China/Hollywood in Asia/Distrib'n ban
"Happyness" given Chinese release slot
State decision seen as tactical way of refuting Hollywood film ban. Pic to release in digital cinemas only.
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Regulation/Censorship
Thailand passes controversial Film Act
Law introduces complex new certification system, allows Police supervision of censorship process.
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Thailand passes controversial Film Act

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TODAY'S OTHER NEWS
China/Olympics/Internet
CCTV.com gets rights to Olympics
Chinese state-owned network to host online coverage.
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Japan/B.O./H'w'd in Asia
"Pirates" tops 2007 Japan foreign B.O.
"Harry Potter" and "Spider-Man 3" take second and third spots.
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Korea/Piracy/Film
Piracy on the rise in Korea
Film industry losses at $1 billion in 2007.
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Korea/People
CJ names Kim to head international business
Exec replaces Shin as departments are merged into a single division.
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Japan/Exhibition
Japanese multiplex operators link
T-Joy, Tokyu, United, Warner Mycal in pact.
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China/Premiere
Chinese crowds gather for "Assembly"
Feng latest war epic debut on largest movie screen in country for 10,000 auds.
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Copyright infringement
Yahoo liable in China copyright case
Court upheld conviction that web service assisted in infringement.
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China/Sports
Olympics shorts to screen in January
Five-minute films make up†the "Vision Beijing" series.
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People/Talent management
Chopra makes deal with ICM
Indian filmmaker signs with agency for all areas of representation.
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TV/Conventions
Japan set for MIP-TV honors
Country of anime to be featured at upcoming trade show.
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TV sales/Korea
Neptuno signs deal with Korean C4U
Barcelona-based company to sell "The Gloops" and "Zoomix."
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India/Animation
Thomson enters Indian alliance
Technicolor and DreamWorks to expand Paprikaas Studios.
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Thailand/Corruption
Siriwan resigns PPP post after bribery accusations
Former BKKIFF prexy maintains innocence over corruption scandal.
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Hong Kong/Disneyland/Park
Hong Kong Disneyland steers new attractions
Troubled theme park announces four new initiatives for next year.
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STAR TV/India/Mobile
STAR India signs mobile deal with Airtel
Companies to work together on new music promotion and interactive services.
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Hong Kong/TV/Hi-def
National Geographic HD lands in HK
First documentary high-def channel launched on now TV.
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Corruption/H'w'd in Asia/BKKIFF
Gerald Green arrested over Bangkok fest
Movie exec accused of corruption to secure contracts from Thai fest.
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Hong Kong/Film/Funding
Hong Kong's FDC ready to greenlight projects
Applications received from recently formed Council to be vetted this week.
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Japan/Film/Awards
"Tokyo Tower" leads Japan Awards race
Matsuoka pic nabs 13 nods including best pic, director and actors.
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China/Film/Production
Feng returns to comedy with "Nobles"
"Assembly"†helmer to direct film on nouveau riche.
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Japan/Toho/B.O.
Toho unveils 2008 slate, 2007 results
Miyazaki's latest among 27 pics announced, gets summer bow.
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China/Funds/Bond
China Film Group to bond for funds
Chinese state-owned film†org raises†capital before public listing.
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Indonesia/Festival/Awards
Jakarta film fest chooses "Forever"
Riri Riza's pic named best Indonesian film, Mizwar named best director.
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Film/Review/Documentary
"Fairytale of Kathmandu"
A provocative docu in both content and technique about a Gaelic poet.
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