Alerts: 2012

David O. Russell will receive Variety’s Indie Impact Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for his contribution to cinema.  31 December 2012



‘The Hobbit’ survived the challenge of ‘Django’ and ‘Les Miz’ to retain its No 1 position at the North American weekend box office.  30 December 2012



The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has crossed the $200m milestone at the North American box office, taking its worldwide tally to $573m.  29 December 2012



Maggie Gyllenhaal has joined the cast of Lenny Abrahamson’s music comedy, ‘Frank’, alongside Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson.  29 December 2012



The Rome Film Festival will present Quentin Tarantino with a special lifetime achievement award at the European premiere of Django Unchained.  28 December 2012



Paul Thomas Anderson plans to start filming next year on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s private investigator novel, Inherent Vice.  27 December 2012



Danny Boyle’s thriller ‘Trance’, starring James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel, will start its theatrical release in the UK on March, 27.  26 December 2012



Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained exceeded expectations on its North American Christmas Day debut, grossing $15.5m in second place.  26 December 2012



Les Misérables has won the Chirstmas Day battle at the North American box office after grossing $18m on its debut.  26 December 2012



Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel will return from ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ to star in Wes Anderson’s next feature, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’.  26 December 2012



Forbes names Robert Downey Jr. as the top grossing actor of the year based on global box office takings.  24 December 2012



Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ has made a late surge in the critics’ awards receiving best film from both the Oklahoma and Nevada circles.  24 December 2012



Lasse Hallström’s crime thriller, The Hypnotist, will receive its North American premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  22 December 2012



The Black Film Critics Circle has gone with the flow and awarded best film, director and actress to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.  22 December 2012



The Walt Disney Company has completed the $4.06 billion acquisition of LucasFilm, which includes the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.  22 December 2012



Foreign-Language Oscar Shortlist sets up a battle of opposites between the two frontrunners, Amour and The Intouchables.  21 December 2012



Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster, starring Tony Leung, will open the Berlin International Film Festival out of competition on Feb 7.  19 December 2012



Both the Kansas City and San Francisco film critics honoured Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ as the year’s best film.  17 December 2012



Warwick Thornton will follow his Caméra d’Or winning ‘Samson and Delilah’ with a docu-drama based on ‘real life’ poignant ghost stories.  17 December 2012



‘Holy Motors’ tops Film Comment’s survey on the fifty best films of the year ahead of runner-up, ‘The Master.  14 December 2012



Alicia Vikander, who came to prominence in ‘A Royal Affair’ earlier this year, is the latest to join the cast of Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks dramatisation.  14 December. 2012



Emerging star Scott Speedman has joined the cast of Atom Egoyan’s child abduction mystery, Queen Of The Night, alongside Ryan Reynolds.  14 December 2012



Zero Dark Thirty misses out on a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Awards’ equivalent to best film after dominating the critics’ honours.  12 December 2012



A potentially intriguing collaboration could see Michelle Williams play the lead in Joshua Marston’s speed dating drama, The Double Hour.  12 December 2012



Joel Edgerton has joined the cast of Lynne Ramsay’s Western,’Jane Got A Gun’ alongside Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.  12 December 2012



Congratulations to The LA Film Critics for showing some independence of thought in awarding best film to Michael Haneke’s Amour.  9 December 2012



…and another one, the Boston Online Film Critics become the fourth critics group to award best film to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.  9 December 2012



More success for Katheryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty ‘ as Boston becomes the third film critics circle to award it best film.  9 December 2012



Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the way in the Washington Film Critics awards after receiving eight noms inc, best film, director and actor.  9 December 2012



Kevin Smith intends to end his directing career where it began with characters Randal and Dante in a third ‘Clerks’ movie.  9 December 2012



The IDA has awarded best documentary to Malik Bendjelloul’s feel good rock-doc ‘Searching for Sugar Man’.  8 December 2012



Alejandro González Iñárritu (‘Amores Perros’) will turn to comedy for his new feature, ‘Birdman’, which starts filming next March.  7 December 2012



The National Board of Review has followed NY critics in awarding best film to Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.  6 December 2012



Jonathan Demme is no longer directing an adaptation of Stephen King’s time travel novel, ’11/22/63′, following artistic differences.  6 December 2012



Silver Linings Playbook received best film, director, actor and actress nominations for the International Press Academy’s Satellite Awards.  4 December 2012



Stephan Elliott and Al Clark, the director/producer combo on ‘The Adventures of Priscilla’, are to reunite for a new comedy.  4 December 2012



The New York Film Critics Circle has awarded best film, direction and cinematography to Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.  4 December 2012



Kim Nguyen’s foreign language Oscar contender, ‘War Witch’, has won the top prize at the Int’l Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.  2 December 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Scott Graham’s acclaimed debut feature, ‘Shell’, starring Chloe Pirrie and Joseph Mawle, has won best film at the 30th Turin Film Festival.  2 December 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Kim Nguyen’s foreign language Oscar contender, ‘War Witch’, has won the top prize at the Int’l Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.  2 December 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner, Amour, dominated the European film awards tonight, taking best film, director, actor and actress.  1 December 2012 (FIU)



The Directors Guild of America will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Milos Forman, best known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  29 November 2012 (FIU)



Lynn Shelton’s keenly awaited ‘Touchy Feely’ is amongst the world premieres that will compete in the US dramatic competition at Sundance.  29 November 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Eduardo Villanueva’s second feature, ‘Penumbra’, a Hubert Bals Fund-supported film, receives its world premiere in competition at Rotterdam.  29 November 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom received five nominations each to lead the way in the Independent Spirit Awards.  28 November 2012 (FIU)



Wes Anderson’s Cannes opener, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, has won best film at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.  27 November 2012 (FIU)



Ben Mendelsohn has come aboard Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, a self-branded fantasy noir with Christina Hendricks playing the lead.  26 November 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Ken Loach has declined Turin Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award as a protest against redundancy of low paid workers.  23 November 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Larry Clark’s latest disaffected youth drama, Marfa Girl, has won the Golden Marc’Aurelio for best film at Rome Film Festival.  19 November 2012 (FIU)



Harmony Korine’s first feature for three years, ‘Spring Breakers’, will receive a wide US theatrical release next spring.  15 November 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Benicio Del Toro is negotiationing to play the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost, which starts filming next March.  14 November 2012 (FIU)



The Weinstein Company has acquired North American distribution rights to the Snowpiercer, the latest film from Bong Joon-ho (The Host).  12 November 2012 (FIU)



‘Skyfall’ got off to a flyer at the North American box office with a new opening day record for a Bond movie.  11 November 2012 (FIU)



Man Under will mark Tim Robbins long overdue return to directing films for theatrical release, his first since Cradle Will Rock 13 years ago.  8 November 2013 (Cinefile Review)



Phillip Noyce (‘Rabbit-Prove Fence’) is in negotiations to direct ‘The Giver’, based upon Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel of the same name.  8 November 2013 (Cinefile Review)



Broken, the debut feature of theatre director turned filmmaker, Rufus Norris, received 9 nominations for the British Independent Film Awards.  7 November 2013 (Cinefile Review)



Dexter Fletcher will direct an adaptation of Stephen Greenhorn’s hit musical  ‘Sunshine on Leith’, starring Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks.  6 November 2012 (FIU)



The latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, controlled the international weekend box office, taking a further $156m from 81 markets.  5 November 2012 (FIU)



Disney’s video game animation, Wreck-It Ralph, easily won the North American weekend box office, grossing an impressive estimated $49m.  5 November 2012 (FIU)



Jeff Goldblum is the latest to join the cast of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, ahead of filming in the new year.  4 November 2012 (FIU)



Viola Davis (The Help) will star in Denis Villeneuve’s kidnap thriller, Prisoners, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo.  4 November 2012 (FIU)



Golden Bear winner, Claudia Llosa, starts filming in February on her next feature, Cry/Fly, starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy.  3 November 2012



Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton have added strong character actor credibility to ‘Parkland’, the latest film revisiting JFK’s death.  1 November 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage thriller, Argo, claimed the top spot at the North American weekend box office after three weeks in play.  29 October 2012 (FIU)



The 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, dominated the international weekend box office, grossing $77.7m from 25 markets.  29 October 2012 (FIU)



The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought goes to Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi, and his compatriot, human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh.  26 October 2012 (FIU)



William Faulkner’s estate is suing Sony for copyright infringement after Woody Allen quoted the author in last year’s ‘Midnight in Paris’.  26 October 2012 (FIU)



Timothy Spall will play the lead in Mike Leigh’s biopic on the Romantic landscape painter, JMW Turner.  23 October 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Paranormal Activity 4 claimed No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office despite a comparatively disappointing performance.  22 October 2012 (FIU)



Paranormal Activity 4 narrowly defeated Taken 2 at the international weekend box office to take the top position after grossing $26.5m.  22 October 2012 (FIU)



Sundance winner, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, is a surprise omission from the best feature nominations for the Gotham Independent Film Awards.  18 October 2012 (FIU)



Adrien Brody has come aboard Paul Haggis’ fifth feature, ‘The Third Person’, which commenced shooting in Rome this week.  17 October 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Lee Daniels (Precious) is set to direct the Janis Joplin biopic, ‘Get It While You Can’, with filming scheduled for early next year.  17 October 2012 (FIU)



Paramount has acquired North American distribution rights to Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  17 October 2012 (FIU)



Leos Carax’s controversial Cannes title ‘Holy Motors’ wins best film and director at the 45th Sitges Film Festival.  16 October 2012 (Cinefile Review)



‘Taken 2’ saw off a strong challenge from new releases, ‘Argo’ and ‘Sinister’, in remaining No 1 at the North American weekend box office.  16 October 2012 (FIU)



Action thriller, Taken 2, grossed $45.1m to retain the top spot at the international weekend box office.  16 October 2012 (FIU)



Christoph Waltz will play Mikhail Gorbachev in Mike Newell’s Reykjavik, a dramatisation of the 1986 summit to end the Cold War.  16 October 2012 (FIU)



‘Taken 2’ grossed an estimated $7m on Friday at the North American box office and remains on course to retain the No 1 spot.  14 October 2012 (FIU)



Tom Harper is directing the sequel to the global horror smash, The Woman in Black, and will set it four decades later than the original.  12 October 2012 (FIU)



Michelle Williams is set to star in Saul Dibb’s adaptation of Suite Française, a bestselling novel by Auschwitz victim Irène Némirovsky.  11 October 2012 (FIU)



John Appel’s ‘Wrong Time Wrong Place’ will open the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, which runs from Nov 14-25.  10 October 2012 (Docufilm Review)



Marfa Girl, the latest feature from the confrontational Larry Clark (Kids), will receive its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival.  10 October 2012 (Cinefile Review)



The European Film Academy will honour Bernardo Bertolucci with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its next awards ceremony on December 1.  9 October 2012 (FIU)



A record number of 71 territories have submitted entries for the next Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film.  9 October 2012 (FIU)



Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild has won another award, taking the Golden Puffin at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.  8 October 2012 (FIU)



Taken 2, which stormed to the top of both the North American and international weekend box offices, has already amassed $117m worldwide.  8 October 2012 (FIU)



Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) has completed her third feature, Las Jotas (The Gang Of The J’s), an oddball gangster comedy with her playing the lead.  7 October 2012 (FIU)



‘Taken 2’ gained control of the North American box office on Friday, grossing an estimated $18.6m en route to a possible $50m weekend haul.  6 October 2012 (FIU)



Joanna Hogg (Archipelago) has commenced shooting on her currently unnamed third feature, starring Viv Albertine and Liam Gillick.  6 October 2012 (FIU)



George Clooney is targeting Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett for key roles in his adaptation of Robert Edsel’s ‘The Monuments Men’.  5 October 2012 (Cinefile Review)



SPC has acquired North American rights to Rama Burshtein’s acclaimed Fill The Void, winner of best film at the Israeli Ophir Awards.  3 October 2012 (FIU)



John Michael McDonagh has started shooting on his keenly awaited black comedy, ‘Calvary’, starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd.  3 October 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Ice Age 4 became the most successful animation feature of all time internationally after reaching $693.3m at the weekend box office.  1 October 2012 (FIU)



Sony’s family animation, Hotel Transylvania, wins the North American weekend box office with a huge $43m three day haul.  1 October 2012 (FIU)



No surprise at San Sebastián International Film Festival as Francois Ozon’s latest feature, In The House, wins the Golden Shell.  1 October 2012 (FIU)



Rufus Norris’ social realist drama, Broken, starring Cillian Murphy, has won the international competition at the Zurich Film Festival.  1 October 2012 (FIU)



Hotel Transylvania revived the North American box office by taking an estimated $11m yesterday, on course for an easy weekend win.  29 September 2012 (FIU)



eOne Films will release Brian De Palma’s Passion, starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams, in North America next year.  29 September 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Magnolia has acquired US distribution rights to Terrence Malick’s new feature, ‘To The Wonder’, starting Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams.  29 September 2012 (FIU)



Hou Hsiao Hsien (‘A City of Sadness’) will commence shooting on ‘The Assassin’ next month; his first ever martial arts movie.  29 September 2012 (Cinefile Review)



The Weinsteins have acquired US distribution rights to Lee Daniels’ keenly anticipated, The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Melissa Leo.  25 September 2012 (FIU)



Johnnie To’s crime thriller, Life Without Principle, is Hong Kong’s official entry for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film.  24 September 2012 (FIU)



Universal’s Ted crossed the $200m milestone at the international box office after grossing a further $9.3m over the weekend.  24 September 2012 (FIU)



Resident Evil: Retribution retained the top spot at the international weekend box office notwithstanding a weak performance domestically.  24 September 2012 (FIU)



Estimates indicate that House at the End of the Street and End of Watch will tie for the top spot at the weekend’s North American box office.  23 September 2012 (FIU)



IFC Films have acquired North American distribution rights to Noah Baumbach’s comedy, Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig.  21 September 2012 (FIU)



Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, winner of best actor and script at Berlin IFF, is Denmark’s Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film.  21 September 2012 (FIU)



Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, will receive its world premiere on Nov 8 as the closing film of AFI Fest.  21 September 2012 (FIU)



Sacha Gervasi’s keenly awaited Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, will open in the US on Nov 23.  21 September 2012 (FIU)



Roman Polanski is bringing David Ives’ Broadway hit, Venus in Fur, to the big screen and will commence shooting as early as November.  20 September 2012 (Cinefile Review)



This year’s Tribeca Film Festival winner, Kim Nguyen’s War Witch, will be Canada’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.  19 September 2012 (Cinefile Review)



The Academy has moved its Oscar nominations’ announcement to the earlier date of Jan 10, just three days before the Golden Globes’ ceremony.  19 September 2012 (FIU)



France’s box office hit at home and internationally, ‘Intouchables’, will be its Academy Award entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film.  18 September 2012 (FIU)



Sony’s Resident Evil: Retribution claimed the top spot at the international box office this weekend after grossing an estimated $50m.  17 September 2012 (FIU)



David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, won the coveted audience award at Toronto IFF.  17 September 2012 (FIU)



Resident Evil: Retribution is set to claim the top spot at the North American box office this weekend after grossing $8.4m on Friday.  16 September 2012. (FIU)



The Master is on course for the best ever North American opening weekend average for a live-action movie after debuting in five locations yesterday.  16 September 2012 (FIU)



Leading documentary filmmaker, Errol Morris, will turn his attention to the former US Defence Secretary, Don Rumsfeld for his next feature.  12 September 2012 (Docufilm Review)



Sam Rami-produced The Possession grossed $9.5m at the North American box office to take the top spot for the second consecutive weekend.  10 September 2012 (FIU)



The Dark Knight Rises crossed the $600m milestone at the international box office last weekend to retain its No 1 spot.  10 September 2012 (FIU)



Focus Features have acquired U.S. distribution rights to Derek Cianfrance’s Toronto hit, The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling.  9 September 2012 (FIU)



Venice International Film Festival’s jury, led by Micheal Mann, has awarded this year’s Golden Lion to Kim Ki-duk’s ‘Pieta’.  9 September 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Possession seems set to retain its No 1 position at the North American weekend box office after new releases failed to make an impact on Friday.  8 September 2012 (FIU)



New James Bond movie, Skyfall, will receive its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Oct 23, with cast and crew in attendance.  8 September 2012 (FIU)



Anchor Bay has acquired US and UK distribution rights to Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car, starring Kevin Bacon and Robert Duvall.  8 September 2012 (FIU)



Cate Shortland’s Lore, filmed in the German language, is Australia’s official entry for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film.  8 September 2012 (FIU)



FilmDistrict has acquired US distribution rights to Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen.  8 September 2012 (FIU)



Eric Roth, who won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for Forrest Gump, will receive Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award.  6 September 2012 (Cinefile Review)



The European premiere of François Ozon’s latest feature, Dans La Maison, will close this year’s Zurich Film Festival.  6 September 2012 (Film Provocation)



Lasse Hallström’s The Hypnotist is Sweden’s official entry for consideration in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.  6 September 2012 (FIU)



The BFI London Film Festival will host the world premiere of Brett Morgen’s keenly awaited Rolling Stones documentary, Crossfire Hurricane.  5 September 2012 (UK Film)



Annapurna Pictures have acquired US distribution rights to Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers ahead of today’s Venice world premiere.  5 September 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Carlo Chatrian, who has held various high-profile roles with the Locarno Film Festival, will succeed Olivier Père as its artistic director.  4 September 2012 (Film Provocation)



Ben Wheatley is set to commence filming on A Field in England, an idiosyncratic take on the English Civil War.  4 September 2012 (UK Film)



A US federal court has held that Marilyn Monroe’s estate does not have any legal grounds to charge for the use of the star’s image.  3 September 2012 (FIU)



Spider-Man defeats Batman in the box office battle for Chinese supremacy, but The Dark Knight Rises remains No 1 overall internationally.  3 September 2012 (FIU)



Sam Rami-produced ‘The Possession’, will claim top spot at the North American box office, grossing over $21m during the Labor Day weekend.  2 September 2012 (FIU)



Berlin IFF hits, Caesar Must Die and Barbara, are amongst the nominees for the European Film Academy’s People’s Choice Award.  1 September 2012 (FIU)



As the economic squeeze pushes more films towards public monies, Eurimages plans to expand its current €25m yearly fund beyond Europe.  1 September 2012 (FIU)



Rai Trade has picked up international sales on Giada Colagrande’s Marina Abramovic doc, the second to feature the Serbian artist this year.  1 September 2012 (Docufilm Review)



Lucky Red has acquired Italian distribution rights to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, ahead of its Venice IFF world premiere.  31 August 2012 (FIU)



Acclaimed screenwriter, Hossein Amini (Drive) has started filming on his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January, starring Kirsten Dunst.  31 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Germany has selected Christian Petzold’s Berlinale hit, Barbara, as its official entry for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film.  30 August 2012 (FIU)



Michael Douglas is set to play Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, a portrayal of the former President’s pivotal 1986 summit with Mikhail Gorbachev.  30 August 2012 (FIU)



Busan International Film Festival has awarded this year’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year to controversial Japanese director, Wakamatsu Koji.  30 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



The Amazing Spider-Man has passed the $700m worldwide milestone after grossing $5.46m on its Chinese debut yesterday.  28 August 2012 (FIU)



Wong Kar Wai (Chungking Express, In The Mood for Love) will be president of the international jury at the 63rd edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.  28 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



The Dark Knight Rises claimed the No 1 spot at the international box office for the sixth consecutive weekend, taking its tally to $519m.  27 August 2012 (FIU)



Expendables 2 remained No I at the North American weekend box office after grossing $13.5m, a 52% fall from last week’s opening.  27 August 2012 (FIU)



Olivier Père has resigned as artistic director of Locarno Film Festival to take over at Arte France Cinéma after three years at the helm.  27 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



Fox Int has reached $2bn for 2012 on the back of global smash, Ice Age: Continental Drift, currently 10th in the all-time international chart.  27 August 2012 (FIU)



Lars von Trier will commence shooting tomorrow on his controversial new feature, Nymphomaniac, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg  27 August 2012  (FIU)



Expendables 2 is set to retain the top position at the North American box office during a slow weekend across the board.  25 August 2012 (FIU)



IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to Peter Strickland’s second feature, Berberian Sound Studio, a surreal horror starring Toby Jones.  24 August 2012 (FIU)



SPC has acquired US rights to Robert Redford’s new thriller, The Company You Keep, starring Shia LeBoeuf, ahead of its Venice world premiere. 24 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



The Artist star, Berenice Bejo, has joined the cast of Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to A Separation and will play opposite Tahar Rahim (A Prophet). 23 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Tim Burton’s first animation for Disney, Frankenweenie, will receive its European premiere as the opening film to the London Film Festival.  23 August 2012 (UK Film)



A coroner has amended Natalie Wood’s death certificate to acknowledge ‘undetermined factors’ in the actress’ drowning over 30 years ago.  22 August 2012 (FIU)



Michael Winterbottom’s new feature, Everyday, starring Shirley Henderson, will receive its world premiere as part of Toronto Masters programme.  21 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



Fox has agreed a five-year deal for worldwide theatrical, home video and international TV distribution of  DreamWorks Animation slate.  21 August 2012 (FIU)



Filmmaker, Tony Scott (Top Gun), has died in a suspected suicide after falling from a LA suspension bridge.  20 August 2012 (FIU)



The Dark Knight Rises became the franchise’s top performer internationally when retaining its No 1 spot at the weekend box office.  20 August 2012 (FIU)



Lionsgate’s ‘The Expendables 2’ claimed the No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office but underperformed on a flat $28.8m 20 August 2012 (FIU)



Bradley Cooper is considering an offer to star alongside Beyonce in Clint Eastwood’s remake of a A Star Is Born.  19 August 2012 (FIU)



‘The Expendables 2’ made its North American debut in No 1 position on Friday during a generally quiet start to the weekend box office.  18 August 2012 (FIU)



Disney has targeted May 1, 2015 for an early summer launch of the sequel to The Avengers, which grossed $1.46bn worldwide.  17 August 2012 (FIU)



Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Sundance’s world cinema winner, Violeta Went To Heaven, and plans a 2012 release.  17 August 2012 (FIU)



Terry Gilliam is set to enter pre-production on his next feature, The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz as an oddball computer geek.  16 August 2012 (CinefileReview)



Fortissimo Films will provide Netflix with access to over 60 library titles pursuant to their first major US ‘on-demand’ streaming agreement.  16 August 2012 (FIU)



Actor, Chris O’Dowd, and star of Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, is writing a feature length script focusing on Ireland’s ‘boom and bust’ economy.  16 August 2012 (FIU)



Choi Dong-hoon’s Toronto bound ‘The Thieves’ has become only the 6th local film to hit 10 million admissions at the Korean box office.  16 August 2012 (FIU)



Robert Pattinson will play Lawrence of Arabia alongside Naomi Watts in Werner Herzog’s biopic of adventurer Gertrude Bell.  15 August 2012 (UK Film)



Ang Lee will open the New York Film Festival on Sept 28 with his 3D adaptation of Yann  Martel’s Booker Prize winning novel, Life of Pi.  14 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Focus Features International will handle overseas sales on Woody Allen’s currently untitled next feature starring Cate Blanchett.  14 August 2012 (FIU)



Bille August (Pelle, the Conquerer) will no longer make the forthcoming Karen Blixen biopic following a rescheduling of the production.  14 August 2012 (FIU)



The Bourne Legacy topped the North American weekend box office on $40.3m in line with the revised forecast.  13 August 2012 (FIU)



The Dark Knight Rises continued to dominate internationally with a fourth consecutive weekend No 1 spot after grossing $34.2m.  13 August 2012 (FIU)



Todd Field is writing a political thriller with eminent author and journalist, Joan Didion, but it remains to be seen whether he will direct.  12 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Universal’s Bourne Legacy, heading for the weekend No 1 spot, has exceeded expectations in North America grossing $14m on Friday.  12 August 2012 (FIU)



The Locarno Film Festival has awarded the Golden Leopard to The Girl From Nowhere, an experimental work from Jean-Claude Brisseau.  12 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



Universal has moved the US opening of J. Kosinski’s Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, to April 12, 2013 for IMAX and a week later elsewhere.  12 August 2012 (FIU)



Sean Penn may direct an adaptation of Crazy for the Storm, a memoir from the lone survivor of a plane crash almost 35 years ago.  10 August 2012 (FIU)



Shia LaBeouf is negotiating to star in Lars Von Trier’s controversial next feature, Nymphomaniac, alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg.  9 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Sarah Polley’s ‘unreliable narrators’ family myth doc, Stories We Tell, will receive its North American premiere at Toronto.  9 August 2012 (Docufilm Review)



Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth of the franchise, is set to hit the $600m milestone at the international box office.  9 August 2012 (FIU)



Benh Zeitlin’s Sundance winner, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, opens this year’s Helsinki International Film Festival — Love & Anarchy.  8 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



Sundance Selects has picked up US rights to the ‘rough justice’ doc, The Central Park Five, ahead of its Toronto screening.  7 August 2012 (Docufilm Review)



Universal has reached the $1b milestone at this year’s North American box office in a record time for the company following 5 No 1’s.  7 August 2012 (FIU)



The Zurich Film Festival, which runs between Sept 20-30, will open with the European premiere of Oliver Stone’s drugs thriller, Savages.  7 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



Woody Allen’s next film features an affluent Manhattan woman forced to downsize in San Fran after falling victim to the economic crisis.  7 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



Ted crossed the $200m mark during its sixth weekend at the North American box office, adding a further $5.5m to its tally.  6 August 2012 (FIU)



Luke warm earnings from the Total Recall reboot left The Dark Knight Rises the easy winner at North America’s weekend box office.  6 August 2012 (FIU)



The Dark Knight Rises dominated the weekend international box office grossing $67m from 58 markets, taking its total to $378.4m.  6 August 2012 (FIU)



Aided by the import prohibition month, Painted Skin 2 has become the most successful Chinese-language film ever at China’s box office.  5 August 2012 (FIU)



Christian Bale is set to star in Todd Field’s adaptation of Boston Teran’s Mexican revolution novel, The Creed Of Violence.  4 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



SPC has acquired North American rights to Ramin Bahrani’s Venice competition entry, At Any Price, a tough family drama starring Zac Efron.  4 August 2012 (FIU)



Spike Lee will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre award for innovative filmmaking at Venice before the world premiere of his Michael Jackson doc.  3 August 2012 (Film Provocation)



The extended version of Leone’s Once Upon A Time In America requires further restoration notwithstanding its Cannes screening.  3 August 2012 (FIU)



A Beijing court has meted out prison terms to OpenV executives for extensive copyright infringement on their video-on-demand website.  3 August 2012 (Cinefile Review)



3 Aug

Matthew McConaughey has joined Scorese’s, The Wolf Of Wall Street, to play an early disciple of the film’s subject, Jordan Belfort.  3 August 2012 (FIU)



David Fisher’s Holocaust doc, Six Million And One, a search for his father’s lost history, will open in New York on Sept 28.  2 August 2012 (Docufilm Review)



Paramount has followed Warners & Disney in providing films to China’s You On Demand, including Transformers & Star Treck.  2 August 2012 (FIU)
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Briefs 2 has a gorgeous interface to help you create interactive mockups