Elena Ora - Rita Ora arrives home for Christmas, on a flight from Hong Kong, with her sister Elena Ora. Ria was wearing a Bape camouflage tracksuit, with a scary face printed on the crotch. The two sisters looked tired, but were in very good spirits as they made their way through the terminal, wishing snappers a Merry Christmas - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 24th December 2015
With China opening an average of nine new movie theaters every day and now boasting the second-largest box-office market in the world, the country has become a powerhouse in the movie industry. But several filmmakers, speaking to the Xinhua news service at the close of the Toronto Film Festival have remarked that the next step for them is to have their films distributed overseas to compete with Hollywood product. Shan Tam, a Canadian who produced the hit film Finding Mr. Right in Chinese -- it topped the Chinese box office for four consecutive weeks in March and April -- told The Wire service that the cultural barrier is undeniable and that stories that find a wide reception in China can be vastly different from those that work internationally. But Hong Kong director Peter Ho-sun Chan maintained that the Chinese audience's tastes are shifting from traditional martial arts epics to films that speak about current social issues. It means that the audience, even the society, has matured to an extent where they like to ... look at themselves on the big screen and be able to find answers about life, he said.
Within five years the Chinese box office will equal that of the United States, according to Yu Dong, founder and chairman of Bona Film Group, China's largest privately owned film distributor. In an interview with China's Xinhua news service, Yu predicted that total ticket sales will hit $$10 billion by 2018. China is engaging in a colossal cinema construction program that will include the opening of 45 new IMAX theaters by the end of this year. Speaking at the opening of the Shanghai Film Festival over the weekend, Chen Jiande, CEO of IMAX China observed that while technology is an important force in the further development of the film industry in China, the industry can't rely merely on technology to bring audiences into theaters. We hope a few more outstanding Chinese films will emerge, he said. And Hong Kong director Tsui Hark observed that if films made in China are to become successful internationally they must feature a good story and common feelings of human beings. Ironically, Tsui is principally known for his intricate special-effects work.
Hong Kong director Peter Chan's American Dreams in China has held on to the box-office crown in China for the second week in a row, earning $34.1 million, according to China Film News. That would be almost twice what it earned on its opening weekend. But while Dreams increased its business, ticket sales for Iron Man 3 plummeted. In its fifth week, the Disney/Marvel blockbusters brought in just $7.3 million in China, placing second, as some moviegoers complained that the addition of four minutes of scenes especially for the Chinese market amounted to pandering. Dreams has also not screened without controversy. While some reviewers in China described the drama -- about three young entrepreneurs who strike it rich by opening a service teaching English -- as aspirational and calculated to avoid offending authorities, others have called it contrived and capitalist propaganda.
Underscoring the massive growth of the film and television businesses in China, the Motion Picture Assn. and the China Film Distributors and Exhibitors Assn. released a study on Monday indicating that those businesses generated $15.5 billion in revenue, supporting some 900,000 jobs in 2011. Of 74 feature film co-productions, 70 percent represented partnerships between Chinese and Hong Kong producers. Co-productions between China and Hollywood represented only 10 percent. Of particular importance to U.S. studios was the conclusion that sales of movie tickets in Chin a climbed 31 percent from 2011 to 2012 to $2.74 billion and were up nearly 500 percent from 2006. During the same period, U.S. ticket sales have remained virtually stagnant.
In the latest shakeup in early-morning television, CBS has booted Erica Hill off CBS This Morning and has announced that she'll be replaced by Norah O'Donnell, currently CBS News' chief White House correspondent. In a statement, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said, "This is a very exciting development for our morning program and for all of CBS News. Norah is an accomplished reporter with all the skills for the job. She's a hard worker who knows her story and, as she has shown time after time at the White House, she can think on her feet on live television." CBS This Morning remains the lowest-rated of the three network morning shows. In January, CBS revamped the program, bringing in Charlie Rose and Gayle Kong to co-anchor it with Hill, who was then one of the few holdovers from the previous iteration, The Early Show. In its statement today, the network said that Hill "is in discussions regarding a new role."
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Andy Serkis is to reprise his role as revolutionary chimpanzee Caesar in a sequel to 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'.
The 47-year-old actor has signed up to reprise his role as chimpanzee Caesar - who he portrays via motion capture technology - in the Fox movie, according to The Wrap.
Director Rupert Wyatt - who had an option in his original contract to return for a sequel - is also coming back for the project along with writers and producers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
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Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, and Katy Perry songs are all included on a list of 100 tracks banned in China.
The Asian country's ministry of culture has deemed 100 tracks by artists unsuitable for its citizens telling websites selling and streaming them both legally and illegally to remove them before September 15 or face prosecution.
The ministry follows guidelines to ensure tracks are not in "poor taste and vulgar content," and claims the songs on its latest list have not been submitted for approval, which has to be done by the song's writer themselves.
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Naomi Watts will star in Clint Eastwood's biopic of FBI director John Edgar Hoover playing his secretary opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
The Australian actress will star as the FBI director John Edgar Hoover's secretary of 54 years Helen Gandy, who after his death destroyed his personal file containing incriminating material that he used to control powerful political figures.
Although Naomi, 42, was studio bosses' first choice for the role, feared schedule conflicts meant Charlize Theron was considered to step in - but she instead accepted the role of the Evil Queen in 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and is also rumoured to be case in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'.
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British actor Simon Pegg has revealed he recently played a trick on this twitter followers and pretended he had been abducted by aliens.
Simon Pegg is a paranormal prankster.
The 'Shaun Of The Dead' star revealed he recently confused a whole host of his twitter followers by pretending he had been abducted by aliens that were living in his loft.
He explained: "I tweeted one morning that my attic was open and I didn't know why. I did know why, it was a faulty catch. Everyone was going, 'Oh, that's really creepy'. So then I started to lie. I tweeted that my dog was sitting underneath it barking.
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Alex Reid has broken his plan to stop having sex with Katie Price for four weeks prior to his big fight next month.
Alex Reid has broken his sex ban with Katie Price
The cage-fighter - who is has a bout with Tom Kong Watson coming up next month - admits he had to break the rules after he and his wife were reunited following some time apart.
He said: "I said last week that I like to give up sex for four weeks before a fight but that would be since the weekend gone, and - as we were both away last week - we had to break the rules when we got back!
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