"Shrek 2" swamped multiplexes and theaters far, far away to gross $11.8 million in its first day of release -- a fast start that puts the pic on track to get well past $80 million by Sunday.
It's all in the narrator's mind, and words, in "The River's End," an intensely artistic art film by veteran Behrooz Afkhami. The visuals silently illustrate the first-person voice-over of a young man…
Gallic distribber Jean Labadie has acquired a batch of films at the Cannes Film Festival, including Terry Gilliam's "Tideland" and an untitled Jim Jarmusch project.
Anjelica Huston has signed on to direct "The White Rose," a World War II drama to star Christina Ricci.
William Morris Independent has inked with U. of Texas-owned Burnt Orange Prods. to obtain distribution for its film projects and advise in securing additional financing for co-productions.
Shochiku has acquired Japanese rights to family drama "Lassie" from Classic Media.
Walter Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries" will be the opening movie of the inaugural Ramallah Intl. Film Festival (June 17-22), the first fest to be held in the Palestinian territory.
Equator Films has closed a number of key deals on its U.K. gangster pic "Charlie," starring Luke Goss and Steven Berkoff and written, produced and directed by Malcolm Needs.
Paris-based producer Paolo Branco's Gemini is developing a E15 million ($17.9 million) bigscreen adaptation of Susan Sontag's "In America," to star Isabelle Huppert and helmed by Jerzy Skolimowski.
Spain's Wanda Films has boarded Adrian Caetano's next pic, "Caudillo." Producer Oscar Kramer of Argentina's OK Films also said he is in talks with two French companies that are interested in…