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Picturehouse stands firm over pay dispute despite further strike action

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UK entertainment union Bectu is holding a protest in London today with striking Picturehouse staff.

UK entertainment union Bectu is holding a protest in London’s Leicester Square this afternoon (Feb 25) over an ongoing staff pay dispute with exhibitor Cineworld and its subsidiary Picturehouse.

According to Bectu, “the majority” of workers from four of Picturehouse’s London venues - the Ritzy [pictured], Hackney Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central and Crouch End Picturehouse - are striking in order to join the protest.

Labour MP and shadow chancellor of the exchequer John McDonnell was due to attend today’s protest, the union told Screen.

Bectu wants London Picturehouse venues to pay the London living wage of £9.75 per hour.

Staff at Picturehouse’s Brixton location the Ritzy currently earn £9.10 per hour, while staff at other Picturehouse locations in London earn £9.05 per hour. Outside of London, the rate is £8.18.

Picturehouse this week defended the company’s pay structure in a statement on its website »


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‘We refuse to think in terms of borders,’ proclaim foreign-language Oscar nominees

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Filmmakers decry ‘climate of fanaticism and nationalism’

The five nominated directors in the best foreign language Oscar category on Friday issued a stirring joint statement two days before the Academy Awards.

Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet, Sweden’s Hannes Holm, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Germany’s Maren Ade and Martin Butler and Bentley Dean from Australia decried the wave of nationalism that has taken root in the Us and may other countries.

The six filmmakers (Australia’s Tanna is directed by two people) dedicated the foreign-language Oscar – regardless of who wins on Sunday – to “all the people, artists, journalists and activists who are working to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom of expression and human dignity – values whose protection is now more important than ever.”

As previously reported, Farhadi is boycotting the ceremony in protest over Us president Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya »


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'Elle', Isabelle Huppert among César Awards 2017 winners

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France’s highest film awards were handed out at the 42nd annual ceremony in Paris on Friday [24].

Elle won best film and actress for Isabelle Huppert, while Gaspard Ulliel won best actor for It’s Only The End Of The World.

It’s Only The End Of The World garnered three Césars as Xavier Dolan earned best director and editing prizes besides Ulliel’s award.

Divines triumphed with three awards for supporting actress, female newcomer and first feature. 

Elle emerged with two wins while Frantz won best cinematography for Pascal Marti. Heading into the ceremony these two films had been the frontrunners on 11 nominations apiece.

Full winners appear below:

Best Film

Elle

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Best Actor

Gaspard Ulliel, It’s Only The End of The World

Best Supporting Actress

Déborah Lukumuena, Divines

Best Supporting Actor

James Thierrée, Chocolat

Best Director

Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End of The World

Best Original Screenplay

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Buyers of Scorsese's 'Irishman' call potential Netflix deal “fake news”

24 February 2017 10:25 AM, PST

The finance plan for Martin Scorsese’s mob story remains unclear.

Independent distributors contacted by Screen have called reports that Netflix has bought worldwide rights to Martin Scorsese’s upcoming crime-drama The Irishman “fake news” amid ongoing confusion over the film’s finance plan.

Reports surfaced in Us media two days ago that Netflix was negotiating a full finance deal for the film, something subsequently confirmed to Screen by insiders close to the project.

Following Us reports then claimed that a deal had been reached amid conjecture that producer Gaston Pavlovich could be fishing for a bigger budget for the film (and a smaller personal stake) due to its supposed escalating cost (reportedly north of $100m).

It remained unclear at time of writing whether Pavlovich, who financed a major portion of Scorsese’s Silence, intends to play a part in financing The Irishman or wants Netflix to bear the burden.

However, reports »


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'Logan' tops UK social media buzz

24 February 2017 4:59 AM, PST

Superhero spin-off edges out John Wick and Hidden Figures to top weekly chart.

Hugh Jackman-starring Marvel spin-off Logan is prompting the most chatter on UK social media channels ahead of its release next Wednesday (March 1).

The film generated 9,951 comments across social media, news, forums and blogs over the last seven days, with 784 of those registering an intent to view.

John Wick: Chapter 2 and Hidden Figures, both entering their second week of release, were not far behind on this week’s chart, which is provided by UK marketing outfit Way To Blue.

Action sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 garnered 7,367 comments, 1,056 of which expressed intent to view.

Oscar hopeful Hidden Figure gathered 6,870 comments, 1,138 of which registered intent to view.

Also generating attention on social media were Moonlight, The Great Wall and the upcoming Viceroy’s House, which opens in the UK on March 3.

For an explanation of the Way to Blue chart and its methodology, which tracks »


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Matt Reeves confirmed to direct Ben Affleck in 'The Batman'

24 February 2017 4:15 AM, PST

Affleck was on board to direct the film but stepped aside to prioritise his performance.

Cloverfield and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct superhero feature The Batman for Warner Bros.

After Ben Affleck revealed he would be relinquishing his director duties last month – stating that he wanted to focus on his performance – the studio has moved swiftly to replace him.

Reeves will also serve as a producer on the project, as will Affleck, alongside Geoff Johns of DC Entertainment. Johns wrote the screenplay with Affleck, and Argo and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice writer Chris Terrio has also taken on writing duties.

Affleck welcomed Reeves in a Twitter post:

Welcome to the Batcave, @MattReevesLA pic.twitter.com/JsB4sGGux2

Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) February 24, 2017

Warner Bros Picture Group president and chief content office Toby Emmerich commented: “We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of »


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First three projects approved for Finland's tax rebate

24 February 2017 4:13 AM, PST

Finland now offerering 25% tax incentive for film and TV production.

Finland has announced the first three productions to take advantage of its recently launched 25% film and TV production tax incentive.

The three productions are:

The Guardian Angel (pictured), feature film by Art Film Production - $230,000 (€216,767)Gigglebug animation series by Gigglebug Entertainment, for $115,200 (€108,709)The New Norway, documentary by Saamifilmi, $56,600 (€53,400)

The Guardian Angel, an English-language drama/thriller, is being sold internationally by Ambi, and is directed by Finland’s Arto Halonen and stars Pilou Asbaek and Josh Lucas. The film is based on the true story of Copenhagen’s Hypnosis Murders of 1951; a police investigation discovers that one man used manipulation and hypnosis to turn another man into a robber and a murderer.

The film is now shooting in Croatia and Denmark and will use the Finnish incentive to do its post-production in Finland.

The cash rebate, which came into effect on Jan 1, covers a maximum of 25% of the eligible »


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First three projects approved for Finland's new tax rebate

24 February 2017 4:13 AM, PST

Finland now offerering 25% tax incentive for film and TV production.

Finland has announced the first three productions to take advantage of its new 25% film and TV production tax incentive.

The three productions are:

The Guardian Angel (pictured), feature film by Art Film Production - $230,000 (€216,767)Gigglebug animation series by Gigglebug Entertainment, for $115,200 (€108,709)The New Norway, documentary by Saamifilmi, $56,600 (€53,400)

The Guardian Angel, an English-language drama/thriller, is being sold internationally by Ambi, and is directed by Finland’s Arto Halonen and stars Pilou Asbaek and Josh Lucas. The film is based on the true story of Copenhagen’s Hypnosis Murders of 1951; a police investigation discovers that one man used manipulation and hypnosis to turn another man into a robber and a murderer.

The film is now shooting in Croatia and Denmark and will use the Finnish incentive to do its post-production in Finland.

The cash rebate, which came into effect on Jan 1, covers a maximum of 25% of the eligible »


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The Match Factory secures key deals across Berlin slate

23 February 2017 11:35 PM, PST

Exclusive: Festival winners sell to Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.  

Art-house stalwart The Match Factory has secured a slew of deals on its Berlinale and Efm slate, including on the three films which won awards for the company at the festival.

Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side Of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for best director, sold out in Europe during the Efm and has additionally been snapped up for Japan (Eurospace), Brazil (Imovision), Cis (Russian Report) Hong Kong (Edko), Mexico (Mantarraya) Turkey (Filmarti) and China (Time-in-Portrait).

Deals for other key markets are understood to be in the works while deals for the digitally remastered Kaurismäki Classics collection have been closed for China (Time-in-Portrait) and Hong Kong (Edko).

German comedy Bye Bye Germany, the Berlinale special title starring Moritz Bleibtreu, went to Australia/Nz (Jiff), Brazil (Mares), Bulgaria (Bulgarian Film Vision), China (Time-in-Portait), Cis (Russian Report), Greece (Feelgood), Turkey (Filmarti), Hong Kong (Edko), Hungary (Cirko »


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Oscar foreign-language nominees: ‘We refuse to think in terms of borders'

23 February 2017 9:54 PM, PST

The six nominated directors in the best foreign-language Oscar category on Friday issued a stirring joint statement two days before the Academy Awards.

Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet, Sweden’s Hannes Holm, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Germany’s Maren Ade, and Martin Butler and Bentley Dean from Australia decried the wave of nationalism that has taken root in the Us and may other countries.

The six filmmakers (Australia’s Tanna is directed by two people) dedicated the foreign-language Oscar – regardless of who wins on Sunday – to “all the people, artists, journalists and activists who are working to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom of expression and human dignity – values whose protection is now more important than ever.”

As previously reported, Farhadi is boycotting the ceremony in protest over Us president Donald Trump’s short-lived executive order banning entry to citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.

The order has »


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Colcoa French Film Festival unveils French Classics programme

23 February 2017 3:59 PM, PST

Damien Chazelle given Carte Blanche to present influential French film.

Colcoa and the Franco-American Cultural Fund also announced the Focus on a Filmmaker programme in addition to a line up of French classics consisting of predominantly digitally restored films.

The programme will take place at the DGA in Hollywood from April 24-May 2 as part of Colcoa’s 21st anniversary.

Oscar contender and La La Land director Damien Chazelle [pictured] has selected Leo Carax’s The Lovers On The Bridge (1991) starring Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant as an influential film.

This Carte Blanche screening will be presented in association with Rialto Pictures, with the support of the French Embassy in the Us and l’Institut Francais.  

Colcoa will honour writer-director Stéphane Brizé on April 27, with a special presentation of Not Here To Be Loved (2005) starring Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, and George Wilson

The Festival will also host the West Coast premiere of Brizé’s new film A Woman’s Life »


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Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen to star in comedy 'Flarsky'

23 February 2017 3:21 PM, PST

Point Grey Pictures, Denver And Delilah Films and Good Universe announced the project on Thursday.

Jonathan Levine, whose credits include 50/50, The Wackness and the upcoming Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, will direct from a screenplay by Dan Sterling.

Production on Flarsky is scheduled to begin in August on the story of an unemployed journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush, who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. 

Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Denver & Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono and A.J. Dix.  

Sterling will also serve as executive producer with Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake

Alex McAtee is overseeing for Point Grey and Erin Westerman for Good Universe.

Among Sterling’s writing credits are Girls, The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program, King Of The Hill and The Interview.

Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated talent deals on behalf »


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'Captain Fantastic' director Matt Ross signs up for sci-fi 'Tomorrow And Tomorrow'

23 February 2017 2:30 PM, PST

Sci-fi crime thriller for TriStar based on 2014 novel by Tom Sweterlitsch.

Matt Ross, the director of Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen, has signed up to direct sci-fi Tomorrow And Tomorrow for TriStar.

Mark Gordon is producing for The Mark Gordon Company alongside Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor, with whom Ross collaborated on Captain Fantastic.

Tomorrow And Tomorrow will explore the interaction between reality and virtual reality.

Entertainment 360 found Sweterlitsch’s book and brought it to Gordon. They pitched to TriStar where it sold in what the parties described as “a competitive auction.”

“The triumph of Captain Fantastic is that it is at once funny, emotional and thought provoking,” TriStar president Hannah Minghella said. “It’s this ability to explore a thematic idea in a way that is both intelligent and entertaining that makes Matt such an exciting director for Tomorrow And Tomorrow.

“As a futuristic crime thriller, the book uses the near future to reflect on timely »


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Matt Ross to direct TriStar's 'Tomorrow And Tomorrow'

23 February 2017 2:30 PM, PST

Sci-fi crime thriller based on 2014 novel by Tom Sweterlitsch.

Mark Gordon is producing the TriStar project for The Mark Gordon Company alongside Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor, with whom Ross collaborated on Captain Fantastic.

Tomorrow And Tomorrow will explore the interaction between reality and virtual reality.

Entertainment 360 found Sweterlitsch’s book and brought it to Gordon. They pitched to TriStar where it sold in what the parties described as “a competitive auction.”

“The triumph of Captain Fantastic is that it is at once funny, emotional and thought provoking,” TriStar president Hannah Minghella said. “It’s this ability to explore a thematic idea in a way that is both intelligent and entertaining that makes Matt such an exciting director for Tomorrow And Tomorrow.

“As a futuristic crime thriller, the book uses the near future to reflect on timely questions about our world today and how virtual reality impacts actual reality. It’s Matt’s interest in exploring the complex »


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China's Recon Holding acquires 51% of Millennium Films in $100m deal

23 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST

The Expendables and London Has Fallen producer has sold a majority stake to the owner of Aston Villa Football Club.

Chinese conglomerate Recon Holding has signed an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in indie production powerhouse Millennium Films for $100 million (RMB688m).

Listed in Shenzhen, the company is owned by Recon Group, headed by Tony Jiantong Xia, which also owns Aston Villa Football Club. Xia will serve as chairman of Millennium Films, with the company’s founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short as CEO and COO respectively.

The deal, which includes Millennium’s nearly 300-title film library, also gives Recon Holding the option to acquire the remaining 49% shareholding in the company in the future.

Millennium is known for franchise properties such as The Expendables, The Mechanic, Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, which have all been decent hits in China.

The second and third installments in The Expendables series were co-financed by China’s Le Vision »


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'Das Boot' sequel finds director

23 February 2017 7:05 AM, PST

The $28.5m TV series is being developed by Sky Germany with other partners.

The forthcoming sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s classic submarine drama Das Boot has found its director.

Andreas Prochaska (The Dark Valley) has boarded the project, which will be an eight x 60’ television series and is scheduled to begin production in mid-2017.

The $28.5m production is being made by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Germany and Sonar Entertainment.

Set in the immediate aftermath of the original Das Boot (and the novel on which it was based), the series will expand on the concept of the original, depicting not just the German U-boat perspective but also encompassing the experiences of the French Resistance and Allied forces on land and at sea.

The programme will be first broadcast in 2018 in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.

Lead writers are Tony Saint (The Interceptor) and Johannes W. Betz (The Tunnel).

Oliver Vogel and Moritz Polter are executive producing »


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Ymagis Group revenues up 13% in 2016

23 February 2017 5:19 AM, PST

European cinema technologies specialist sees earnings jump year-on-year and is now eyeing the Chinese market.

Ymagis Group, the European specialist in digital technologies and exhibitor services for the cinema industry, has reported a 13% rise in revenues in the year 2016.

Revenues totalled €178.2m for the year, including €52.3m in the fourth quarter.

The most significant growth was registered in the company’s content services division, which pulled in €47.7m in 2016, a 94.2% rise in comparison with the previous year.

Those earnings were driven by the operations of the business under the Eclair banner, which covers post-production, theatrical distribution services, digital distribution services, versioning and accessibility, restoration, and preservation of film content.

While the bulk of that year-on-year revenue increase is accounted for by the new business brought in as a result of Ymagis completing its acquisition of Eclair Group in July 2015, earnings in Q4 2016 were notably up 35.4% in comparison with the same period in 2015.

The company’s exhibitor services »

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Martin Scorsese criticises watching films at home, despite reported Netflix deal for 'The Irishman'

23 February 2017 5:14 AM, PST

Speaking at a BFI event in London, the director said film viewing on tablet or TV was “not the best way”.

In a wide ranging interview at BFI Southbank last night, Martin Scorsese touched on everything from the origins of the “you talking to me” monologue from Taxi Driver to his dislike of watching films on tablets and TV.

“The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” the iconic filmmaker told a rapt audience about watching movies at home.

“Now you can see a film on an iPad. You might be able to push it closer to your [face] in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing stuff here or there, even watching a film at home on a big-screen TV, there is still stuff around the room. There’s a phone that rings. People go by. It »


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Martin Scorsese criticises watching films at home, despite Netflix deal for 'The Irishman'

23 February 2017 5:14 AM, PST

Speaking at a BFI event in London, the director said film viewing on tablet or TV was “not the best way”.

In a wide ranging interview at BFI Southbank last night, Martin Scorsese touched on everything from the origins of the “you talking to me” monologue from Taxi Driver to his dislike of watching films on tablets and TV.

“The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” the iconic filmmaker told a rapt audience about watching movies at home.

“Now you can see a film on an iPad. You might be able to push it closer to your [face] in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing stuff here or there, even watching a film at home on a big-screen TV, there is still stuff around the room. There’s a phone that rings. People go by. It »


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Sienna Miller joins 'The Catcher Was A Spy'

23 February 2017 5:12 AM, PST

Paul RuddGuy PearcePaul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels among previously announced cast.

Giancarlo Giannini has also joined the cast of Ben Lewin’s story about professional baseball player and polyglot Moe Berg.

The Ivy League graduate became a spy during the Second World War and helped the Americans beat the Germans in the race to make the atomic bomb.

Robert Rodat wrote the screenplay based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s book.

Miller will play Berg’s love interest Estella Huni, while Giannini will portray Italian physicist Professor Eduardo Amaldi.

PalmStar Media and Animus Films are co-producing The Catcher Was A Spy. PalmStar Media is financing the film with Windy Hill Pictures.

UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and jointly represents the film with PalmStar.  »


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