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Thailand Attracts More Film Shoots in 2017

Thailand saw the number of incoming productions drop in 2017. But their value and the number of feature films both increased. Data from the Thailand Film Office showed that the value of foreign film, TV, video and advertisements shot in the country last year increased 7% from $74.1 million (THB2.37 billion) in 2016 to $79.4 […]

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HAF Project Market Unveils 16th Edition

Film projects by China’s Liu Jian, South Korea’s E J-yong, and Indonesia’s Edwin are among the works selected for the upcoming edition of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). Other works are proposed by India’s Pushpendra Singh, Taiwan’s Arvin Chen and Hong Kong’s Kiwi Chow. The project market, the 16th edition, will take […]

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Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival

Iconic Italian actresses Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida will be honored at a three-day cultural event by Tiziana Rocc from Filming on Italy and Valeria Rumori from the Italian Institute of Culture Los Angeles. Bellucci has starred in 67 films including “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Passion of the Christ.” She recently appeared alongside Gael […]

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Film News Roundup: Wide Release on Christian Bale’s ‘Hostiles’ Moved Back a Week

In today’s film news roundup, the wide release of “Hostiles” moves back a week, “Birthright: A War Story” gets special screenings and EOS World Fund backs projects from Julie Dash and Nina Menkes. RELEASE STRATEGY Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has moved back its wide release on “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, from Jan. […]

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MPAA: Film, TV Industry Paid Out $49 Billion in 2016

The American film and television industry paid out $49 billion to local businesses across the country in 2016, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA, which represents the six major studios, announced on Tuesday that the film and television industry supported 2.1 million jobs in 2016 — up 100,000 from the previous […]

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Sophie Watts Steps Down as STX President

Sophie Watts has stepped down as president of STX. In a press release, STX said that Watts was leaving to “focus on new business opportunities.” Watts’ departure has been rumored for months. However, Watts previously denied to Variety that she was leaving. In a statement, Watts thanked CEO Bob Simonds, as well as the heads […]

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‘Flash’ Standalone Film Taps Directors John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (EXCLUSIVE)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct “Flashpoint,” the Flash standalone movie starring Ezra Miller. Warner Bros. had no comment. The studio had initially courted Ben Affleck to return to the director’s chair, but he passed on the gig. By tapping Daley and Goldstein, the studio seems to […]

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Tyler Perry Studios President Ozzie Areu Exits to Form New Studio With Brother

Ozzie Areu is departing from his post as president of Tyler Perry Studios and joining with his sibling Will Areu to form Areu Bros. and purchase the former campus of Tyler Perry Studios. The new company announced on Tuesday that the space is the former Delta Air Lines campus in Greenbriar, Ga., which served as […]

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