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Why 'Diamond Dogs' Had to Premiere in Singapore.

Singaporean filmmaker Gavin Lim is delighted to have the world premiere of his debut feature Diamond Dogs' at home at the 28th Singapore International Film Festival. The SGIFF, which kicks off Thursday, is part of the Singapore Media Festival. It's important for my first film to premiere in SGIFF, instead of every ...

- Variety - US

Davon Fleming calls Baltimore 'a city on the rise,' advances on 'The Voice'.

Baltimore’s Davon Fleming continues to impress on NBC’s “The Voice,” advancing to next week’s round of 11. Fleming, 25, who was raised in Park Heights, was one of 10 singers who advanced Tuesday night thanks to the earlier votes of “The Voice” viewers. He was also the first contestant ...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million.

In today's film news roundup, Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million, “Happy Death Day” tops $100 million in box office, and the comedy “Future '38” gets sold. PROPERTY DEAL Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 ...

- Variety - US

'The Other Side of Everything' Leads Winners From a Politically Charged IDFA Lineup.

In a world presently riven with political conflict and polarized discord, you wouldn't expect the world's leading documentary festival to skimp on the tough issues, and so it proved at IDFA this year. The Amsterdam showcase's 2017 lineup was a strong one, peppered with challenging perspectives and confrontations of past ...

- Variety - US

Poldark star Aidan Turner is heading to the West End.

The actor will swap his scythe for a cut-throat razor in his new stage role as an Irish terrorist.

- BBC - UK

Jude Law Cast as Male Lead in 'Captain Marvel'.

Marvel begins production on its first solo female superhero movie next March, and we can expect more and more casting announcements as the start date approaches. Here's one now: Variety has just learned, without confirmation yet from the studio, that Jude Law is in negotiations to play the male lead inCaptain Marvel ...

- Movies.com - US

Pullman's plea to save school libraries.

Philip Pullman, and scores of other authors, urge the education secretary to protect school libraries in England.

- BBC - UK

'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' Renewed for Season 2 At Netflix.

We've got movie sign! “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” has officially been renewed for a new season at Netflix, Variety has learned. The announcement, which can be seen above, came at the conclusion of the annual Thanksgiving marathon of the show that runs on YouTube. While this will be the second ...

- Variety - US

Prince Harry and robot to edit Radio 4's Today.

The BBC has announced this year's guest editors, who will take over between Christmas and New Year.

- BBC - UK

Action film flop Take Down received £3m in Welsh loan.

Take Down, which went straight to DVD, was one of several projects to get Welsh Government loans.

- BBC - UK

Jean Reno Boards Pablo Aragüés' Fantasy Thriller '1,200 Souls' .

One of France's best known actors, Jean Reno , is attached to star in 1.200 Almas' ,' a fantasy thriller from the Zaragoza-based producer-director tandem of Marta Cabrera and Pablo Aragüés whose Novatos' proved a Netflix worldwide distribution pick-up. L.A.-based Outsider Pictures Paul Hudson is handling world

- Variety - US

New L.A. Restaurants, Bars and Updated Favorites for Fall 2017

Each week Variety's Devour section adds a new spot to check out, or finds something fresh at an old favorite. Italian Seafood is Always in Season at Cal Mare Holiday shopping at the remodeled Beverly Center just got more delicious with the arrival of Cal Mare, from Michael Mina's restaurant group. Combining coastal Italian ...

- Variety - US

Burberry: How Christopher Bailey reinvented the brand with the chequered past

As Christopher Bailey leaves Burberry, we look at the legacy he's left for the fashion brand.

- BBC - UK

World's only particle accelerator for art is back at the Louvre

The world's only particle accelerator used in the analysis of art has undergone major refurbishment.

- BBC - UK

Ventana Sur: Meikincine Acquires World Sales on 'Al Desierto'

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina , Lucia and Julia's Meik's Buenos Aires-based Meikincine, a boutique sales company, has acquired world sales rights to Al Desierto' , one of the only three Argentine movies in International Competition at this year's Mar del Plata Festival, which opened Nov. 17. Cinetren will release To the Desert' ...

- Variety - US

IDFA Film Review: 'Over the Limit'

Nina Sayers, the tortured heroine of Darren Aronofsky's prima ballerina psychodrama “Black Swan,” might just thank her lucky stars if she saw “Over the Limit,” another relentless portrait of young female performers mentally and physically savaged in the name of perfection. This is no heightened ...

- Variety - US

SGIFF: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema

Waheeda Rehman, the 79-year-old grande dame of Indian cinema who has worked with most of the legendary filmmakers of her country during her 62-year career is very complimentary about the kind of films being made today. All kinds of stories are being today,' Rehman said. Back in the day, films used to be formulaic. There

- Variety - US

Annie Lennox named Glasgow Caledonian University chancellor

The Eurythmics star will become the first woman to take on the role as chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University.

- BBC - UK

The Last Horror Blog: 'Get Out' Sequel, 'A Quiet Place,' 'Devils Under Dust' and More

Jordan Peele open to the idea of a Get Out sequel – I’ve no doubt that Jordan Peele’s Get Out is going to wind up on a whole lot of “Best Horror of 2107” lists at the end of next month. There’s no denying that Peele has created one of the smarter horror films to emerge in recent memory , ...

- Movies.com - US

Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise , Demián Rugna

MAR DEL PLATA , Is there any way of stopping this?' police commissioner Funes asks paranormal expert Albreck as the body count and unearthly beings proliferate at three common-or-garden Argentine suburban chalets in Demián Rugna's Aterrados' . No,' answers Albreck, a venerable bluestocking, just before a twig-lick arm ...

- Variety - US

Roland Emmerich's Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Roland Emmerich's Centropolis Entertainment is teaming up with Berlin-based Flimmer to co-produce a modern-day screen adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute.” The film follows 15-year-old Tim Walker, who is sent from London to the Austrian Alps to attend the renowned Mozart boarding school, where he ...

- Variety - US

Google clamps down on ticket scammers

The search engine introduces tough restrictions on ticket resellers, in an effort to combat fraud.

- BBC - UK

Luca Guadagnino Relied on a Pair of Longtime Friends for 'Call Me by Your Name' Decor, Costumes

Two longtime friends of director Luca Guadagnino added their personal touch to Call Me by Your Name,' his sensual summer romance from Sony Pictures Classics that's set in northern Italy in 1983. An interior decorator by trade, first-time set decorator Violante Visconti dressed the 17th-century villa where young Elio lives

- Variety - US

CBS, Dish agree carriage terms; blackout ends

- CBS Corp and Dish Network Corp resolved a dispute over the fees the satellite TV provider pays to the broadcaster, ending a three-day blackout that affected customers across 26 states.

- Reuters - US

Channel 4 'sorry' over Black-ish IRA Shankill bomb joke

Relatives of victims of one of the worst atrocities of NI's Troubles are "deeply upset" over an episode of a US sitcom.

- BBC - UK

Darkest Hour: Gary Oldman on the 'challenge' of Churchill

The actor discusses his new film Darkest Hour .

- BBC - UK

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter denies rape claim

The singer says he is "shocked and saddened" to be accused of rape by a former member of a girl band.

- BBC - UK

Little Miss Inventor joins Mr Men and Little Miss line-up

The new character has been created as a positive role model for girls, its author says.

- BBC - UK

Baltimore filmmaker's latest documentary up for major award

“Motherland,” the latest documentary from Baltimore filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, has been nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. The Spirits, awarded to smaller-budget films made and released outside the major-studio mainstream, are handed out the day before the Oscars. “Motherland,” which...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival

Virtual Reality is the buzz phrase these days at film festivals, big and small. They are keen to explore alternate means of entertainment that might just possibly the future. The Singapore Media Festival is no different and has set up a one-day event – the VR X SMF Ignite Conference – that will unspool Nov.

- Variety - US

IDFA Forum: 'Documentary Makers Want To Go Behind The News'

AMSTERDAM , The world's geopolitical landscape may be changing on a daily and depressing basis, but a visit to this year's Forum suggests it's not all doom and gloom in the world of documentary. Sunken Eldorado', from France, offers a tale of modern-day piracy in the hunt for the Spanish Armada's missing gold; Italian ...

- Variety - US

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter denies 2002 rape allegation

LOS ANGELES - Backstreet Boy singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied an allegation that he raped a teen pop singer 15 years ago, saying he was "shocked and saddened" by the accusation.

- Reuters - US

Film Review: 'A Murder in Mansfield'

The words “true crime” have never lost their dime-store tabloid allure. Yet most of us realize that when a story of extreme and shocking violence taps our voyeuristic curiosity, that doesn't necessarily make it “low.” Ambitious documentary filmmakers have long understood that true-crime material, ...

- Variety - US

'Star Wars' Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy

With the excitement already building for the year-end release of the latest Star Wars' film, the new video game Star Wars: Battlefront II' was poised to capitalize on all the excitement for the vaunted Disney franchise. Unfortunately for Electronic Arts, the video game studio behind Battlefront II,' controversy and fan ...

- Variety - US

Burberry: How Christopher Bailey rescued the brand with the chequered past

As Bailey leaves Burberry, we look at the legacy he's left for the leading British fashion brand.

- BBC - UK

Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Is Finally Completed - 38 Years Later

Doctor Who' fans will finally be able to enjoy a newly completed classic episode of the sci-fi show after producers and former series star Tom Baker filled in the blanks of an unfinished 1979 installment titled Shada.' The episode had remained incomplete for decades after an engineering strike disrupted filming. BBC ...

- Variety - US

Tommy Keene, Power-Pop Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 59

Tommy Keene, a veteran singer-songwriter of the new wave and power-pop eras best known for his 1984 alternative-radio hit Places That Are Gone,' died Wednesday, according to a post on his website. The post gives no cause of death and simply states: Tommy Keene 6/30/58 – 11/22/17. Tommy passed unexpectedly and peacefully ...

- Variety - US

ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle Movistar+ Original 'Felix'

Confirming the large interest of Europe's foremost TV sales houses in handling original series produced by Telefonica's Movistar+, ITV Studios Global Ent. has acquired international distribution rights to Cesc Gay's drama Felix.' Starring Argentina's Leonardo Sbaraglia, Felix' forms part of Movistar+'s ambitious original ...

- Variety - US

Endemol Shine Surprises With Plan to Shrink Southeast Asia Operation

Multinational TV production group Endemol Shine is to shrink its regional office in Singapore, which had been overseeing original production in Southeast Asia. The downsized operation will continue to handle format licensing and sales of finished programming. The surprise move was announced on the eve of the Singapore Media ...

- Variety - US

Singapore: 'Scorpions' Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan  

Top Indian director, Anup Singh is poised to reunite with star Irrfan Khan on Lasya – The Gentle Dance.' Singh's The Song of Scorpions,', starring Khan, Golshifteh Farahani and Indian cinema legend Waheeda Rehman, is playing as a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of the Singapore ...

- Variety - US

Question Time cut short as woman falls ill

The BBC TV show is curtailed after an audience member collapses.

- BBC - UK

CBS, Dish Resolve Carriage Dispute

CBS Corp. and Dish announced they reached a new carriage agreement late Thursday, ending a blackout that kept the satcaster's subscribers from watching NFL action on Thanksgiving. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the new multi-year agreement covers not only broadcast network CBS, but other cable channels owned by the ...

- Variety - US

'Sweet Country,' 'Newton' Share Top Honors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Australian Outback Western, Sweet Country' was named best film at the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, on Thursday. The film, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice festival earlier this year, is the second feature by cinematographer turned director Warwick Thornton. His first film Samson and Delilah' won the APSA best ...

- Variety - US

Sir Vince Cable 'too good' for Bad Sex book award

The Liberal Democrat leader's novel Open Arms isn't shortlisted for the prize, despite "many" nominations.

- BBC - UK

East 17's Brian Harvey arrested over 'malicious tweets'

The former chart-topper is suspected of sending "malicious communications" via social media.

- BBC - UK

Playwright Jim Cartwright plans 'theatre of head, heart and two fingers'

Warren Brown and Julie Hesmondhalgh will help launch writer Jim Cartwright's theatre company.

- BBC - UK

Media can't back down from harassment coverage

Sexual harassment allegations are coming so fast and furious it is hard to keep up: Former CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose , Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are among the latest public figures to face accusations. But we in the media must not only keep up, we need to...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

All the Thanksgiving TV Marathons You Can Binge This Weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday is finally here, and besides the family reunions, turkey dinners, and fall football games, this means the return of holiday TV marathons. Discovery Channel will run a marathon of Mike Rowe's show “Dirty Jobs” on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to hopefully give viewers a reason to ...

- Variety - US

Guillermo del Toro Knows Exactly What 'Star Wars' Movie He Wants to Make

There's a lot to talk about right now when it comes to Star Wars. Sure, you have Star Wars: The Last Jedi arriving in theaters in just a few weeks, followed by the Han Solo movie, Solo, next May. But thanks to a recent announcement, there are several more Star Wars movies to begin anticipating, as Last Jedi director Rian ...

- Movies.com - US

TV News Roundup: '89 Blocks' Set to Kick Off Fox Sports Films 'Magnify' Series

In today's roundup, Fox Sports announces a LeBron James-produced documentary for its new 'Magnify' series, ABC sets an all-athletes edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” and more. FIRST LOOKS The first film in Fox Sports' new “Magnify” series of feature-length documentaries will be “89 ...

- Variety - US