Don't invest your own money, and don't shoot in black-and-white. Good advice for any first-time director, which Anton Corbijn chose to ignore. The result was "Control," the standout movie of a…
Brad Pitt is out of "State of Play," a development that has put that star-studded Universal Pictures drama in a state of flux, and has put studio and star on opposite sides of who caused his exit.
Recently promoted by Warner Bros. Pictures Intl., Erlina Suharjono has been named by the CineAsia exhibitors' convention as distributor of the year.
Spanish film exec Adolfo Blanco has been appointed managing director of cinema at new Spanish film and TV holding Vertice 360.
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Jiri Menzel's "I Served the King of England."
Asia provides the first three competitors for next year's Tiger awards, flagging up the Rotterdam Intl. Film Festival's continued strong interest in the region.
The European Union's Media Program has approved continued financing for the European Film Promotion org through 2008, including backing for its activities outside Europe.
Ads for "Shoot 'Em Up," featuring Paul Giamatti and Clive Owen toting guns, have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.
National Lampoon has tapped German international distrib Beta Film to rep its pics across Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe.
Indian major Eros Intl., enjoying record breaking success with "Om Shanti Om," has struck a three-picture deal with Mukta Arts, including two by self-styled Bollywood "showman" Subhash Ghai.
London mayor Ken Livingstone met Indian filmmakers and superstar Amitabh Bachchan Wednesday on a visit to Mumbai.