Girls Impact the World And Dubai Fests Team On Film Prize
The Girls Impact the World Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival have partnered to offer a new prize, the DIFF Prize for Advancing Women and Girls. The prize will be awarded to an aspiring student filmmaker from the Middle East and North Africa region for a short original film on an issue related to the advancement of women and girls globally. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. The submission deadline is December 31. Entries will be judged by a panel that includes Jeff Skoll, Christy Turlington-Burns, actor Ian Somerhalder, and Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell. The winning submissions will be screened — and the final winner selected — at an awards ceremony at Harvard College on February 22. Guidelines and entry requirements can be found here.
‘The Wolverine’ Claws Its Way To $14.4M Opening In China
Fox’s The Wolverine opened in China this weekend, taking $14.4M from Friday through Sunday. After four days in release, it had earned $18.3M through last night, according to FilmBizAsia. The film was No. 1 at the box office and outperformed 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which earned a total of $13.2M. The Wolverine was ahead of Donnie Yen’s new Chinese entry Special ID, which opened on Friday to $10.9M. Last week, magic/heist thriller Now You See Me was the top pic at the box office, but fell sharply in its second weekend, FBA said. Tsui Hark’s hot Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, is closing in on $98.5M and Huayi Brothers Media Corp said Monday that it was lowering its box office revenue share from 43% to 30% in an effort to get the film across the line.
Endemol UK Getting Into The App Game
Endemol UK is moving into app publishing. The initiative will launch with new gaming apps based on the shows Pointless and Deal Or No Deal, which will allow fans anywhere to play against each other and will be available on iOS and Android devices next month. Led by the company’s gaming arm Endemol Games UK, the move is a first step toward building an extensive network of apps based on existing TV brands alongside new games developed as apps from the start, Endemol said. The company will fund the development of the new apps, which will be created and published in-house as well as in partnership with specialist developers. In other app news, Cartoon Network has launched a new mobile app aimed at tablet-savvy kids in Asia. CN Watch and Play allows users to simultaneously watch video from animated TV series and play games from Cartoon Network’s website.
Stuart Hall Stripped Of OBE Title In Wake Of Sex Assault Conviction
Queen Elizabeth II has ordered that former BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall be stripped of his Order of the British Empire. The monarch said the honor should be “cancelled and annulled” and his name “erased” from the register, the BBC reported. The move comes four months after Hall was sentenced to jail for a series of sexual assaults on young girls. The 83-year-old former TV and radio host read regional news for the BBC in the 1960s and ’70s and also hosted BBC One game show It’s A Knockout from 1972–1988. He reported on soccer for BBC Radio 5 Live until his arrest in December.