The British government has announced plans to extend by six months the £500M ($698M) Film & TV Production Restart Scheme, which is offering a substitute to coronavirus insurance for UK shoots. The insurance scheme is considered a world-leading intervention, which has helped give producers the confidence to return to production. It will be extended until the end of December, meaning it will capture the glut of summer shoots. Sky/FX comedy Breeders is one of the 160 productions to have taken advantage of the initiative, and the government has claimed that it has protected nearly 20,000 jobs. Feature Boxing Day has also used the scheme. The extension was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Budget on Wednesday. Commenting on the scheme last month, he said: “Tens of thousands of jobs in our Film & TV sector have already been protected by the Production Restart Scheme. The sector is not only a national treasure, but also a significant driver of our … [Read more...] about UK Government Extends $698M Covid Production Insurance Scheme By Six Months
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Zack Snyder will be given the first-ever Valiant Award at the 4th Annual Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards ceremony on Friday. Snyder, who helmed Man of Steel , Batman v Superman , and the upcoming Zack Snyder's Justice League , is being honored for how he and his wife Deborah responded to the death of their daughter by suicide in March 2017. At the time, Zack Snyder stepped down from his directing duties on Justice League and the pair have since worked to raise money to help prevent others from experiencing the same pain. "As a fan of Synder's ever since Dawn of the Dead , I couldn't be happier that we will be acknowledging his visionary filmmaking and resilience to overcome any obstacles," HCA chair Scott Menzel said in a statement on Wednesday. RELATED: Army of the Dead Footage Showcases Zack Snyder's First Time Out as a Cinematographer In a statement of her own, HCA chair Ashley Menzel added: "As someone whose own life was impacted due to suicide, I was … [Read more...] about Zack Snyder to Receive First-Ever Valiant Award from Hollywood Critics Association
EXCLUSIVE: Suraj Sharma ( Life Of Pi ) has landed the lead opposite Pallavi Sharda ( Lion ) in Wedding Season , the Netflix comedy being directed by Tom Dey ( Shanghai Noon ). Unable to escape the pressure of her immigrant parents to find a spouse, Asha Maurya (Pallavi Sharda) teams up with bachelor Ravi Shah (Suraj Sharma) to get their extended South Asian family off their backs. The duo pretends to date in order to survive a summer of weddings, only to find themselves falling for each other as they struggle to balance who they are with who their parents want them to be. Shooting is scheduled to start in April in Toronto. Imagine Entertainment’s Swati Shetty and Emily In Paris outfit Jax Media are producing for Netflix. Shiwani Srivastava wrote the screenplay. Suraj is repped at CAA, Echo Lake Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. … [Read more...] about ‘Life Of Pi’ Actor Suraj Sharma To Star With Pallavi Sharda In Netflix Pic ‘Wedding Season’
The mistreatment and persecution of the LGBTQ community in Chechnya has been an ongoing issue, but in March 2017 a glaring spotlight was put on the Russian republic as reports of gay and bisexual men being abducted, tortured, beaten and even killed at the hands of authorities started coming to the forefront. Oscar-nominated director David France did not waste any time in deciding to confront this issue head-on with the documentary Welcome to Chechnya , which debuts June 30 on HBO . In a place where there are no protections for those in the LGBTQ community and where they are openly mistreated and oppressed, France already had a volatile landscape to navigate. In the documentary, he follows a group of undercover activists in Chechnya who risk their lives to rescue victims and provide them with safe houses and visa assistance to escape an oppressive system. We are introduced David Isteev, the Crisis Response Coordinator for the nation-wide Russian LGBT Network as well as Olga … [Read more...] about ‘Welcome To Chechnya’ Director David France Talks Dangerous Risks And Lifesaving Hope Of LGBTQ Docu
The Super Mario Bros. animated movie has been confirmed for 2022. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is a producer on the highly anticipated project. In addition to the new Mario news, Nintendo has also revealed plans to extend their "visual content" over the next few years, which is giving fans hope for a project involving The Legend of Zelda . According to a new business report from Nintendo, the Super Mario animated movie's production is moving along "smoothly," and they're looking to expand. You can read a portion of the report below. "Another way we are delivering Nintendo entertainment to a wider audience is with the Super Mario CG-animated movie, which is scheduled for theatrical release in 2022. Production is moving ahead smoothly, thanks to the collaboration between Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, known for the Minions movies, and Nintendo's Representative Director and Fellow, Shigeru Miyamoto, who is serving as co-producer. The movie will be … [Read more...] about Super Mario Animated Movie Gets 2022 Release Date, Is The Legend of Zelda Next?