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China Media Capital Trio Takes Control at Iconic Shaw Brothers


Li Ruigang and two fellow executives from his China Media Capital group have taken three directorial positions at iconic Hong Kong studio Shaw Brothers. The company made famous by Sir Run Run Shaw was once a dominant force in Hong Kong and Asian cinema, but largely ceased film production in 1987. Today, however, the company… Read more »


RatPac Entertainment and Korea’s CJ Shine on ‘Sunny’ Remake


Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment has teamed with South Korea’s CJ Entertainment for an English-language remake of CJ’s hit “Sunny.” The companies have hired Heather Hach (“Freaky Friday,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”) to deliver a screenplay. The original story, sees a group of middle aged women reunite their high scool classmates… Read more »


Mumbai Festival: ‘Billion Colour Story’ Director to Shed ‘Teardrop’ (EXCLUSIVE)


MUMBAI — Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, whose debut feature “A Billion Colour Story” recently travelled to the Busan, London and Mumbai festivals, is next to make “Distant Teardrop.” The English-, Sinhala- and Tamil-language feature will start principal photography in Sri Lanka from January 2017. Set over a 10-year time period between 2000-2010, the film is about an… Read more »


Darren Aronofsky, Simon Yam to Spice up Singapore Festival Lineup

Hong Kong Film Awards

“Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky will be the subject of an evening event at next month’s Singapore International Film Festival. Simon Yam, one of the most versatile Hong Kong actors, will receive a Cinema Legend Award. The festival, running Nov. 23 – Dec. 4, will open with the previously announced “Interchange,” by Dain Iskandar Said…. Read more »


Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Tops AACTA Awards Nominations

'Hacksaw Ridge' photocall, 73rd Venice Film Festival, Italy - 04 Sep 2016

Mel Gibson’s yet-to-be released war movie “Hacksaw Ridge” added to its Oscars credentials by scooping the largest number of nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. The film, which releases in Australia on Nov 3 and in the U.S. on Nov. 4 earned a total of 13 nominations across performance… Read more »


Tom Hanks’ ‘Sully’ Set for China Release in December


Warner Bros. has secured a Dec. 9 release date in China for Tom Hanks’ “Sully,” which has already topped $180 million in worldwide box office.  “Sully” stars Hanks as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the career pilot who successfully landed a damaged U.S. Airways jet in the Hudson River in 2009 after it hit a flock of… Read more »


Japanese Animation Hit ‘Your Name’ Sells to FUNimation for U.S.


FUNimation Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to “Your Name,” the animation sensation that is currently riding high at the Japanese box office. The film has topped the Japanese chart for nine consecutive weekends and now stands on a cumulative total of $157 million. That makes it the fifth highest grossing film of all time at the Japan… Read more »


Tokyo Talk: Mamoru Hosoda, Hirokazu Koreeda on Channeling the Past


TOKYO — What do you get when you put together an animation maestro and an art-house darling? On Wednesday, following an evening screening of Mamoru Hosoda’s 2012 hit animation “Wolf Children” at the Tokyo Film Festival, Hosoda and fellow director Hirokazu Koreeda took to the stage for a free-ranging discussion. They covered their themes, inspirations… Read more »


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