Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is set to join Shah Rukh Khan as co-host of Got Talent World Stage Live, an extension of Simon Cowell’s Got Talent franchise. The show, to be shot in Mumbai, will feature performances by local and international artists and be broadcast on Colors TV. Chopra has starred in some of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time including Krrish 3, Don 2 and Ra.One. The latter two also starred SRK. According to Bollywood Hungama, the pair might perform together during the Mumbai show on December 6.
Scandinavian genre films remain high on international distributors’ lists as evidenced by activity at the just-wrapped AFM. After selling its Department Q trilogy of thrillers to Sundance Selects in North America, TrustNordisk says it also has closed a number of deals on upcoming fantasy adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter. Currently in post, the film is based on the book by Lene Kaaberbol, a take on greed and betrayal set in a world of dragons and supernatural powers. The cast is led by Peter Plaugborg (The Keeper Of Lost Causes), Jakob Oftebro (In Order Of Disappearance), Soren Malling (A Hijacking), Maria Bonnevie (A Second Chance), Stina Eklad (Love Is All You Need) and Allan Hyde (True Blood). Kenneth Kainz directs from a script by Oscar winner Anders Thomas Jensen. Territories acquiring the film include the Middle East (Gulf Film), Russia/CIS, (Daro Film Distribution), Estonia (EstinFilm), the former Yugoslavia (Cinemania Group), Thailand (Sahamongkolfilm International) and Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam (Rain Film). The Scandinavian release is set for spring via Nordisk Film Distribution.
Benedict Cumberbatch will receive the Variety Award at the Moët British Independent Film Awards on December 7. The prize goes to a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. Last year’s recipient was Paul Greengrass. Cumberbatch is also up for Best Actor at the ceremony for The Imitation Game, which has four nominations total including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay for Graham Moore; and Best Actress for Keira Knightley. The actor is shooting The Hollow Crown sequel for the BBC and next stars in Lost City Of Z.
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