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Jack Reynor Cast in ‘Jungle Book: Origins’
22 Aug 2014 | Warner Bros. Pictures has assembled an impressive roster of stars for ‘Jungle Book: Origins’, its new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic ‘The Jungle Book’, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. The action adventure, which will blend motion capture and live action, will be released worldwide beginning October 21, 2016. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. 
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‘Frank’ & ‘Starred Up’ Shortlisted for Two Screen Awards each
22 Aug 2014 | The Screen Awards 2014 shortlist has been announced and while Fox/Fox Searchlight lead the nominations with a combined 13 nods, and Lionsgate UK following closely with 12, Irish film productions were also acknowledged as ‘Starred Up’ and ‘Frank’ each received double nominations. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, ‘Filth’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ are the most nominated films. 
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BAI to enter into Content Contract with Irish TV
22 Aug 2014 | The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced that it will enter into negotiations for a television content provision contract, under Section 71 of the Broadcasting Act, with Teilifís Mhaigh Eo Teoranta. It is envisaged that the new service, ‘Irish TV’, will commence broadcasting in January 2015. 
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Trailer for ‘’71’ Released
22 Aug 2014 | The official trailer for the highly-anticipated thriller ‘’71’ has been released. ‘’71’ stars Jack O’ Connell (‘Skins’, ‘Starred Up’) as a young British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit during a riot in Belfast in 1971. Trapped for the night and unable to distinguish friend from foe, the soldier must survive alone and find a means of escaping. 
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‘Song of the Sea’ to have World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
22 Aug 2014 | Song of the Sea’, the new animated feature film from Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, and ‘Miss Julie’ starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain (see full story here), will both have their World Premieres at the internationally renowned Toronto International Film Festival next month. 
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Nemeton TV Celebrates 20 Years
22 Aug 2014 | Nemeton TV’s productions are among the most watched on Irish television screens. Quietly in the background, Nemeton produces popular, award‐winning productions such as TG4’s GAA Beo, Rugbaí Beo, Laochra Gael, Kennedy’s Cadets, KLM 607 and the Volvo Ocean Race. 
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Creative Europe provides further support for Irish Film, TV and Games Companies
19 Aug 2014 | The first Slate project Development results for Creative Europe have been announced with eight Irish companies receiving €1.31 million for the development of Film and Television projects. 
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Avatar Post Production Expands Facilities
19 Aug 2014 | For any feature film, while visuals are important, an excellent soundtrack is indispensable. It can make or break a film. IFTN spoke with Avatar Audio Post Production about their expertise in the area, their recent work and technological developments they have made to improve their services in providing a distinguished and exceptional audio soundtrack. 
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TG4 Launches New Smart TV App
19 Aug 2014 | TG4, the multi-platform Irish language media service has announced the completion of three major phases in the implementation of its digital content distribution strategy. 
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Irish Film New York to honour Jim Sheridan
19 Aug 2014 | Jim Sheridan will take part in an on-stage conversation at the fourth annual Irish Film New York (IFNY), set to run from October 3-5. There will also be a retrospective on the director’s work. 
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Irish DVD & On-Demand Release of ‘Frank’
19 Aug 2014 | Fresh from its opening weekend in the United States, Element Pictures Distribution is pleased to announce that 'Frank' will be available to rent and buy in Ireland on DVD, Blu-ray and On-Demand from September 12th. 
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'Life's a Breeze' secures US Release for Autumn
19 Aug 2014 | Lance Daly’s film Life’s a Breeze, starring Fionnula Flanagan (‘The Others’, ‘The Guard’) and Pat Shortt (‘Garage’, ‘Calvary’), will be released in the United States on September 19th. The film will be released in Los Angeles and New York as well as VOD, followed by a national rollout. The feature is a Fasnet Films production which Daly directed, wrote and produced, and Macdara Kelleher also produced. 
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Places Available in Animation & Games Production Courses in DKIT
19 Aug 2014 | The Section of Creative Media in DKIT has some places remaining on two new year-long part-time certificates in 3D for Games and 2D/3D Digital Animation Production, starting in late September 2014. 
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‘What If’ Out in Irish Cinemas this Wednesday
18 Aug 2014 | Romantic comedy ‘What If’ is out on general release in Irish cinemas this Wednesday 20th August. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, who was in Dublin last week for the film’s Irish premiere. Elia Kazan (‘Ruby Sparks’), Rafe Spall (‘Prometheus’), Adam Driver (‘Girls’) and Megan Park (‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’) also have starring roles. 
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‘Michael Smiley: Something To Ride Home About’ Gets Second Series
18 Aug 2014 | Green Inc Film and Television has received the green-light for a second series of ‘Michael Smiley: Something to Ride home About’ for BBC One Northern Ireland. 
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‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ Wins Three Norwegian Film Awards
18 Aug 2014 | Winner of the Special Grand Jury Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival and Founders Award in Chicago, ‘AThousand Times Good Night’ has now added to its spoils by taking away three prizes at the Amanda Awards in Haugesund, Norway. 
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Film Limerick - Closing Date Approaches
18 Aug 2014 | Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes has announced details of their 2014 Bursary Award, ‘Film Limerick’. 
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‘Frank’ released in US Today
15 Aug 2014 | After meeting rave reviews at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (Kyle Smith of the New York Post described it as a “whimsical delight”), Lenny Abrahamson’s fourth feature ‘Frank’ will receive its highly anticipated release in the US this weekend. The film is a comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself both in peril and in awe when he joins an electric rock band with a mysterious papier mache head wearing leader. 
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IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival this September
15 Aug 2014 | Featuring two world premieres and seven Irish premieres, the IFI Stranger than Fiction programme for 2014 includes a new film from Kim Longinotto, a profile of notorious Irish-American crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a profile of the late, great film critic Roger Ebert and the world premiere of ‘Showrunners’ which reveals the writer/producer masterminds behind quality U.S television. There will be a host of Q+As with Irish and international guest directors and a series of industry special events presented in partnership with the Irish Film Board. 
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Film Festival Round-Up
15 Aug 2014 | Irish films continue to travel the globe via film festivals. Some have been specially chosen for screenings while others have received award nominations and even wins. 
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