.

Star and director wowed the crowd simply by being in town – both said they had wanted to come in previous years but schedules got in the way – before Nolan introduced a world exclusive trailer for Interstellar.

“The single biggest influence for me was 2001,” Nolan said when asked about sci-fi influences.

“I was able to go with my dad and see it in London on the big screen… We have the opportunity to tell a similarly ambitious story. That’s my ambition for the film and I’m striving towards it.”

The clip showed the by-now-familiar scenes of McConaughey’s engineer character bidding farewell to his children as he prepares for an unprecedented space mission.

What was new was footage of some kind of landing or fly-by on what appeared to be an »


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Comic-Con: Cumberbatch in Con debut

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Benedict Cumberbatch earned a rapturous reception from the adoring masses in Hall H during his maiden Comic-Con appearance at the DreamWorks Animation panel on Thursday (24) and hinted at future visits.

When asked by an audience member towards the end of the panel – the first by a Hollywood studio at this year’s show – if he would return as Sherlock next year, the British actor said “Possibly.”

To the business at hand. Cumberbatch was in San Diego to talk up his first ever voice role in an animation. He plays Classified, a secret agent wolf who aids the eponymous Penguins Of Madagascar, due out in November.

“I like the idea of unpacking a spy and trying to make him more human, if that makes sense with a wolf,” he said.

Cumberbatch said he jumped at the chance to work with John Malkovich, another Comic-Con debutant in attendance who voices the part of the villainous Dave the octopus.  

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Comic-Con: Jeff Bridges talks The Giver

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Jeff Bridges spoke of his 19-year journey to bring Lois Lowry’s novel to the big screen at a thoughtful panel hosted by The Weinstein Company on Thursday (24).

Bridges had originally intended to direct The Giver himself and have his father Lloyd play the eponymous role that he himself would eventually take on.

“It was a terrific children’s book but also I enjoyed it so much as an adult and loved its themes and poetry,” Bridges told Hall H.

“I tried to get it made for 18 or 19 years and it proved to be difficult because it was controversial. Lois and I were in Las Vegas at a banned book conference [discussing it.]

“But it was taught in schools. That controversy scared some financiers away but it inspired some and I am so glad The Weinstein Company and Walden had the courage to put this out.”

Lowry seemed to have been taken aback by the way the book has »


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Wild Bunch, Senator announce merger

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Merger ties in with Senator Entertainment’s restructuring strategy.

German Senator Entertainment and French Wild Bunch are planning to merge their activities to create a single, independent filmed entertainment and production group.

“The proposed combination of these two independent distribution companies will create an attractive and strong group, well positioned to grow into a global player with capabilities across all distribution channels, from cinema to digital,” the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Under the proposed operation, the new company would manage a library of 2,200 films and have consolidated revenues of more than €185m (according to 2013 figures).

“Senator Entertainment’s experience and assets in Germany combined with Wild Bunch Germany’s activities will make the new company, an even more powerful player on the largest media market in Europe,” the statement continued.

The new company would also work on expanding Wild Bunch’s existing presence in France (Wild Bunch Distribution and Wild Side), Spain (Vertigo »

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Goldwyn toasts Champagne

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to David Kennard’s A Year In Champagne

Kennard’s follow-up to documentary A Year In Burgundy will open in early spring 2015 and chronicles the history of the iconic bubbly.

Samuel Goldwyn Films brokered the deal with executive producer Todd Ruppert.

Focus Features will release Christ The Lord wide on March 23, 2016. The story attempts to present a broader understanding of Jesus Christ and his family, inspired by Biblical accounts of his youth. »


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Shoot begins on Adam Jones

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Principal photography has begun on The Weinstein Company’s Adam Jones (formerly The Chef) starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Daniel Bruhl.

The drama about an ambitious two-star Michelin chef will start in New Orleans and Move to London untl the end of September.

The cast includes Riccardo Scarmacio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene and Alicia Vikander.

John Wells directs from a screenplay by Steven Knight. Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg and Erwin Stoff are producing.

Dylan Sellers, Julie Rapaport and Negeen Yazdi are overseeing production for TWC.   

Parker Posey and Jamies Blackley have joined Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone on Woody Allen’s latest film, currently shooting in Rhode Island. The untitled Gravier Productions film is produced by Allen’s longtime associates Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Magic In The Moonlight opens through Spc on July 25. »


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UK production spend tops £1bn; indie spend falls

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UK film sector buoyant but BFI stats reveal local declines.

The amount spent on UK independent films and the number of them declined in 2013, according to new statistics from the BFI.

While the UK film sector remains generally buoyant, with more companies than ever, strong box office, awards success and high levels of inward investment, the BFI’s Statistical Yearbook, published today, also reveals some areas of decline.

Production spend

Total production spend in the UK increased from £994m in 2012 to £1.07bn last year.

The UK remains turbo-charged by inward investment. Inward investment films - attracted by UK tax breaks and crew - contributed £860m (81%) to the total UK production spend in 2013, up £189m (28%) from 2012 but lower than spends in 2010 and 2011.

A total of 16 big budget films accounted for 72% of the total UK spend.

However, domestic UK films spent £154m on production last year, a fall of £90m from 2012. While data for the year is still being collected »


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UK indie film spend, volume falls

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UK film sector buoyant but BFI stats reveal local declines.

The amount spent on UK independent films and the number of them declined in 2013, according to new statistics from the BFI.

While the UK film sector remains generally buoyant, with more companies than ever, strong box office, awards success and high levels of inward investment, the BFI’s Statistical Yearbook, published today, also reveals some areas of decline.

Production spend

The UK remains turbo-charged by inward investment. Inward investment films  - attracted by UK tax breaks and crew - contributed £860m (81%) to the total UK production spend in 2013, up £189m (28%) from 2012 but lower than spends in 2010 and 2011.

A total of 16 big budget films accounted for 72% of the total UK spend.

Meanwhile, domestic UK films spent £154m on production last year, a fall of £90m from 2012. While data for the year is still being collected, the figure is the lowest since 2004.

Production volume

Last year 241 films were produced »


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San Seb reveals Spanish line-up

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Alberto Rodríguez, Carlos Vermut, Jon Garaó and Jm Goneada will premiere their new titles.

The 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27) has revealed the three Spanish titles that will compete for the Golden Shell at this year’s event.

Filmmaker Alberto Rodríguez will screen Marshland (La isla mínima), a thriller set in post-Franco Spain about the disappearance of two teenage girls that combines dark thriller elements with the trauma of a country freshly out of a dictatorship. José Antonio Félez (Cousinhood, Family United) produces.

Carlos Vermut hit big with his self-produced debut, Diamond Flash, a personal film about a mysterious superhero.

His second feature, Magical Girl, is more mainstream and tells the story of an unemployed father who will do anything to buy his daughter her dream dress. Legendary actor José Sacristán is cast in the film, which deals with the current economic crisis impacting Spain.

A surprise came with the selection of Loreak - the Basque »


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Secret Cinema cancels Back to the Future opening night

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Event cinema organiser cancels opening night of its biggest production to date at the eleventh hour.

Secret Cinema has cancelled the opening night of its biggest production to date, an ambitious outdoor screening of Back to the Future, just hours before its launch.

A statement from Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall said: “We are working around the clock with the production team to resolve any issues. We are devastated to have to make this announcement, and we appreciate everyone who has made plans for tonight’s event. We are doing everything we possibly can.”

The event cinema organiser, which has made its name with immersive productions built around Blade Runner, The Shawshank Redemption and more recently The Grand Budapest Hotel, said on Twitter:

“Urgent: Tonight’s Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future performance is Cancelled. All tickets holders will receive an email with more…”

Within an hour of making the announcement, nearly 250 comments »


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’71 sets UK release date

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Yann Demange’s Belfast thriller, starring Jack O’Connell, lands October release.

StudioCanal is to release action thriller ’71 across the UK on October 10.

The film, from first-time feature director Yann Demange, received its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and has gone on to play at Beaune, Karlovy Vary and Jerusalem as well as the recent Bogota Audiovisual Market.

The October release will likely follow further festival outings.

’71 stars Jack O’Connell as a young British soldier, accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast during the Troubles. The young recruit has to on the run and into hiding behind enemy lines to survive the night.

Co-stars include Sean Harris, Killian Scott, Martin McCann and Charlie Murphy. The screenplay was written by Gregory Burke. »


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Laggies sets UK release, new title

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Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.Say When, being released in the Us under its original title Laggies, is set to open across the UK through Icon Film Distribution on Oct 10.Directed by Lynn Shelton, the film received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.Keira Knightly stars as Megan, whose refuses to grow up while her friends are settling down. After her boyfriend pr

Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.

Say When, being released in the Us under its original title Laggies, is set to open across the UK through Icon Film Distribution on Oct 10.

Directed by Lynn Shelton, the film received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Keira Knightly stars as Megan, whose refuses »


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Venice unveils 2014 line-up

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David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence among competition titles.Scroll down for full lists

The line-up for the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6) has been revealed this morning by Biennale president Paolo Baratta and film festival director Alberto Barbera at Rome’s St. Regis Grand Hotel.

Early standouts include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, which centres on the final days of the Italian filmmaker and his death in 1975; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino as a locksmith in a small town who never got over the love of his life; and The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.

As previously announced, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the festival on August 27 and is among the 20-strong competition titles, of which all »


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Kon-Tiki finally getting UK release

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Exclusive: Two years after it first debuted, Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki will finally be seen by UK cinemagoers.

Soda Pictures has acquired the UK-Eire rights to Kon-Tiki from the Weinstein Company.

The film will be released in the UK on December 19, with a special presentation at the Curzon Mayfair cinema in London.

Based on a true story, the historical drama centres on the 1947 expedition by Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl who travelled on a raft across the Pacific Ocean to prove that Polynesians had South American roots.

The film was shot in both English and Norwegian and went on to be a major box office success in Norway, critically acclaimed around the world and nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and European Film Award.

It won four Norwegian Academy Awards including the People’s Choice Award for the two directors, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. It was produced by Jeremy Thomas and Aage Aaberge.

The UK deal »


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Big Hero 6 world premiere to open Tokyo

23 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its opening film will be the world premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6.

The closing film will be the world premiere of Parasyte, the live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga, directed by Takashi Yamazaki (The Eternal Zero).

Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams said: “It is truly an honor to be selected as the opening film. The setting of our film, San Fransokyo, is a fictional, futuristic mash-up of two of our favorite cities in the world – San Francisco and Tokyo, and the research we did in Tokyo informed every detail of the film. We look forward to bringing out film to this city that so deeply inspired us.”

The animation features a 14-year-old robotics prodigy and a robot called Baymax that join forces with a team of crimefighters to save the city. Voice actors include Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter and [link »


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Columbia exec segues into producer deal

23 July 2014 1:16 PM, PDT

Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as evp of production at Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.

Straight away Cantillon joins the production team on the untitled Ridley Scott drama based on Game Brain, about the prevalence of concussion in football players.

Cantillon joined Columbia Pictures in 2005 and oversaw Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall (pictured), as well as The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, among others.

Before Sony she served as evp of production at MGM Studios. »


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Colcoa announces 2015 dates

23 July 2014 12:50 PM, PDT

The annual week of French film premieres will take place in Los Angeles in April 2015 and this time organisers will add an extra day.

Colcoa will run from April 20-28 with the awards ceremony set for April 27 – a Monday rather than a Sunday.

The 19th edition of Colcoa will take place at its usual venue, the Directors Guild Of America (DGA) in West Hollywood. 

Colcoa is presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund – a collaboration between the DGA, MPAA, Sacem, WGA West, with the support of the Film & TV Office of the French Consulate of Los Angeles, l’Arp, the Cnc and Unifrance. »

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Gnosis, Vinton set animation slate

23 July 2014 12:43 PM, PDT

Gnosis Moving Pictures and Vinton Entertainment have signed a co-production deal on a slate of CG animated features for Oscar winner Will Vinton to direct.

The slate includes The Quest, a Monty Python-esque comedy set in outer space that Vinton (pictured) co-wrote with Andrew Wiese and Peter Crabbe. The film will feature the voice of John Cleese.  

Jack Hightower, based on the Dark Horse graphic novel, is a comedic action adventure about a macho secret agent who shrinks to the size of a hotdog.

Moby & Dick, inspired by the Herman Melville novel and tells of the bond between fathers and sons. 

Nicholas, a mix of 3D stop-animation and CGI, is an action–adventure story based on L Frank Baum’s novel, The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus.

“Our partnership with animation icon Will Vinton is poised to produce engaging and thought-provoking animated content for children and families from one of the best in the business,” said »


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