"The Pianist," Roman Polanski's film of a Jewish musician who survives the Warsaw Ghetto, was the surprise winner at this year's balloting of the Boston Society of Film Critics.
The "Harry Potter" and James Bond blockbusters are the two towers dominating overseas wickets -- at least until that other pic with "Two Towers" in the title starts its global rollout in a few days.
Nicholas Kendall will direct the romantic comedy "Island Games," which is set on a volcanic island that rises from the deep once every few centuries.
New Line Cinema and Mutual Film Co. have teamed to produce an adaptation of the Lee Child novel "Killing Floor," with "The Core" scribe John Rogers adapting the screenplay.
Michael Feinstein pic "The Great American Songbook" will close the 14th annual Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival on Jan. 19.
Kirk Jones has inked to helm the comedy "Nanny McPhee" at MGM, penned by Oscar-winning scribe Emma Thompson.
Distrib/prodco Venevision Intl. has teamed with Synapsys-Brazil to form a strategic alliance for brand and product placement.
Reinhard Klooss, head of film production at Munich-based Odeon Film, is giving up his seat on the executive board at the end of the year to devote his time to overseeing film activities.
"Promised Land," the debut feature of South African director Jason Xenopoulos, won awards for sound and editing at the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) Awards on Nov. 30.
In an attempt to back more commercially successful homegrown pics, government funding agency Telefilm Canada raised the bar last week for filmmakers seeking coin for projects.