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Global Showbiz Briefs: K5 & ‘Cutie’, ‘Khumba’, Monte Carlo TV Fest, RealD In Rio, ‘Shield Of Straw’, NBCU International, Pinewood Indomina, ITV & More

K5 In The Ring With ‘Cutie And The Boxer’
K5 International has boarded director Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie And The Boxer which is screening this week in Tribeca. Heinzerling won the U.S. Documentary directing prize in Sundance for the film which is his feature debut. The movie is a New York love story about life and art that explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife and artist Noriko. It will be released Stateside by Radius-TWC in August. King Records will distribute in Japan with Parco and Madman in Australia.

Steve Buscemi, Anika Noni Rose Join ‘Khumba’
South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has added the voice talent of Steve Buscemi and The Good Wife’s Anika Noni Rose to its 3D animated feature, Khumba. They join Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne, AnnaSophia Robb, Jake T. Austin, Loretta Devine and Richard E. Grant. Khumba tells the story of a half-striped Zebra who is blamed for a severe drought by his herd. He teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a self-obsessed ostrich to go in search of the magic waterhole where legend has it the first zebras got their stripes and meets an array of wacky characters on the adventure. Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has international sales. Millennium Entertainment will release in the U.S. later this year. Buscemi and Rose’s deals were brokered by WME and Ned Lott on behalf of Triggerfish Animation. Buscemi is also repped by The Gotham Group. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Game Of Thrones’ BitTorrent Record, Laurence Fishburne In ‘Khumba’, David Bortolucci & ‘Allure’ & More

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 9:00pm PDT

Game Of Thrones Breaks BitTorrent Piracy Record
Game Of Thrones debuted Sunday on HBO and began Monday night on the UK’s Sky Atlantic. The series hit a high with its third season premiere in the U.S., averaging 4.4M viewers, up 4% from GOT‘s previous series high posted by the second season finale. At the same time, however, the premiere broke the record for what TorrentFreak calls “the largest BitTorrent swarm ever.” According to the website, a few hours after the first torrent of the show was uploaded, the OpenBitTorrent tracker reported 163,088 people sharing one single torrent, 110,303 were sharing a complete copy of the torrent and 52,786 were still downloading. The previous record was held by Heroes. Yesterday, TorrentFreak estimated the GOT episode had been downloaded over a million times and expects it to be the most downloaded TV-show of the year, much as it was last year. Pirates in the U.S. were the most active downloaders followed by the UK and Australia.

Laurence Fishburne Joins Khumba Voice Cast
South Africa-based Triggerfish Animation Studios has added Laurence Fishburne to the voice cast of 3D animated feature Khumba. Fishburne joins Liam Neeson, AnnaSophia Robb, Jake T. Austin, Loretta Devine and Richard E. Grant in the story of a plucky half-striped Zebra who’s blamed for a drought by his superstitious herd and meets a wacky group of characters … Read More »

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