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Al Gore, Jason Blum to receive Gotham honours

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Gore and Blum will receive honours in November at Ifp Gotham Awards ceremony in New York City.

Vice-president Al Gore will receive the Humanitarian Tribute and film producer Jason Blum will receive the Industry Tribute at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards. 

The Ifp Gotham Awards ceremony is set for November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of his climate change non-profit The Climate Reality Project. His most recent climate change-focused documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is currently in theatres and has grossed $3.5m worldwide. 

Blum founded Blumhouse Productions in 2000. Blumhouse has produced The Purge, Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises which together have grossed more than $1.7bn at the global box office. 

The ten competitive Gotham Awards for 2017 include Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Audience Award, Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Series »


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Berlin reshuffles Panorama team as Wieland Speck takes Official Programme role

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Paz Lázaro will head up new-look Panorama team; Speck moves on after 25 years.

The Berlin Film Festival has reshuffled the team for its sidebar Panorama, with previous head Wieland Speck handing over his position as head after 25 years in the role.

Speck will take on a new role as consultant to the Berlinale’s Official Programme. In his time at Panorama, he curated more than 1,800 fiction, documentary and short films.

Dieter Kosslick revealed that the new-look team will be headed by Paz Lázaro, who has been programme manager of Panorama since 2006.

She will be joined by Michael Stütz, who will shape the section as programme manager and will be responsible for the Teddy Award, and Andreas Struck, who, alongside his current curatorial tasks, will be responsibility for editorial and communications work around the Panorama programme. Both Stütz and Struck were already working in different capacities for Panorama. »


- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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'Game Of Thrones' star joins Milo Gibson in WWII drama 'Hurricane'

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Exclusive: Kaleidoscope launches movie about Polish fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain.

Game Of Thrones star Iwan Rheon has joined Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Stefanie Martini (Crooked House), Marcin Dorocinski (Anthropoid) and Krystoff Hadek (Under The Skin) in World War Two war drama Hurricane.

Kaleidoscope will launch world sales (excluding Poland) in Toronto on the movie, which is due to begin shoot in the UK next month.

Kino Swiat has pre-bought Polish rights and is expected to mount a significant release.

David Blair, whose credits include movies Away and The Messenger and Bafta-winning TV drama The Street, will direct the feature about the Polish pilots who fought alongside the Raf during The Battle of Britain

Produced by Prospect 3, whose credits include Dead Man’s Cards, I Against I and One Night In Istanbul, delivery is slated for Q2, 2018. 

Rheon, best know for his long-running role as the sadistic Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, will »


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

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Curzon launches monthly subscription VoD offering

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Exclusive: Curzon12 will stream recent and classic movies; first lineup revealed.

Curzon is beefing up its online offering with the launch of Curzon12, a monthly VoD service built into its membership packages.

The service will host 12 recent and classic movies which will be available to stream when logging in with a Curzon membership.

Scroll down for first lineup

Each month’s curated lineup, taken exclusively from Curzon’s library, is selected by the company’s programming team and is designed to complement the films playing across Curzon’s cinemas and its day-and-date service on Curzon Home Cinema that month.

The collection will feature the work of directors such as Yorgos Lanthimos, Charlie Chaplin, Andrea Arnold, Satyajit Ray and Agnes Varda as well as lesser known filmmakers.

The offering will be accompanied by a monthly newsletter that will delve deeper into three headline titles for that month.

The subscription is a benefit for existing and future members at no additional »


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

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SVoD service Shudder picks up six FrightFest titles

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SXSW premiere Mayhem among acquisitions.

AMC Networks’ horror-focused SVoD service Shudder, which launched in the UK in October 2016, has picked up six titles ahead of their UK premieres at FrightFest this weekend.

The titles are:

Joe Lynch’s Mayhem, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year. The streaming service now has all rights in the UK and Ireland, adding to the Us streaming rights that it picked up in Cannes.

Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out, on which Shudder has taken North America rights.

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Cold Hell, Graham Skipper’s Sequence Break andBrandon Christianson’s Still/Born, on which Shudder has taken North America as well as the UK and Ireland.

Colin Minihan’s It Stains The Sands Red, which Shudder has taken for the UK.

All six films will have UK premieres at FrightFest (Aug 24-28), the London-based horror film festival, and will be available to stream in early 2018.

Shudder VP of global acquisitions »


- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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'A Taxi Driver' passes 10 million admissions in South Korea

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Jang Hoon’s film stars Song Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann.

A Taxi Driver has crossed 10 million admissions in South Korea, becoming the only film to cross that important milestone so far this year. Directed by Jang Hoon, the film stars Song Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann.

Investor/distributor Showbox released the film on August 2 on 1,532 screens. It has grossed $71.8m to date at the local box office making it the highest-grossing film in Korea this year.

A re-imagining based on a true story, the film is about a Seoul taxi driver who helped a German journalist shoot and smuggle out footage of the May 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement which ended in a massacre of civilians by then-president Chun Doo-hwan’s troops.

The second-ranking film of the year so far is local detective action film Confidential Assignment, which clocked up 7.8 million admissions and $55.9m for Cj Entertainment after its January 18 release. It’s followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming with 7.2 million admissions »


- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Oliver Stone to head Busan Film Festival New Currents jury

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Jury also includes Bahman Ghobadi, Agnès Godard, Lav Diaz and Jang Sun-woo.

Award-winning Us filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to head the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (Biff)’s jury for New Currents, the competition section for up-and-coming Asian directors.

The winner of Oscars, Golden Globes and a Berlinale Silver Bear for directing films such as Platoon and Born On The Fourth of July, Stone was recently at the Sarajevo film festival to receive an honorary award and screen a showcase including his latest documentary, The Putin Interviews

Speaking with Screen there, he expressed concerns about the Us stance on North Korea and the possibility of doing a project focused on the hermetic country.

Stone will be joined on the Biff jury by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, whose films include Cannes Camera d’or winner A Time For Drunken Horses and No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize »


- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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