Scott Rudin Nabs Hot New Book ‘The Buried Giant’ By Kazuo Ishiguro
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Rudin has acquired rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s epic new novel The Buried Giant. The book, which has been ecstatically reviewed, follows a couple in a semi-historical Medieval Britain as they venture forth across a war-ravaged landscape in search of a son they haven’t seen in years. The story has fantasy elements, including a dragon, spectacular battle sequences and a panoramic backdrop. It has been compared favorably to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Ring… Read
BBC Rape Documentary Causes Uproar In India
India’s Daughter, a hard-hitting BBC documentary about the brutal gang rape of a young woman in India that generated global headlines in 2012, is causing a storm of controversy in India. Based on the rape in December 2012 of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh, who died from the horrific internal injuries she received from her attackers, the film reputedly offers an uncompromising portrait of attitudes among some sectors of Indian society toward women. One interview, in… Read
Adrien Brody Scores In China, Fosters Global Ambitions With Local Partners
EXCLUSIVE: With seemingly all of Hollywood eager to get a piece of the increasingly lucrative Chinese pie to help fuel their global ambitions, Adrien Brody has succeeded in doing just that by embracing the local biz. The Oscar-winning actor-turned-producer is currently riding high at the Chinese box office, thanks to a starring role opposite Jackie Chan and John Cusack in the epic Dragon Blade. The film, which opened at No. 1 during the Chinese New Year celebrations, is… Read
Alibaba Buys $380 Million Stake In Chinese Production Company Enlight
Jack Ma’s Alibaba has acquired an 8.8% stake in Enlight, one of China’s leading film and TV production companies, again highlighting the online giant’s eagerness to increase its presence in content creation. The stake is valued at $380 million. The news came in an announcement to the Shenzhen stock exchange.
The move to buy into Enlight, which last year struck a deal with Israel's Read
ITV Sees Strong Growth In 2014 Revenues; Production Arm At Nearly £1B
The home of Broadchurch and Downton Abbey, ITV this morning reported strong revenue growth for the full year ended December 31. Pre-tax profit was up 23% to £712M ($1.09B), beating analyst estimates. There was a 6% hike in net advertising revenue to £1.63B and expectation is that the trend will continue with an 11% jump in the first quarter of 2015. The production division, ITV Studios, saw 9% revenue growth to £933M and a 22% increase in profits to £162M. That trajectory… Read
Jon Cassar To Executive Produce Brazil-Set Comedy Series ‘Rio Heat'; Victor Webster To Star
Action comedy series Rio Heat, produced under a co-production treaty between Brazil and Canada, is described as a cross between Hawaii 5-0, Miami Vice, Magnum PI and Moonlighting. Emmy-winning 24 producer/director Jon Cassar will executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the 13-episode series, which will be filmed entirely in Brazil. Rio Heat was co-created by Canadian TV producer Ken Gord and Dean Borenstein. Gord is the writer and executive produces with… Read
‘Snowden’ First-Look Photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Oliver Stone’s Biopic
UPDATED with more photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks ready for battle in the first-look image from Oliver Stone’s buzzy Edward Snowden biopic. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road is set to open the pic on December 25.
Interest in the NSA whistleblower remains high. CitizenFour, the chilling documentary by Laura… Read
Emily Watson Joins Ian McKellen & Anthony Hopkins In ‘The Dresser’ For BBC/Starz
Production has begun in London on BBC Two/Starz drama The Dresser. Richard Eyre is directing the adaptation of Ronald Harwood's classic portrait of theater life backstage. Teaming for the first time on screen, Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins star. The two-hour TV movie has also now added Emily Watson, Happy Valley‘s Sarah Lancashire and Edward Fox — who appeared in the 1983 Oscar-nominated Peter Yates version of The Dresser that starred Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay… Read
Inspired By Slow TV, BBC4 To Air Canal Boat Trip, Making Of A Wooden Chair
After captivating Norway, the Slow TV concept is making its way to the UK. While it’s not exactly the 8.5 hours of knitting or 134-hour coastal cruise that NRK2 has promulgated to great local success, BBC Four says its slow-down airing this spring is inspired by the idea. It will include a selection of programs designed to give audiences “the chance to sit back, unwind and watch some very unhurried television.”
BBC Four Goes Slow will include three deliberately unrushed… Read
‘Jasmine’ Trailer: Hong Kong Film Festival Pic Looks To Thrill
EXCLUSIVE: Jasmine is a psychological thriller from Shanghai Street Films that has been selected as part of the official lineup at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. It will have its world premiere on March 25 there. A Hong Kong-U.S. co-production, the English-language film marks the directorial debut of Dax Phelan who’s helming from his own script. Byron Mann (The Man With The Iron Fists), Jason Tobin (The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift), Eugenia Yuan (Memoirs… Read
UK-China Co-Production Treaty Ratified
The UK government’s culture secretary Sajid Javad today announced that the co-production treaty between the UK and China has been formally ratified.
Javid made the announcement while attending at the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, China alongside Miao Xiaotian, president of the China Film Co-production Corporation.
The deal, negotiated by the British Film Institute (BFI) and China's Film Bureau and China Film Co-production Corporation, with support from the… Read
BAFTA, China Ink Scholarship Deal; Mel Brooks Bringing His Act To The UK
BAFTA is in China this week as part of a delegation attending the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai. The Duke of Cambridge, BAFTA’s president, opened the festival on Monday to start the UK season of the Year of Cultural Exchange that will celebrate UK and Chinese creative talent and help forge new business relationships between the nations. A first step announced today is a scholarship program that, beginning in 2016, will see the British academy offer financial… Read