Former Fox Film Exec Building Cinemas In UK Hospitals
Stephen Moore, the former president of the international division of 20th Century Fox, has traded an office in Hollywood for one in a London hospital. He’s signed on as CEO of MediCinema, a UK charity that builds movie screens in hospitals as therapy for patients. A new cinema is about to open at Guy’s Hospital in London and there are others in Newcastle and Glasgow, with more planned. “The idea is that someone in hospital can have the same experience you can have on a Saturday night, complete with surround sound and tiered seating,” Moore told the UK’s Guardian. “They’re as good as any preview theater. The only difference is, it’s nil-by-mouth, so there’s no popcorn.”
‘Flying Machine’ Set For Beijing’s Forbidden City Theater
The 3D family film, a Chinese-Polish co-production, will have its world premiere as part of an Aug. 30 event celebrating the Council of the European Union. The live-action and stop-motion animation film features Heather Graham as a London mom taken on a musical journey by Chinese pianist Lang Lang. The film is also set for the Kids Section at the Toronto International Film Festival. Distribution Workshop is handling sales in Asia, while Exclusive Film Distribution will market the film elsewhere.
Chinese Increasingly Look To France For Location Shoots
Hollywood isn’t the only place where China is becoming more important to the film industry. New figures from Film France indicate Chinese productions shooting in that country have increased tenfold over the past year. “We’ve gone from a situation where we would get one Chinese production every year or two to five big productions in the last 12 months,” the organization’s Franck Priot said in an interview. Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac and box office hit Eternal Moment both shot in France, as did a TV spinoff of Eternal Moment.