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    African Divide

    "That's not a shot. It's a statement," says Fernando Meirelles. He's describing a particular image in his new movie, "The Constant Gardener," that speaks volumes about the disparity between Africa's haves and have-nots. Hugh Hart reports in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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    "Kung Fu Hustle" Director Plans Sequel

    Hong Kong comic actor and director Stephen Chow said Tuesday he'll start filming the sequel to his action film "Kung Fu Hustle" either late this year or early 2006. Chow called the movie's US$17.1 million (€14.0 million) box office take in America as of Aug. 18 "not bad," but said, "I hope I can do ...

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    Venice prepares for film fest with Asian flavour

    Venice's Lido is a favorite venue for stars from Hollywood but as the red carpet is rolled out for this year's festival, the flavour is distinctly Asian, from a martial arts-themed opening to Japanese cartoons. And after a blunder-prone, overloaded 2004, organisers of the world's oldest cinema compe...

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    Biz Vets Make A Commotion For Indiewood

    In Beverly Hills one night during April 2003, Tracy McKnight knew no one was going to give her a deal. An established and respected music supervisor, she hosted a soundtrack screening for the Paramount Classics release, "The United States of Leland." According to McKnight, about 10% of those invited...

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    Dispatch From Brazil: Beyond the Violence, Two Small Production Companies Look For Connections With

    Looking at two of Brazil's biggest blockbusters of the decade, Fernando Meirelles' "City of God" and Hector Babenco's "Carandiru," one might be tempted to stereotype contemporary Brazilian cinema as extremely violent. Both "City of God" and "Carandiru" followed the desperate, dangerous lives of slum...

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    Abel Ferrara's "Mary" and Woody Allen's "Matchpoint" Bookend San Sebastian Fest's Zabaltegi Section

    Offerings from Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and other international events are to be represented in this year's San Sebastian Film Festival, taking place September 15 - 24 in the Spanish resort town. In all, twelve titles will compete for the festival's "TCM Audience Award," including Abel Ferrara's Ven...

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    Amazon/Tribeca Film Fest Short Film Competition

    Amazon.com, the Tribeca Film Festival and its founding partner Amercian Express present the opening of the Tribeca Screening Room. Until September 23, Amazon.com customers will be able to view and rate short film submissions from novice and established filmmakers. Then, on October 3, the five top-ra...

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    Making "Volver," Pedro Almodovar's Online Diary

    A man comes up to me while I'm having breakfast in a bar. He tells me he's seen "Bad Education" three times. I thank him, as I normally do.

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    "Tsotsi" Takes Two Edinburgh International Film Festival Prizes

    About 100 people gathered at the stately Caledonian Hilton Hotel at noon yesterday for a brunch and the announcement of winners of the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival, concluding the 12-day event here in the Scottish capital. EIFF artistic director Shane Danielsen emceed the short ceremon...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Burnett Tapped to Head Weinstein Co. PR

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein have hired Liza Burnett from Klores and Associates to head their film PR operations at The Weinstein Company. Burnett, who will join the company as Executive Vice President of Publicity on September 12th, will lead the domestic publicity department, overseeing the entire PR ...

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