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Creative England Launches, Sets Its Board And Funding
A new organization has risen from the ashes of the UK Film Council’s network of regional screen agencies. At its launch the nonprofit venture Creative England announced 7 board members and 3 senior managers and outlined its funding structure. On the board of Creative England are: Ruby Films founder Alison Owen, Illumina Digital’s Andrew Chitty, Reel Solutions executive director Bill Lawrence, Twofour Group CEO Charles Wace, former Shed Media chair Heather Rabbatts, Maverick TV’s Jonnie Turpie and BBC Four Controller Richard Klein. For 10 years, the regional screen agencies supported industries including film, TV, games and digital media across England outside of London. Creative England will have an initial film budget of £900,000 in grant-in-aid from the British Film Institute and £1m in lottery funds. The funding for other creative endeavors will come from public and commercial sources.

‘Tintin’ Will Screen At Rome Film Festival
Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn will screen at the International Rome Film Festival. Organizers announced that the 3D motion capture movie has been chosen as an out-of-competition official selection. It also will screen in the Alice sidebar focused on youth films. The film’s star Jamie Bell is set to attend the festival, which runs Oct. 27-Nov. 4. Tintin opens in Europe on Oct. 26 before its U.S. rollout on Dec. 21. Read More »

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COMIC-CON: Some Film Studios Sitting Out

Deadline Comic-Con Movie Contributor Luke Y Thompson reports:

It’s the story every media outlet is dying to tell every year: “Comic-Con just ain’t what it used to be.” This year, however, the event — set for July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center — comes with some alarmist (and circumstantial) evidence: Warner Bros won’t be doing a movie presentation. Marvel Studios won’t be either, even though the tiniest teaser for The Avengers last year made for the most memorable panel. Disney initially appeared absent too. So what’s going on? Did the failure of Scott Pilgrim to triumph at the box office following a massive Con promotion last year leave studios leery?

Well, you’d think if that were the case, Universal would feel the most burned — yet they’re doubling down by holding the premiere of Cowboys and Aliens there, inviting many of the fans to attend; one would imagine the big names like Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig will at least attend.

Disney, which now owns the Muppets and Marvel Studios, is likely saving those properties for its own D23 Expo in Anaheim toward the end of August. They are, however, bringing the DreamWorks pickup Fright Night to Comic-Con (in presentation and screening form) — notably, this is a movie that will open Aug. 19, the same day the D23 Expo begins, so it makes sense to hype it sooner. Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are the big names attending; curiously, the publicity has consistently downplayed the presence of former Doctor Who star David Tenant, and he has not been mentioned as attending, though he’d be given a hero’s welcome if he did.

Warner Bros’ lack of a movie panel may largely be due to the fact that the next Superman and Batman movies aren’t ready to show much yet — Man of Steel star Henry Cavill will be there, but on behalf of Relativity’s Immortals (also Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz and Mickey Rourke; director Tarsem Singh is not currently expected). Certainly WB is showing a ton of TV previews, but I’ll leave that to my colleague Gary Hodges to discuss. The biggest question mark in my mind is what Time Warner-owned Entertainment Weekly will put on the cover of their Comic-Con issue now: traditionally, it’s been a big reveal from a Warners movie.

The biggest name being batted about right now as a possibility is Steven Spielberg, to present footage from his The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Certainly, a Tintin presentation would be wise, as the teaser has left many (myself included) highly skeptical. The fanbase needs persuading, and since it’s Spielberg, there’s probably at least one kickass scene that can get people hyped. But Paramount’s still playing things close to the vest — when I asked a publicist there about Comic-Con plans, I was told “It’s uncertain what or if we’re bringing anything.” That’s not a denial. And there has been talk of a Captain America screening — whether that translates into an actual panel is uncertain, as the regular press junkets and such will already be in full swing for the movie, opening that week. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Tintin 3D’

The Steven Spielberg-directed 3D The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is set to open Dec. 23 in the U.S. and Canada but releases in Europe weeks before that. Produced by Spielberg and Peter Jackson, it employs Jackson’s WETA motion capture technology (the same used for Gollum in Lord Of The Rings Read More »

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