April 24, 2013 |
Author/filmmaker Salman Rushdie joined Jon Stewart Tuesday night on "The Daily Show" to talk about the forthcoming film version of his bestselling novel "Midnight's Children. " The 1981 novel won a slew of awards -- including the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the "Booker of Bookers" (twice) -- but the film rights, Rushdie said, went for a dollar. Stewart, who is about to leave to work on a film of his own, seemed unimpressed. "We in the business refer to that as 'bupkis,'" he said.
April 23, 2013 |
Director John Woo, who has primarily relocated from Hollywood to Asia, will next make the World War II drama “Flying Tigers” as a combination movie-television miniseries in China. The production, announced in Shanghai this week, will be co-financed by Holland's Cyrte Investments and China Film Group, with filming set to begin early next year. The production, based on the true story of an American who trained the Chinese to fly fighter planes against Japanese invaders, and produced by Woo's longtime partner Terence Chang, will yield a two-part feature and a six-hour miniseries, the companies said.
April 22, 2013 |
China's film and television business generated revenue of $15.5 billion, or 100 billion yuan in local currency, and supported more than 900,000 jobs in 2011, according to a new study by the Motion Picture Assn. and the China Film Distributors and Exhibitors Assn. The report did not offer comparable figures for 2010, but said film and TV revenues have grown 85% in non-inflation-adjusted sales from 2006. The figures underscore the growth of the Chinese market, which within a few years is expected to pass the United States as the world's No. 1 box-office territory.
April 18, 2013 |
Paramount Pictures will cast Chinese roles for its upcoming “Transformers 4” through a reality television show in the world's most populous nation, the studio announced Thursday. The sequel, set for release next summer and directed by Michael Bay, previously was announced as a coproduction between the American studio and China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. Known as “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” the competition will select four actors for the film: two professionals and two amateurs. The competition is scheduled to start this June and will be judged by Jiaflix producer Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer of the “Transformers” sequel; casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount marketing and distribution executive Megan Colligan.
April 11, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Just a few minutes after the lights dimmed and the credits rolled, Chinese censors on Thursday yanked Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" from cinemas around the country. A Shanghai cinema company posted to its official Weibo account Thursday morning that screenings of the film would be delayed indefinitely for "technical reasons. " The cinema announced it would reimburse viewers who had already bought tickets. China's State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT)
April 6, 2013 |
HONG KONG - When Mabel Cheung, one of this city's leading directors, shot her historical-political drama "The Soong Sisters" in China in the mid-1990s, the nature of the exchange for the co-production was simple: Beijing provided inexpensive manpower, and professionals from the British colony's highly developed movie industry provided the expertise. Hong Kong cinema, after all, had been enjoying a golden age for close to two decades - celebrated directors such as John Woo and Wong Kar-wai had helped the city's filmmakers garner a global fan base.
April 2, 2013 |
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia released its first Chinese-language film with no certainty the modestly budgeted movie would succeed with audiences in the world's most populous country. But "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons," a comedic take on a well-known 16th century Chinese fantasy novel, had a February opening-week gross of $93.5 million - the biggest ever in China. It already has made $200.5 million, and it could go on to gross more at China's box office than any other Chinese-made film in history.
March 18, 2013 |
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she now backs a program to expand the state's film tax credit. Martinez recently vetoed a bill that would increase the state's film credit to 30% for TV series shooting at least six episodes in New Mexico, saying she questioned the logic of an "unlimited subsidy to a single industry. " But Martinez changed her tune over the weekend. At a news conference on Saturday in Santa Fe, she said she would, in fact, support the improved incentive as part of a large package of tax reforms approved by state lawmakers, including a proposed reduction in corporate tax rates.
March 16, 2013 |
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - The film festival crowd had filled the last seats in the Cine Neerwaya and, when there was no room left, sat four abreast in the aisles. The opening credits hardly dimmed the buzz in the theater; for those who missed a crucial plot twist, a neighbor was always eager to offer a running commentary. Whatever pieties had been observed for more solemn films at the Fespaco festival, which ended this month, there was a sense that "Congé de Mariage" (Marriage Holiday)