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Well Go USA Acquires Taiwan’s Oscar Entry ‘Touch Of The Light’

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 2:50am PST

Hong Kong/Amsterdam (December 10, 2012) – Following its powerful release in Taiwan (US$2 million box office thru Warner Brothers), its numerous awards and a successful group of prestigious festival presentations including being the opening film of the just concluded 2012 Marrakesh International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortissimo Films that Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to TOUCH OF THE LIGHT, Taiwan’s official entry this year for the Academy Awards® foreign language category.

The film is presented by Wong Kar Wai and is a Block 2 and Sil Metropole Limited presentation of a Jet Tone Films and Sil-Metropole Organization Limited Production. Produced by Jacky Pang Yee-Wah and Cheung Hong-Tat, with Chan Ye-Cheng and Song Dai serving as Executive Producers. The film is the debut feature of award winning short filmmaker Chang Jung-Chi. Based on true events related to the life of Taiwan’s young, blind piano prodigy HUANG Yu-Hsiang (played by himself), the film is a story of inspiration, discovery and love. The film also stars Sandrine PINNA, and LEE Leih.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Everybody Dance’ Trips, Steve Coogan Returns, Cineworld Up

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 9:01pm PDT

‘Everybody Dance Now’ Stumbles But Murdochs Keep Music Playing
Everybody Dance Now, a new Australian series hosted by Lachlan Murdoch’s wife Sarah Murdoch and featuring American “dance masters” Kelly Rowland and Jason Derülo, has stumbled badly on Network Ten, whose chairman is … Lachlan Murdoch. The Sunday night premiere averaged just 598,000 viewers against Nine’s debuting Big Brother and local crime series Underbelly: Badness. The audience dropped to 304,000 for the second episode on Monday night. Ten insists it’s sticking with the show produced by FremantleMedia Australia, although it’s been cut back to one hour on Sunday nights from three hours over two nights. Offering more than $A450,000 ($472,000) in prizes, the show aims to find the most entertaining dance act in Oz.  - Don Groves

Alan Partridge Returns To UK TV Ahead Of Big Screen Debut
Funnyman Steve Coogan is bringing his signature character, Alan Partridge, back to UK television audiences next year via Sky Atlantic. The show, Mid Morning Matters 2, follows a first series that was aired on Sky Atlantic this year. It sees the hapless, politically incorrect radio presenter working at a shabby radio station in North Norfolk, England. Filming has begun on the series that’s produced by Coogan and Veep’s Armando Iannucci along with Baby Cow chief exec Henry Normal. There’s an Alan Partridge feature in the works that starts shooting in January for an August 16, 2013 UK release which StudioCanal is handling. Coogan and Iannucci penned that script with frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Peter Baynham and Neil and Rob Gibbons. Declan Lowney is directing. Read More »

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Netflix, Fortissimo Pact To Bring Arthouse Titles To U.S. Customers

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 2:54am PDT

Netflix is partnering with indie sales outfit Fortissimo Films to offer more than 60 titles via its U.S. service. Starting in September, arthouse pics from directors including Jiang Wen, Clara Law and Mika Kaurismaki will become available. While some of the features may be a bit obscure for U.S. audiences, many are awards winners from the international festival circuit including Jiang’s 2000 film Devils On The Doorstep, a story set during the Japanese occupation of China which won the Grand Jury prize in Cannes that year. The deal also includes the 1999 pic Goddess Of 1967 which brought Rose Byrne a Best Actress prize in Venice. Fortissimo has a library of about 300 features and the deal is its first move into the digital streaming space.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Japan, Canada, Vietnam

By | Thursday September 1, 2011 @ 3:00am PDT

Howard Stringer: Sony Will Overtake The iPad With Content
A rival has revolutionized the mobile computer industry and Sony hasn’t had a device catch on big with consumers in years. But worried? Not Sony, not if you believe CEO Howard Stringer. “Yes, yes, Apple makes an iPad, but does it make a movie?” he said at a Berlin electronics show today. “We will prove that it’s not who makes the tablet first who counts but who makes it better.” Stringer unveiled its two tablet models, priced at $599 and $499, about the same price as an Apple 2. But analysts and technology reviewers’ first impresssions were largely negative.  Also today, Sony announced in Tokyo that it will merge its liquid-crystal display manufacturing efforts with Toshiba and Hitachi and use $2.6B of government-backed funds to fend off competitors in Korea and Taiwan. The merged entity will be the world’s largest maker of the LCD panels used in smartphones and tablet PCs.

‘The Kennedys’ Takes Acting Prizes At Canada’s Geminis
It may have struggled to find a buyer in the U.S. and drawn fire from both ends of the political spectrum, but the controversial miniseries The Kennedys was a winner tonight in Toronto at the Gemini Awards, Canada’s top TV honors. Barry Pepper won for lead actor for his role as Bobby Kennedy and Diana Hardcastle won supporting actress for her role as matriarch Rose Kennedy. The Pillars of the Earth was named the top TV movie or mini. The Jason Priestly comedy Call Me Fitz won for direction (Scott Smith), supporting actor (Ernie Grunwald), supporting actress (Rachel Blanchard) and writing (Pat Bullard).

Hulu Rolls Out Subscription Video Service In Japan
Streaming entertainment site Hulu is on the auction block, but that isn’t stopping it from making its first international foray. The company said today that Japanese audiences are “passionate about premium video content” and that the country is a “major producer of world-class TV and feature films.” Japan’s extensive broadband coverage and Read More »

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Well Go Acquires Takashi Shimizu Horror Pics ‘Tormented’ & ‘The Shock Labyrinth’

By | Monday August 29, 2011 @ 10:21am PDT

PLANO, TEXAS (August 29, 2011) — Well Go USA has preemptively acquired all North American distribution rights including theatrical, DVD, Digital, VOD and Television to the upcoming 3D horror thriller TORMENTED from Hong Kong/Netherlands-based Fortissimo Films. They have simultaneously also acquired all rights to the 2010 horror classic THE SHOCK LABYRINTH. Both films were directed by edgy auteur Takashi Shimizu, best known for the original 2002 Japanese hit The Grudge (Juon) and the 2003 sequel The Grudge 2 (Juon 2) as well as the US remakes of both films. The original film and the English language remakes grossed over $270 million worldwide.

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