US, Australian filmmakers die in helicopter crash (AP)

6 Feb

US, Australian filmmakers die in helicopter crash
Feb. 6, 2012 9:22 AM ET (AP)

Award-winning American cinematographer Mike deGruy and Australian television writer-producer Andrew Wight have died in a helicopter crash in eastern Australia, their employer National Geographic said.

Police said two people _ an Australian pilot and an American passenger _ died Saturday when their helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from an airstrip near Nowra, 97 miles (156 kilometers) south of Sydney, but did not immediately release the victims’ identities. Australia’s ABC News reported that Wight was piloting the helicopter when it crashed.

National Geographic and “Titanic” director James Cameron confirmed the victims’ identities in a joint statement Sunday that said “the deep-sea community lost two of its finest” with the deaths of the two underwater documentary specialists.

David Bennett, president of Australia’s South Coast Recreational Flying Club, said the pair had set off to film a



Michelle Yeoh calls Myanmar’s Suu Kyi her ‘hero’ (AP)

2 Feb

Michelle Yeoh calls Myanmar’s Suu Kyi her ‘hero’
Feb. 1, 2012 11:04 AM ET (AP)


Michelle Yeoh remembers her pride as a Southeast Asian youth when Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the actress thinks she’s the right person to portray the Myanmar democracy icon.

Suu Kyi “was fighting for democracy in a nonviolent way, where passion was the armor and love for liberty was the weapon,” Yeoh told The Associated Press.

“I’ve been in the business long enough to recognize what an amazing story that she has that we can tell,” she said. “If anybody should play her, it’s me.”

The 49-year-old Yeoh said Suu Kyi is a “very big hero” of hers and she was keen to play her as soon as she heard a film was being made about the life of the 1991 Nobel recipient.

“The Lady,” directed by Frenchman Luc Besson, was screened at international film festivals last year and opens in U.S. theaters next month.

Yeoh, a former Miss Malaysia, is


Kevin Bacon to FOX’s Serial Killer Pilot

2 Feb

Deadline has dropped some cool news on our laps this pilot season. Back in September we reported that

Kevin Williamson (creator; Scream, The Vampire Diaries) had sold a new project to FOX about “a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers.”

Apparently, Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First Class, Footloose, dozens of awesome movies) is going to star in this untitled pilot as the retired FBI profiler who’s caught in the middle of this killer’s nefarious schemes. Many are wondering why Bacon, who many execs have tried to nab for TV shows over the years, finally decided to give a series a shot. Well, if the series does manage to get picked up by FOX (it’s still just a pilot right now), Bacon will commit to starring in just 15 episodes – versus the regular 22 for a standard full season of network TV. Why? Well to lighten the load, allow him to do other film projects as they come up, and allow him to spend more time with his family.

This may also mean


Super Bowl Show: ‘No Nipples’ But Definitely In ‘Vogue’

31 Jan

Much ado has been made about Madonna performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show this Sunday — and about the kind of theatrics we may expect from the Material Girl.

At the least, we know that there will be no tributes to Janet Jackson. “For sure no nipples,” Madonna told Jay Leno Monday night, to whom she also admitted that it was “the most nerve-racking thing I’ve ever done.”

But if photographs snapped over the weekend of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis are any indication, the show looks like it will definitely be in “Vogue” — the words are clearly lit up from the floor panels .

An early leak in December indicated that the 53-year-old star and “W.E.” director would be performing a best-of set list that would include five songs, among them “Ray of Life,” “Music,” and, of course, “Vogue.” It is also reported that LFMAO and Nicki Minaj will be joining Madonna at the show.



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^ clearly lit up from


U.S. and UK Share Spotlight at Canada’s Strategic Partners Market

31 Jan

TORONTO – The Canadian co-production conference Strategic Partners is following the money as it chooses the U.S. as a focus country for its upcoming summer gathering for the third year running.

The U.S. will this year share the spotlight with Britain at the Halifax marketplace, organizers said Tuesday.

As multinational productions proliferate internationally, foreign producers are still turning to Hollywood to fill out budgets for indie projects.

“We have always had strong representation from these two regions at Strategic Partners, so engaging them as spotlight countries – and emphasizing the potential for co-venture/co-production between the U.K., the U.S.A., Canada, and the rest of the world – makes perfect sense,” Strategic Partners director Jan Miller said of choosing the U.S. and the UK as focus nations.

Strategic Partners is set to run from September 13 to 16 in Halifax, bridging the Toronto International Film Festival and the IFP Independent Filmmaker


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26 Jan