Social Media Campaign Nets ‘Alan Partridge’ Premiere For English Town
The people of Norwich, England, have won. After a Facebook and Twitter campaign to bring the premiere of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa to the town that’s the setting for the film, distributor StudioCanal and writer Armando Iannucci today announced it will indeed launch at Norwich’s Anglia Square on July 24. Steve Coogan plays the cult character whose fictional radio station, North Norfolk Digital, is located in Norwich. The movie will premiere at a lunchtime showing in Norwich before being screened later that evening in London’s Leicester Square. The official UK release is August 7. Click on the image at left to enlarge the note Iannucci tweeted from Partridge himself.

John Woo Begins Work On What Local Media Is Calling Chinese ‘Titanic’
Director John Woo has started production on his next helming effort, The Crossing. Beijing Galloping Horse is producing the war epic/disaster movie as a two-part feature. The film, set in 1940s Shanghai and Taiwan, revolves around three couples from different backgrounds whose lives are affected by the tide of history. It’s been dubbed by local media as the Chinese Titanic. The lead cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying Daggers), Huang Xiao Ming (The Banquet), Tong Dawei (The Flowers Of War) and Japan’s Masami Nagasawa. Veteran director Woo, whose U.S. titles include M-I:2 Mission: Impossible 2 and Face/Off, last helmed 2009’s Red Cliff II.

High-Tech Game Show ‘Pressure Pad’ Coming To BCC One
ITV Studios-owned indie 12 Yard has been commissioned by BBC One to produce Pressure Pad, a high-tech game show to launch in the fall. Hosted by John Barrowman, the show is set in a quizzing amphitheater with an under-floor high-res LED screen that puts the players under constant pressure throughout the show. Two teams compete to demonstrate their general knowledge in a series of head-to-head games. Options, time limits and prize money are displayed on the studio floor. BBC One has ordered 25 episodes for a daytime slot. The format was developed by Liz Gaskell and James Woolley. It’s produced by Zoe Tait and executive produced by Michael Mannes, Andy Culpin and Matt Walton for 12 Yard.

Submissions Sought For Inaugural Ajyal Film Festival for the Young
The Doha Film Institute has opened to submissions for its Ajyal Film Festival for the Young. The first edition of the festival will be held November 26-30. The Ajyal fest is one of two new events taking the place of the Doha Film Festival. The community-based event will bring cinema and film-related activities to Doha to promote film appreciation among families and educators. The fest will run the Doha Film Experience which includes a feature narrative and short film competition and a Made in Qatar/Students section for movies shot in Qatar, or made by individuals of any nationality who currently reside in Qatar. Submissions are now open for the latter section as well as for the short films competition. Entry is open to documentary and narrative films from around the world that are for or about youth. Submissions close August 25. More information is available here.

GDC Digital Cinema Network Inks With Majors For D-Cinema Equipment
GDC Technology subsidiary GDC Digital Cinema Network has signed separate non-exclusive digital cinema deployment agreements with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Paramount Pictures Global, Sony Pictures Releasing International Corporation, Universal Pictures International and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. to deploy DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment to theaters in Latin American. The agreements cover several countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Perú, and Ecuador. Subject to individual deal terms, each studio will separately provide certain financial contributions to promote digital cinema when supplying films in digital form to GDC’s exhibitors.