Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has announced the Oct. 23 video release of "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" less than four weeks after the movie opened at theaters.
Anonymous Content has signed five writers to its management division, including "Mr. Holland's Opus" scribe Patrick Sheane Duncan and "Vertical Limit" screenwriter Robert King.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 78 countries to submit films for consideration in the foreign-language film category of the 74th Annual Academy Awards.
Danish producer Regner Grasten's "Love at First Hiccup 2: Anja and Victor" broke local box office records in its opening this past weekend.
Gaga Communications, Japan's most successful independent film distribution and media company, has snapped up local rights to 15,000 films owned by Internet short film pioneer iFilm.
A Swedish distrib is fighting censors who have slapped the highest rating on Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," barring anyone under 15 from seeing the pic.
"The Cell" exec producer @radical.media has inked a deal with Universal Pictures to develop the Shirley Hazzard novel "Transit of Venus," with tyro scribe Matthew Specktor penning the script.
Veteran American independent filmmaker Jon Jost has appealed to Venice Intl. Film Festival director Alberto Barbera to withdraw Portuguese entry "Agua e Sal" (Water and Salt) on the grounds that it…
Austria's Ulrich Seidl will be the subject of this year's Director's Spotlight at the 26th annual Toronto Intl. Film Festival, which unspools Sept. 6-15.
China's need to protect and nurture its ailing film industry is threatening to hobble plans to introduce competition among distribs handling foreign pictures.