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Film London backs screenings

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Seven awards granted to film venues in London.

Seven traditional and non-traditional film venues are to receive £3,000 ($5,000) each in order for them to broaden their programming as part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Allocated by Film London, the Film Hub London’s Boost Awards will bring film-makers from countries including Canada, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands and France to speak about their work at screening events in London.

Funding includes an expansion of A Nos Amours’ Chantal Akerman season, re-scoring of silent films in South London, Cutting East presenting Egyptian music documentary and a director Q&A, Open City Docs Fest’s retrospective of Israeli documentarian Avi Mograbi, the screening of a Canadian sci-fi film in a World War II bunker in Dalston and the screening of Dutch comedy Matterhorn with director Q&As around London, presented by Loco.

Boost Award 2014 Awardees

A Nos Amours – Chantal Akerman: Expanded

Partnering with the Ica and JW3

Screening »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Discovery, BSkyB Set to Acquire U.K.’s Channel 5: Report

9 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Speculation is mounting in the U.K. that a £350 million ($587 million) joint bid by cabler Discovery Communications and Rupert Murdoch’s satcaster BSkyB for British free-tv broadcaster Channel 5 is likely to be successful.

A deal was agreed in principle last week, and was formalized on Monday, according to a report published by U.K. trade magazine Broadcast. Under the deal, Discovery would take a 70% stake and BSkyB would nab the remaining 30%. BSkyB would add Channel 5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

Channel 5′s owner Northern & Shell denied a deal had been inked. “We have a number of bids as expected, which we will evaluate with our advisers over the next few days. Certainly no deal has been done,” a spokesperson said.

Other bidders are thought to include Viacom and Nordic TV group Modern Times Group. Northern & Shell had initially sought more than £700 million ($1.18 billion) for Channel 5.

Northern & Shell, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Discovery on brink of Channel 5 deal

15 April 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Full details are not known, but Discovery is thought to have a 70% share of the deal with BSkyB taking the remaining 30% share, allowing it to add C5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

The deal will mark a significant step for Us media giant Discovery, which has been keen to ramp up both its international portfolio and its exposure to free-to-air broadcasting in key markets.

“We have a number of bids as expected, which we will evaluate with our advisors over the next few days,” said a C5 spokesperson. “Certainly no deal has been done.”

The joint Discovery and BSkyB bid has been the favourite since Broadcast revealed that around 20 parties were interested in submitting bids in March.

MTV-owner Viacom and Scandinavian media firm Modern Times Group »

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Discovery seals Channel 5 deal

15 April 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Full details are not known, but Discovery is thought to have a 70% share of the deal with BSkyB taking the remaining 30% share, allowing it to add C5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

The deal will mark a significant step for Us media giant Discovery, which has been keen to ramp up both its international portfolio and its exposure to free-to-air broadcasting in key markets.

The joint Discovery and BSkyB bid has been the favourite since Broadcast revealed that around 20 parties were interested in submitting bids in March.

MTV-owner Viacom and Scandinavian media firm Modern Times Group were the dark horses, and there was also talk that Desmond could pull the sale process or look to float C5 if a deal was not agreed.

Desmond bought »

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UK firms may gain from quiet MipTV

10 April 2014 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A relatively quiet MipTV was good news for British producers and distributors, who took advantage of a noticeable lack of Americans to strike deals.

MipTV is traditionally quieter than October’s Mipcom, but this week’s event was particularly subdued, with seemingly fewer traders than for many years.

But that was a boon for the Brits who were there, allowing them to take advantage of the lack of Hollywood studios and major Us firms by attracting interest from international broadcasters.

The Honourable Woman, the Drama Republic-produced BBC2 series starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, was a hot title for BBC Worldwide, with networks including French pay broadcaster Canal+ acquiring the series.

There was also evidence of international media firms keen to strike production, acquisition and financing deals with UK indies. Companies including Keshet, the Israeli media group behind Rising Star and Prisoners Of War, the inspiration for Homeland, Germany’s Red Arrow Entertainment, Drg owner Modern Times »

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Miptv: Mtg, Sony Pictures Television In Content Deal For Scandinavia That Addresses Region’s Scheduling Issues

6 April 2014 11:59 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With the proliferation of content coming from Hollywood, Scandinavia has been facing a linear scheduling issue, exacerbated over the past couple of years under volume deals with the studios. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Modern Times Group and Sony Pictures Television are looking to address the situation with an exclusive multi-year content cooperation deal. The agreement will give Mtg’s 10 Nordic free-tv channels, Viasat movie channels and Viaplay online platform the ability to offer Sony movies and TV series across the region. Jakob Mejlhede, Mtg Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Programming and Chief Content Officer of MTGx, recently told me, “It’s very clear that the online audience is there and ready, and consumes a lot of content. But it’s a challenge to schedule some of our shows.” In Scandinavia, Mejlhede says, “online is a kind of cable for us” and with Hollywood providing more and more content, “when you »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Their type? The writers who fell for film stars

14 March 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Siegfried Sassoon and Ivor Novello to Gore Vidal and Fred Astaire, a surprisingly large number of writers have paired off with film stars

On Monday, a raunchy letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich – a surreal fantasy about her, reflecting what he called an "unsynchronised passion" that endured for more than 25 years – is part of an online auction of Dietrich's possessions. Although their relationship remained platonic, many other authors did have movie-star lovers …

F Scott FitzgeraldLois Moran

Fitzgerald's affair in the 1920s with this Zelda lookalike, a silent screen actor who was 17 when he first met her, infuriated his wife – she once threw a jewellery gift from him out of a train window while raging about Moran – but inspired Dick Diver's romance with the actor Rosemary Hoyt in Tender Is the Night.

Siegfried SassoonIvor Novello

The war poet's relationship with Novello – now remembered mostly as a songwriter, »

- John Dugdale

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Green Goblin revealed in new 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' photo

20 February 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Since Sony seems determined to give away just about every twist and turn in the upcoming reboot sequel "Amazing Spider-Man 2," a spoiler warning probably isn't necessary for the the latest photo released from the film. However, if you've somehow been able to avoid spoilers thus far, click away.  It's been common knowledge for some time that Dane DeHaan ("Place Beyond the Pines") is playing Harry Osborn, son of OsCorp founder Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper).  A onetime pal of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), Harry eventually turns into the Green Goblin and fights Spidey in the gears of a giant clock, "Modern Times"-style. »

- Dave Lewis

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Jamaican Bobsled Team Leaves Sochi Empty Handed, But Wins Over Olympians And Fans With Theme Song

16 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The Jamaican bobsled team has come back to the Winter Olympics after a 12-year absence, and they made sure their return made a splash with their very own theme song, “The Bobsled Song.”

The song is set to be timed perfectly to the Sochi bobsled course.

Jamaican Bobsled Team Qualifies For First Time Since 2002

This is the first time the Jamaican bobsled team has qualified for the Olympics since 2002, though their first appearance at the Calgary Games in 1988 inspired so much fanfare, Disney made a film about it. While the Jamaican bobsled team has collected a huge fanbase, in no small part due to the Disney classic Cool Runnings (1993), their chances at gold seem awfully slim. After the first two heats, the two-man bobsled team was at the bottom of the pack, ranking number 30 out of 30. With half the competition over, they were 4.41 seconds behind first place, Russia, who went »

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Julia Mancuso Secures Place In Olympic History After Winning Bronze In Women's Super-Combined

10 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Julia Mancuso became the first American woman to win four Olympic medals in Alpine skiing on Monday after she secured a bronze medal in super-combined.

Julia Mancuso: Most Decorated U.S. Woman In Alpine Skiing

Mancuso, 29, pulled ahead with a spectacular downhill run and managed to do overcome her weaknesses in slalom and come in third, earning the U.S it’s first Sochi Olympic medal in Alpine.

“I really thought I was blowing it… but I knew I just fight to the finnish… Crossing the finish line, just seeing my name in the top three, it didn’t even matter if I could have been better. All that mattered to me was crossing that finish line with a solid run,” Mancuso stated after her win.

Post by Julia Mancuso.

Mancuso joins a small club of Winter Olympians who have won medals in three consecutive Olympic games, which previously »

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A century of tramping

6 February 2014 7:15 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hi all, it’s Tim, here to celebrate a milestone of particular significance in the history not just of movies, but of pop culture generally. This weekend marks a centennial of one of the most iconic figures of the modern world: silent comedian Charles Chaplin’s legendary Little Tramp, who premiered in a pair of short comedies that released 100 years ago by Keystone Studios. The second to be shot, but the first to be released, was the half-reel comic short Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. on February 7, 1914; two days later, it was followed by the single-reel Mabel’s Strange Predicament, during the production of which Chaplin threw together a costume on the fly made of too-large shoes, baggy pants, a tight jacket, and a bowler hat. Within months – if not, indeed, within weeks – the character thus assembled through a quick burst of inspiration had become a sensation with audiences, »

- Tim Brayton

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Super Bowl: How Bob Dylan Jumped From Counterculture Icon to Car Salesman

2 February 2014 6:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bob Dylan has moved from “Positively 4th Street” to absolutely Madison Avenue.

By appearing in a longer-than-usual commercial for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles during the Super Bowl Sunday night – and allowing the use of his wordy 1966 single “I Want You” in a separate spot for Chobani yogurt – has cemented an idea that few would have ascribed to him when he first came to prominence in the 1960s: He’s for sale.

“You can’t import the heart and soul of every man and woman working on the line.” Dylan said Sunday night in the latest of a series of Chrysler Super Bowl ads meant to spark pride in America and the cars it makes. “Let Asia assemble your phone…We will build your car.”

Dylan’s likeness and music have appeared in advertising several times in the recent past – he most notably allowed Pepsi to do a mash-up of his “Forever Young »

- Brian Steinberg

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Dogwoof Sells ‘Blackfish’ Docu To Multiple Territories; BAFTA Awards To Kick Off With Tinie Tempah-Laura Mvula Duet

30 January 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Dogwoof Closes Slew Of Deals For ‘Blackfish’ Documentary Sales outfit Dogwoof has closed a multi-territory deal with Universal Pictures International Entertainment on 2013 Sundance documentary Blackfish. The territories include Asia, Italy, Portugal, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Scandinavia and Latin America. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale who killed several people while in captivity. The controversial and popular film was shortlisted in the Oscar documentary category and has a BAFTA nomination this year. Other territories sold by Dogwoof include German- and French-speaking Europe, Spain, The Netherlands, and a multi-territory deal with Netflix. Tinie Tempah-Laura Mvula Duet Will Open BAFTA Awards For this year’s musical opening, the BAFTA Awards on February 16 will kick off with a duet by multiplatinum-selling English rapper Tinie Tempah and English soul singer Laura Mvula. The pair will sing the track “Heroes,” which appears on Tempah’s album Demonstration. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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'The Daily Show,' 'Teen Mom' in Viacom's Scandinavian VOD Deal With Modern Times Group

30 January 2014 12:35 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Viacom International Media Networks has signed a deal with Scandinavian broadcaster Modern Times Group for exclusive VOD rights to Comedy Central and MTV shows, including The Daily Show, Teen Mom and Catfish, among others, for Mtg's online services in Scandinavia. The shows, which also include reality series such as Geordie Shore, Punked, Cribs and The Hills will go out on Mtg's TV3Play and TV6Play services in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. MTV and Comedy Central content will be shown on the Swedish services while MTV shows will also be carried over the catch-up platforms in Denmark and Norway. The shows

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- Scott Roxborough

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Ranking the Films of The Coen Bros.

23 January 2014 8:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Joel and Ethan Coen have built a reputation as two of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers working today. Dabbling in Film Noir to screwball comedy, from off-beat indies to big-budget studio pieces, their films are adored by critics and audiences alike. The two-man writer-director-producer-editor team, have long been regarded by cinephiles as masters of the craft. Choosing our favourite Coen Bros. film isn’t an easy task, but we asked our staff to rank their films from favourite to least favourite. The results were interesting, with Fargo running away with first place, and two of their 16 films not producing enough votes to justify making the cut (The Lady Killers, Intolerable Cruelty). Here are the results. Let us know which is your favourite Coen Bros. film?

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13. Burn After Reading, 2008

Leave it to Joel and Ethan Coen to follow-up their award winning mammoth No Country for Old Men just a year later with the spry, »

- Ricky

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Make laugh not war: lessons in satire

17 January 2014 1:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Creatives have always punctured power by exposing its funny side, welcoming those who might shy away from controversy

Jonathan Wakeham's top 10 satirical comedies

Fifty years ago, Stanley Kubrick co-wrote and directed the film Dr Strangelove. It's now a comedy classic, but it was adapted from a book called Red Alert by an Raf officer named Peter George – an entirely serious indictment of the supposedly failsafe systems designed to prevent nuclear war.

Kubrick was fascinated by nuclear conflict. But the more he read about the situation, the more he became convinced that a realistic treatment simply couldn't dramatise the absurdity of the situation: that each side possessed enough weaponry to destroy the world several times over; that winning a nuclear war was like winning a suicide race.

What emerged was not the serious drama that Peter George had intended, but a dark and brilliant comedy that still informs the way we look at global conflict. »

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Find Out Just How Much It Costs to Own Hollywood's Most Iconic Props

8 January 2014 12:32 PM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

On Beverly Hills Pawn, we get an inside look at what goes on at Yossi Dina's legendary pawn shop. Many of his clients are looking to sell iconic pieces of Hollywood history, so we decided to see where the most famous props in the history of film have ended up, and how much it cost people to get their hands on them.

Take a look at some Hollywood History

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Beverly Hills Pawn | The Wizard of Oz | Citizen Kane | Casablanca | The Maltese Falcon | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring | The Seven Year Itch | Modern Times | Raiders of the Lost Ark »

- Sean Gandert

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These definitely real Twitter users want you to see 'Muppets Most Wanted' -- Video

8 January 2014 6:57 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In These Modern Times, it’s no longer enough to simply make a trailer for your movie. You’ve got to plan an elaborate public stunt designed to fool people into believing that telekinesis is real, or create a fake conspiracy theory about how one of your film’s main players shot JFK, or garner $20 million worth of free advertising by having your star shoot 70 different car commercials, co-host the Canadian Olympic curling trials, and give college journalism students faux-important career advice, all without breaking character.

Comparatively, then, the latest trailer for Muppets Most Wanted — which comes complete with a »

- Hillary Busis

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Warner Bros. Eyeing Dutch TV Producer Eyeworks: Reports

7 January 2014 12:33 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Warner Bros isn’t talking, but Dutch media is reporting today that the company is in talks to acquire Netherlands-based TV producer Eyeworks, Reuters said. Warner Bros International Television Production already has a majority stake in UK production group Shed Media and in BlazHoffski Holdingan, an indie producer that operates in The Netherlands and Belgium. Eyeworks produces and distributes unscripted programs in 16 countries including many in Europe as well as the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Latin America. Among its shows are Celebrity Splash, Extreme Weight Loss, Test The Nation and I Know What You Did Last Friday. European production companies have been increasingly attractive acquisitions targets in general over the last year, with ITV taking majority stakes in the UK’s Big Talk, The Garden and So Television while Modern Times Group bought Nordic outfit Nice Entertainment and FremantleMedia took controlling interest in Denmark’s Miso Film. Also, »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" Shines Brighter Than Ever

1 January 2014 7:09 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Though we now have films like Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist which treat silent films like a novelty, at one point they were the height of modern cinema. Even after talkie’s had been introduced, silent films continued on for a while, and as a result one of the best silent film comedies of all time came about: Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. Lighter on social commentary than other Chaplin films like Modern Times or The Great Dictator, City Lights was one hundred percent sentimental whimsy with lots of great visual gags. It’s Charlie Chaplin at the top of his game creating a silent film that could rival any spoken film of the time and entertaining any viewer who sits down to watch it. The film finally receives the HD treatment courtesy of The Criterion Collection, and the result is a crisper release of the film than you’ve ever seen. »

- Lex Walker

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