Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival returns to the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield from Saturday 6 to Sunday 21 July with another terrific line-up of film screenings for schools and families. The first weekend of public screenings kicks off on Friday 12 July with a special preview of From up on Poppy Hill, the new film from the renowned Japanese animators, Studio Ghibli, due to be released in the UK in August. It is a beautifully animated coming-of-age love story set in 1963 as Japan reinvented itself after the devastation of World War Two.
Once again, the leviathan that is Iron Man 3 dominated the weekend’s box office, amassing a further £6.3m from Friday to Sunday. Including Bank Holiday Monday, the Marvel blockbuster has a sensational cume of £26.2m. This performance is more akin to Avengers Assemble than any previous Iron Man film, which on its second weekend in May 2012 grossed £8.1m.
Smart brands will find plenty of big films in the coming months to associate themselves with, Tom Linay writes.
Highlights included UK premières for Sundance’s 2013 US Grand Jury Prize: Documentary winner, Blood Brother, and Lake Bell’s directorial debut and the winner of a screen-writing award, In A World. There were also music performances, workshops and Q&As providing a Millennium Dome-shaped Mecca for film lovers.
How quickly the months go past. It’s my blog time again.
I’ve just got back from the CEA South West meeting in Redruth which was held at the magnificently refurbished Redruth Regal, part of Merlin Cinemas, owned and run by Geoff Greaves.
Geoff now has seven screens at the Regal and has very nearly completed the 600-seater theatre and cinema. I’m sure the site is destined to do very good business indeed, especially with all the screen opportunities combined with a great café and restaurants as part of the set up.
The meeting was very well attended with Adam Cunard in the Chair administrating and conducting affairs extremely efficiently as usual. Unfortunately, a number of distributors were unable to attend, so we hope they will make it in November.
The box office received a Stark boost this weekend as Iron Man 3 rocketed to the top of the box office. The Marvel blockbuster opened with a mammoth £13.7m, including £2.3m from Thursday previews. That’s by far the biggest opening for an Iron Man film, the first instalment opened with £5.5m and Iron Man 2 with £7.7m. It’s getting into Avengers Assemble territory, which opened with £15.8m (including £2.5m from previews) almost exactly a year ago. It’s also the 18th best opening of all time in the UK.
Every year, the San Francisco International Film Festival invites a well-known public figure to talk about the intersecting worlds of contemporary cinema and visual arts, culture and society, images and ideas. Past speakers have included Jonathan Lethem, Walter Murch, and Brad Bird. This year, Steven Soderbergh (Oceans Eleven and Magic Mike) took the stage.
Speaking about cinema versus movies, he compared the relationship to auteurs versus studios. He told the audience that art will always be a human need, as humans have always needed to tell stories.
Digital Cinema Media (DCM) joined more than 5,000 movie industry professionals from around the world in Las Vegas last week for the annual CinemaCon event. It was inspiring, energising and slightly scary to spend a week in the company of the biggest stars, producers, directors, studio executives and cinema owners, with all of us coming together to preview upcoming films and debate all facets of the motion picture and cinema industry – from exhibition, concessions, technology and distribution, to marketing, advertising and social media.
Riverside Studios is a unique arts and media centre on the banks of the Thames in Hammersmith, comprising two main performance studios, a cinema, a TV studio and production galleries, numerous offices and a large contemporary Restaurant and Bar, a Film Cafe and River Terrace.
DCM Close Up spoke to the Riverside’s Cinema Director Shira MacLeod on her career in the arts and what’s coming up at one of London’s most eclectic venues.
Last Friday morning, DCM’s resident film specialist, Tom Linay, took a trip to Havas Media UK to participate in Ideas Week, with Ed Edwards, Creative Director, Writer and Director at Havas Worldwide.
Their Q&A session covered diverse topics, including how the story-telling power of the big screen compares to other media platforms, the sanctity that cinema provides in a content saturated, multi-device age and whether the fear of failure inspires or hinders creativity.
Olympus Has Fallen has risen to the top of the Box Office with a decent £2.2m opening (including £651k from previews). The first of the year’s White House set action films has set a solid benchmark which September’s White House Down will be looking to beat. It was the best opening for a live-action Gerard Butler film since 300 in 2007 (£4.7m).