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UK Sales & Distribution Trio Launch New Indie Blue Finch Film Releasing

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Exclusive: International sales vet Simon Crowe, financier Matthew Joynes and former Kaleidoscope executive Michael Chapman are setting up new UK/Ireland distribution company Blue Finch Film Releasing.

The label will look to pick up commercially-oriented and cast-driven movies and is aiming to release up to 20 pics per year, including a select number of theatrical titles.

Officially launching in September, the company is in discussions about first movies on the slate. I understand there are also advanced conversations with at least one other established sales and finance outfit who could join the Blue Finch fold.

Chapman, who recently left UK distributor Kaleidoscope after six years, will serve as COO while Crowe will be acting CEO. The latter will continue to run his sales outfit Sc Films.

Well-liked sales vet Crowe set up Sc Films with financier Joynes in 2008. The company has ploughed a furrow in animation working on movies such as
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James Bond 25 Wants Helena Bonham Carter as the Main Villain

James Bond 25 Wants Helena Bonham Carter as the Main Villain
After months and years of speculation and rumors, James Bond 25 is finally happening with Daniel Craig returning as 007, and now a new report claims who MGM is eyeing to play the villain. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Helena Bonham Carter is said to be the front runner for the villain role, although many others think that Angelina Jolie is the top choice. Here's what an unidentified insider had to say about the potential casting.

"Everyone thinks Angelina Jolie is going to get the part but bosses want Helena more. At the moment they are just finalising the cast."

It was confirmed just a few weeks ago that Daniel Craig will in fact be back as James Bond, with Danny Boyle taking over the directorial duties for Sam Mendes, who directed the last two 007 movies, the global blockbuster Skyfall and the divisive Spectre. There was also a report from earlier
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Front Row unveils Cannes acquisitions for Middle East

Leading pan-Arab distributor adds 24 titles to slate.

Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has announced the acquisition of 24 titles from last month’s Cannes Marche, including Oscar-nominated Denis Gamze Erguven’s Kings, which stars Halle Berry and was one of the most buzzed about projects of the market.

It was among a trio of titles acquired with Beirut-based Teleview International from Wild Bunch offshoot Insiders, alongside David Robert Mitchell La-set crime thriller Under The Silver Lake, starring Dakota Johnson and Andrew Garfield; and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a war veteran who tries to save women trapped in the world of sex trafficking.

Other buzzy acquisitions for the Dubai-based distributor included quirky Sundance comedy Swiss Army Man, starring Paul Dano as a shipwrecked man who befriends a corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe, from New York-based distributor A24.

In its first-ever deal with Verve Ventures, Front Row also
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Ewan McGregor, David Walliams join animation 'The Land Of Sometimes'

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Ewan McGregor, David Walliams join animation 'The Land Of Sometimes'
Exclusive: Kaleidoscope to launch sales in Cannes on animation-musical.

Ewan McGregor (Our Kind Of Traitor), David Walliams (Little Britain) and Monty Python member Terry Jones (The Life Of Brian) are among voice cast set for animation-musical The Land Of Sometimes.

UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) is to launch sales in Cannes on the project, which is based on Francesca Longrigg’s well-received audio book of the same name about a brother and sister who keep wishing for more, until the night before Christmas when the strange and mysterious Wish Collector appears and whisks them off to the Land of Sometimes, where all their wishes can come true.

Production is due to get underway this month on the film from director Leon Joosen (Saving Santa). Producers are Tony Nottage, Longrigg, Eevolver and Giant Wheel Animation.

“We’re very excited to be working with Tony Nottage and Francesca Longrigg,” said Kfd CEO Spencer Pollard. “The Land of Sometimes is a perfect
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