Fire Wrecks James Bond Film Stage


Britain's Biggest Sound Stage Completely Destroyed

Plumes of smoke rise from Pinewood Studios and the James Bond sound stageThe large James Bond stage at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire has been destroyed by fire. At least eight fire engines tackled the blaze at the set, where filming for the new movie Casino Royale has finished. Eyewitness Jen McVean, who owns a firm at the studios in Iver Heath, said the stage was "completely on fire".

The large sound stage had been transformed into a replica Venice where the film, with a reported budget of £39m ($72m), is partly based. Mrs McVean, 27, said earlier the stage looked completely on fire. "Nothing is salvageable and there are many, many fire engines there," she added.


Slamdance 2007 Film Festival Call For Entries

Slamdance - call for entries 2007
January 18, 2007- January 27, 2006
Park City, UT, United States

Festival week in Park City is an exciting time for both American and international independent film.  But don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Increase your changes of attending by applying both to Sundance and Slamdance.  The presence of Australian film at Slamdance has increased every year.


Berlusconi and Mills Sent To Trial in Mediaset Fraud Case


David Mills, estranged husband of UK Culture Minister Tessa JowellFormer Italian Premier Silvio BerlusconiItaly's Former premier Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to stand trial for alleged fraud at his private TV network company Mediaset .

Judge Fabio Paparella sent 13 others to trial, including Mediaset Chairman Fedele Confalonieri and British corporate lawyer David Mills, the estranged husband of Britain's Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell; and several top former officials at Berlusconi's Fininvest family holding company .


Producer/Directors Most Wanted Freelancers


Most WantedStatistics taken from the Broadcast Freelancer Database show Producer/Director is the most popular search made by the 900 registered employers who are using the site. 

The site holds a database of over seven thousand freelancers, searchable by production companies looking for qualified people to fill roles.

Since the site launch in October 2005, 12% of all freelancer searches have been for producer/ director roles Also in the top five searches were camera operators (7%), editors (6%), directors (5%) and associate producers (4%).


Comedy Genius John Cleese 'Retires From Performing'


John Cleese announces his retirementComedy legend John Cleese has said he is retiring from writing and performing sitcoms because he will never manage to top the success of Fawlty Towers.

The Monty Python star will concentrate instead on publishing a book on the history of comedy and will hold classes explaining how to make people laugh.