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    Hong Kong box office up 11% due to multiplex expansion


    After years of falling revenues or at best flat growth, Hong Kong was back on its feet in 2007 with total box office revenues at $129.63m (HK$1.01bn), the best in recent years, according to local industry body, the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA). It not only represented a big jump ...

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    Malaysia's 2007 box office to hita record $91m


    Malaysia is on track to produce yet another record-setting year with the total box office expected to sail past the $91.2m (RM300m) mark for the first time in its history.A growth of at least 20% year-on-year is estimated, which would make it the seventh consecutive year with double-digit growth in ...

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    Ian Maycock promoted to MD of Technicolor Thailand


    Technicolor (Thailand) has named Ian Maycock as the new managing director of its Bangkok facilities, a key hub for servicing filmmakers and distributors in the pan-Asian region.Maycock who has worked in Australia, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Malaysia, has a background in the production and post-production businesses of Asian films ...

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    Yip rejoins Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures


    May Yip has rejoined Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) as general manager for distribution. Yip left EMP in 2003 to join Fortune Star Entertainment in which she spent the next four years heading up distribution. In her new role at EMP, she reports directly to chief executive Albert Lee.Lee ...

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    Thai interim parliament approves controversial film act


    Thailand approved the controversial new Film and Video Act yesterday during the last days of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the interim parliament installed by the military junta until Sunday's general election. The new law will see the launch of a film rating system for the first time, which in ...

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    Juthamas resigns from PPP following bribery accusations


    Former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Juthamas Siriwan, yesterday (Dec 20) tendered her resignation as deputy head of Thailand's Puea Padin Party following the revelation of a bribery scandal over the Bangkok International Film Festival (BKKIFF). The corruption link to Juthamas has been making top headlines all ...

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    Khoo wraps Tamil-language drama You And Me


    Singapore director Eric Khoo today wrapped his latest film You And Me after a 12-day shoot. The picture features a Tamil cast and the dialogues are in the Tamil language, making it the first Indian Tamil film made in Singapore. Amateur actor Francis Bosco plays a drunkard father who redeems ...

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    Gerald Green arrested over Bangkok film festival bribes


    Los Angeles-based film executive Gerald Green and his wife Patricia of Film Festival Management (FFM) were arrested yesterday (Dec 18) in a Los Angeles federal court for paying bribes to obtain lucrative contracts for the Bangkok International Film Festival (BKKIFF). The US Justice Department announced that a criminal complaint alleges ...

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    Jakarta honours 3 Days To Forever, Nagabonar


    Riri Riza's road movie 3 Days To Forever was named best Indonesian film as the 9th Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest) came to a close. Deddy Mizwar bagged best Indonesian director for his comedy hit Nagabonar (Becomes) 2. Each was awarded a cash prize of US$5,000.To nurture young filmmakers, Jiffest ...

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    Warlords rampages across Asia with $15m opening


    Peter Ho-sun Chan's The Warlords has set a record as the biggest simultaneous Chinese release of the year, grossing $15m across five Asian territories on its opening weekend. The bulk of the box office came from China where the film became the biggest domestic opener of the year, clinching $12.2 ...

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    Chan's epicWarlords conquers Chinain sneak previews


    Peter Ho-sun Chan's highly-anticipated period epic The Warlords stormed into China, conquering RMB10m ($1.36m) within six hours during its sneak previews in selected cities on Wednesday night (Dec 12). Polybona's Yu Dong expressed confidence that the picture would cross $13.6m (RMB100m) in its first weekend and break new box-office records ...

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    Indonesian filmmakers call for new film rating system


    A revised proposal of a new film rating system was submitted to Indonesia 's Constitutional Court in Jakarta today, with the intention of replacing the dated censorship laws made during former President Suharto's regime in 1992. The proposal was submitted by Masyaraka Film Indonesia, the Indonesian Film Society set up ...

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    Dharm, Lucky Miles share best film prize at AFFF


    India's Dharm, about a Hindu priest's questioning of his religious belief, and Australia's Lucky Miles, about a group of men who are left stranded in the Australian desert, emerged as joint winners of the bestfilm prizeat the 3rd Asian Festival of 1st Films (AFFF). Lesley Dyer was on hand to ...

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    Thomson to establish Asian digital cinema hub


    Thomson is set to establish its first digital cinema hub in Asia, via its Technicolor Digital Cinema business, in view of the rapid growth for such services in the region's digital media and entertainment industry. With the support of Singapore 's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the new facility will be ...

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    Untold Beauty cranks up with Fan, new investors


    Taiwanese heartthrob Fan Chih Wei will topline the cast of Singapore first-time director Roy Lim's Untold Beauty which will begin shooting this Wednesday (Dec 5) after a change in investors. Lim's Moving On is now producing the $689,500 (S$1m) supernatural romance Mandarin-language picture with MediaCorp Raintree Pictures. Other new investors ...

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    Vietnam - Shugrue mountain


    With 60% of its 84 million population below the age of 30, Vietnam offers huge potential to international exhibitors. But the biggest challenge is galvanising the audience into film-going.Vietnam's cinema business has been held back by piracy, poor facilities and the late arrival of titles into the market. 'Young couples ...

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    Malaysia's Golden Screen Cinemas opens luxurytheatre


    Malaysia's largest exhibitor Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) is further strengthening itself as a pioneer in South-East Asia with the opening of a luxury-hall-only boutique cinema. GSC Signature consists of two Gold Class and five Premiere Class halls with a combined 572 seats, making it the first such cinema without normal ...

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    MPA and Singapore's MDA launch Centre for Content Protection


    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) today launched the Centre for Content Protection (CCP) as the first clearing house and resource centre for digital distribution and content protection in Asia Pacific. The centre aims to expand consumer viewing choices through secure distribution of digital television as well as legal downloads, home ...

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    Upside Down scores $10m deal with Cinema Solutions


    Singapore's Upside Down Entertainment (UDE) has signed a $10m deal with US film finance company Cinema Solutions Inc (CSI) for two English-language feature films that the company will produce for the international market. CSI will provide up to 80% financing of romantic comedy Accidental Love, which is a quirky love ...

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    Singapore, Philippines sign MOU for film collaboration


    Singapore and the Philippines today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for greater media collaborations in the areas of animation, games, TV and film. 'The world is witnessing an unprecedented interest in Asian culture and media content. There is thus great potential and promise for ASEAN nations to leverage our ...