Israeli Company Prevented From Pitching at TV Market in Istanbul

One of Israeli’s prominent production companies was prevented from pitching their new reality TV formats at a television market in Istanbul this week. The pitching session at Discop Istanbul, a television industry market held in the Turkish city Feb. 24-26, was canceled after a panel of judges from mainly Arab nations in the Middle East, […]

Slain Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov’s Memorial March Covered by Russian State TV

Russian state television covered a mass public rally in Moscow on Sunday, held to remember the life of a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin with a degree of accuracy and sensitivity rarely seen by public broadcasters here in recent years. Tens of thousands of ordinary people turned out to pay their respects at the […]

Canadian Screen Awards: ‘Mommy’ Sweeps, John Cusack Nabs Acting Trophy

Xavier Dolan‘s French-language Mommy swept the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday night, as Quebec movies continue to dominate the country’s film awards. And John Cusack won for best film supporting actor in Toronto for his star-turn in David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars. Dolan’s family drama, which shared the Cannes Jury Prize and won for […]

Maggie Smith Plans to Leave ‘Downton Abbey’ After Next Season

The sixth season of Downton Abbey could be the last we see of the Dowager Countess of Grantham if Maggie Smith has her way.  In an interview with the Sunday Times, Smith, who recently turned 80, said that the next season will be her last, irrespective of the speculation of whether the sixth season will […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito re-team on Stage for Germany’s Golden Camera

They will soon be reunited on screen but Twins co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito took the opportunity to ham it up on stage in Germany this weekend. DeVito was a surprise guest at the Golden Camera awards, one of Germany’s top entertainment honors, taking the stage to present Schwarzenegger with a lifetime achievement honor. […]

China Lion to Release Andy Lau’s ‘Love and Lost’ in North America, Australia

China Lion has bought the rights for Love and Lost, written and directed by popular novelist Peng Sanyuan and starring Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, from IM Global for Australia, New Zealand and North America, and will release the film later this month. The film will open on March 19 in Australia and New Zealand […]

Eddie Redmayne Joins Voice Cast on ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ Film

Having already picked up an Oscar for his portrayal of a motor neuron disease-suffering scientist and currently filming his turn as a transgender artist, Eddie Redmayne will soon be making perhaps his most striking on-screen transformation. The British actor has lent his voice to the upcoming animated film based on the popular Thomas the Tank […]

Weakened BBC Would See "American Tastemakers" Dominate U.K., Chief Says

BBC director general Tony Hall said Monday that the U.K. public broadcaster must become an online “pioneer” to remain a key player  in the digital age, promising a “myBBC revolution.” In a speech delivered at the broadcaster’s central London headquarters, he also said: “The BBC is at a crossroads. Down one path lies a BBC […]

‘M:I5,’ ‘Exodus,’ ‘American Sniper’ Help Morocco to Record Spend From Foreign Productions

While the United Arab Emirates have attracted such productions as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Fast Furious 7, and Jordan is no doubt hoping the rumored Indiana Jones reboot will bring the franchise back to its shores, 2014 saw Morocco quietly underline its status as the Arab world’s most popular destination for international shoots. […]

Justin Bieber’s Birthday: Top 10 Roastable Bieber Bloopers

Justin Bieber will be celebrating his birthday a bit differently this year. Though the singer turns 21 years old on March 1, his birthday celebration won’t take place until the end of the month when Comedy Central gifts him with the much anticipated #BieberRoast. Bieber previously mentioned that he’d wanted Comedy Central to roast him for years, jokingly […]