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Global Showbiz Briefs: Spain Getting Local Version Of Israeli Reality Format ‘The Extra Mile’; Layoffs Loom At BBC News

‘The Extra Mile’ Headed To Spain For First Adaptation Outside Israel 
The Extra MileReality format The Extra Mile is getting its first international adaptation. Created by Ami Glam, CEO of Israel’s Studio Glam, the show challenges divorced couples to work together for prize money for their kid. It will be produced by Endemol Spain for Mediaset Telecinco Channel. The Spanish take will be made in the Canary Islands and is expected to be air in the summer. Spain was one of the 12 territories that bought the right to produce The Extra Mile as a part of a multi-territory deal with Endemol. When the show launched in Israel, it broke records for Channel 10. It is still airing and has an average 24.8% share. The Spanish adaptation will be called Ex, ¿Qué harías por tus hijos? Read More »

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Academy Partners With Dubai Film Festival

The Dubai International Film Festival is celebrating its 10th edition next month, and is upping its profile this year via a new partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A delegation from the Academy including former president Sid Ganis and directors Ava DuVernay and Shekhar Kapur will attend the event which runs December 6-14. Panel discussions will include a session presenting an overview of the Academy and masterclasses for filmmakers. The festival has a number of big-ticket screenings on deck for films that are figuring in awards season. It opens with Palestine’s Oscar entry Omar, and closes with David O Russell’s American Hustle. In between, there will be gala screenings of such pics as August: Osage County, Labor Day, 12 Years A Slave, Fruitvale Station, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Saving Mr. Banks and Out Of The Furnace. Director Jim Sheridan is heading up the concurrent Muhr Arab Feature competition.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Cineworld Founder And CEO Sets Retirement; ‘Gravity’ Launches With $9M In China; More

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

Cineworld Founder and CEO Steve Wiener To Retire In March
More than 18 years after founding the UK’s leading cinema chain, Cineworld CEO Steve Wiener is retiring. The company said today that the 44-year industry veteran will step away on March 31. “In 1995 my wife Jenny and I wrote a business plan to start a cinema company,” Wiener said in a statement. ”We expected over a five year period to open five-seven multiplex cinemas and sell it on to one of the big operators. Today, Cineworld is the No. 1 cinema chain in the UK and has been for more than three years.” Said Cineworld Chairman Anthony Bloom: “Steve has led the company with great distinction from the first day of its founding and has mentored and developed an outstanding management team. He will leave the business in fine shape.”

‘Gravity’ Blasts Off In China With $9M For First Two Days
Gravity has landed in China, and it’s pulling in plenty of moviegoers. Warner Bros said today that the Alfonso Cuarón space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney took in nearly $9 million in its first two days in China. The film generated $4.7 million from 5,854 theaters on its opening day Tuesday and an additional $4.2 million on Wednesday. It’s the studio’s biggest non-holiday opening in China. The biggest opening ever for any U.S. film in China was this year’s Iron Man 3, which debuted to $21 million in its first day, which was China’s Labor Day holiday on May 1 and made $64.5 million in its opening weekend. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Reality Show Axed; Monty Python To Reunite; Dubai Film Fest Unveils Arabian Nights Program; Eyeworks Group Names Nordic Head; Marathon Media CEO Exits

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 9:30pm PST

Sun News Network Pulls Plug On Toronto Mayor Reality Show
Controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, will not be returning to Sun News Network with their newly launched reality show. The hourlong Ford Nation aired one episode on Monday night before getting the axe, despite notching a record 155K views in its first airing and 45k in repeats across Western Canada. The network blamed the move on the show’s demanding production schedule and use of resources. “What we will do is invite the Fords on other programming on the network where they’ll have an opportunity to be interviewed by other hosts,” Sun News VP Kory Teneycke said.

Monty Python To Reunite
Surviving Monty Python members Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are set to reunite in a stage show, UK media reports. The show, expected to be announced at a Thursday press conference, would be the comedy troupe’s first in over three decades.

Dubai Fest Announces Films For Its Arabian Nights Program
The Dubai International Film Festival has solidified the lineup for the second installment of its Arabian Nights program, which focuses on innovative, boundary-pushing films originating from and focused on the Arab region. Titles include Nasreddine Ben Maati’s post-Arab Spring documentary A Doomed Generation; Mahmoud Kaabour’s Chamo Of The Camp, which follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition across more than 70 camps; and prolific Syrian filmmaker Mano Khalil’s The Beekeeper, about a man who lost his wife, children, country and over 500 bee colonies in the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. “The films are a kaleidoscope of viewpoints, techniques and stories,” DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said. “The unifying thread throughout all films is a fresh, distinct take on the pressing issues facing the Arab world today.” The full lineup is here. The 10th annual Dubai fest runs December 6-14. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Girls Impact The World, Dubai Fests Partner On Filmmaker Prize; ‘The Wolverine’ Tops In China; More

Girls Impact the World And Dubai Fests Team On Film Prize
The Girls Impact the World Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival have partnered to offer a new prize, the DIFF Prize for Advancing Women and Girls. The prize will be awarded to an aspiring student filmmaker from the Middle East and North Africa region for a short original film on an issue related to the advancement of women and girls globally. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. The submission deadline is December 31. Entries will be judged by a panel that includes Jeff Skoll, Christy Turlington-Burns, actor Ian Somerhalder, and Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell. The winning submissions will be screened — and the final winner selected — at an awards ceremony at Harvard College on February 22. Guidelines and entry requirements can be found here.

‘The Wolverine’ Claws Its Way To $14.4M Opening In China
Fox’s The Wolverine opened in China this weekend, taking $14.4M from Friday through Sunday. After four days in release, it had earned $18.3M through last night, according to FilmBizAsia. The film was No. 1 at the box office and outperformed 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which earned a total of $13.2M. The Wolverine was ahead of Donnie Yen’s new Chinese entry Special ID, which opened on Friday to $10.9M. Last week, magic/heist thriller Now You See Me was the top pic at the box office, but fell sharply in its second weekend, FBA said. Tsui Hark’s hot Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, is closing in on $98.5M and Huayi Brothers Media Corp said Monday that it was lowering its box office revenue share from 43% to 30% in an effort to get the film across the line. Read More »

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‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ Set For Dubai Debut

Mike Fleming

Dubai, UAE; November 14, 2011: Adrenaline, ambition and A-list star power will converge in one of the world’s fastest-rising cities next month, when the highly anticipated blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol debuts to the world as the opening film of the 8th Dubai International Film Festival on December 7, 2011.

Directed by Oscar® winner Brad Bird and featuring an all-star cast including Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux, the fourth installment in the mega-successful Mission: Impossible franchise has been described as the most inventive, action-filled and visually arresting yet.

Dubai will reprise its own starring role in the film when Cruise, Bird and the film’s co-stars take to the Festival’s opening night red carpet alongside the city’s leadership at the Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort – Dubai, home to the Dubai International Film Festival. Today’s joint announcement from Paramount Pictures and the Festival celebrates the Mission: Impossible team’s return to Dubai after extensive filming in the city, including shoots spanning its old town, downtown financial hub and offshore Palm island development.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: China, Dubai

By | Wednesday October 5, 2011 @ 3:00am PDT

Imax Expanding In China With Revenue-Sharing Deal
China will get 15 more Imax theaters under a revenue-sharing agreement between Imax and Korea’s CJ CGV Holdings. The first of the theaters will be installed this year, with the other 14 set for completion between 2013 and 2017. The agreement makes CJ CGV the second-largest Imax exhibitor in Asia and the fourth-largest in the world. “CJ CGV has proven an excellent exhibition partner for Imax in the Asia Pacific region, and we are delighted to continue working with them as they expand their network in China,” said Imax China’s recently hired CEO Jiande Chen. CJ CGV operates South Korea’s largest multiplex cinema chain with 655 screens at 81 sites nationwide.

Arab Spring Entries Flood In For Dubai Film Fest
This year the Dubai International Film Festival is sifting through a large selection of submissions that reflect the Arab Spring. The festival said that overall it received more than 1,700 shorts, features and documentaries from 106 countries. They include films from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria — all of which have been part of this year’s wave of demonstrations and uprisings in the Middle East. The largest contributor of films this year was India, followed by France, Iran, then Egypt and the U.S. Programmers will announce the final selection in the coming weeks. The Dubai fest is set to run Dec. 7-14.

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