Hollywood legend Richard Fleischer, a talented "jack of all trades" director, died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in California on Saturday having suffered from a respiratory infection. He was 89 and in his enduring screen career had directed over 50 movies.
Comedian Jennifer Saunders and child psychology expert Dr Tanya Byron are teaming up to collaborate on a new comedy series, one of a raft of pilots ordered by BBC1 controller Peter Fincham. The Vivienne Vyle Show is a spoof on the kind of parenting therapy shows fronted by Byron, who presents BBC3 series Little Angels and The House Of Tiny Tearaways. Saunders plays fictional therapist Vyle.
The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund has announced support for three new films, totalling £1.67 million in production finance. All the filmmakers involved have previously been supported by UKFC in earlier projects.
New Directors/New Films, one of the most anticipated film events on the New York film calendar, celebrates its 35th anniversary of one of the key showcases of new international film talent. The Festival unspools 25 feature films and 5 shorts from March 22 through April 2, 2006. The program is presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Department of Film and Media of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Reuters News Agency is now reporting that Chinese police have detained Chinese-born film maker Hao Wu,a permanent U.S. resident, a family member said on Monday, weeks before President Hu Jintao visits the United States and one week after Netribution broke the news.
"I made this film because I feel a sense of responsibility as an American. Here we are, living in a place of enormous wealth, opportunity, beauty and privilege, where alongside those things, and to preserve those things, our government engages in extremely dangerous behavior. Here, if you choose, you can ignore US foreign policy. Meanwhile, around the world, American foreign, economic and military policy, is not something you can ignore. In fact, it is determining the course of your life, your aspirations and your potential. So, as an American, I have the chance to try and do something about that..."
BBC Birmingham is to produce three 60-minute documentaries for BBC2 marking the 60th anniversary of the British Raj. Britain's colonial rule over its Indian Empire ended with independence for India in 1947 and partition into separate countries of India and East and West Pakistan.
The latest entertainment craze to sweep the internet has got the film and television industries worried. Thousands of amateur video clips, rare footage of music concerts and home-made film spoofs are now being uploaded every day to the video-sharing website YouTube for the enjoyment of millions of web users around the world.
The BBC is set to lay off almost 2,000 staff over the next 12 months, as it gears up for the second year of director general Mark Thompson's cost-cutting programme.
The corporation is currently 50 jobs short of reaching this year's target of shedding 1,045 staff, according to broadcasting union Bectu, after a combination of outsourcing and voluntary redundancy.
US actor Randy Quaid has sued the makers of Brokeback Mountain for $10 million, claiming he was hoodwinked into accepting a low-ball salary for his role in the Oscar-winning movie.
Streetwise - Edinburgh’s high definition short film Scheme to capture 'the streets of Edinburgh' has been launched for hopeful filmmakers. Five films, drama or documentary, with the most imaginative response to the theme will be commissioned as part of the Streetwise Films initiative being run by the Pilton Video group.
Anyone trying to gain employment in the Britain's film industry knows how hard it can be getting a foot in the door. Three years at film school and all the enthusiasm and determination in the world still can't guarantee you a job in an industry that measures success in terms of who you have worked with and what films you have worked on. Here's a story that shows how one aspiring filmmaker got his first lucky break. Not only in the crew, but in front of the camera as well. Tim Maguire – Director of The Rosslyn Enigma explains…
The first ever Metropolitan Police Service Film Unit (MPSFU) has been announced by Lord Puttnam, Chair of the Film London Executive Task Force, and Commander Shabir Hussain of the Metropolitan Police. This streamlined service has been set up following recommendations from the London Filming Partnership Executive Task Force.
Sony are to release a less expensive more compact HDV camera, shipping next month to the US. Sony has announced the HDC-HC3 HDV camcorder, which is 26% more compact than its predecessor and also includes a HDMI digital audio/video output. The $1,700 unit includes a 2.7" wide touchscreen LCD display, and is slated to be available in April.
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Disney is poised to invest in India's film industry. Walt Disney Company (India) already has a presence in the kid’s television segment through Disney Channel and Toon Disney in India, is now setting sights on Bollywood.