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Asian stock markets soar amid US rescue talks

Asian stock markets soared today as a news of a US government plan to rescue banks from risky mortgage debt brought hope of a let-up in the world’s worst financial crisis in decades.

 

EA set for Asian online push

Business News: Gaming giant expands reach -- Games giant Electronic Arts aims to have 12 games online by the end of the year and also intends to expand soccer game "FIFA 2" to five new foreign territories.

 

Hollywood Interactive finds funding

Business News: Rivers duo to cover Emmy red carpet online -- Hollywood Interactive Group has announced the acquisition of $5 million in venture capital funding, while also securing Joan and Melissa Rivers for red-carpet Emmy coverage on its MyHollywood.com website.

 

Hader, Faris spice up 'Meatballs'

Film News: Caan, Mr. T round out 3-D project -- Bill Hader and Anna Faris have signed on to voice the lead characters of Sony Pictures Animation's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."

 

Eric Roth rides to New Regency

Film News: Exec tapped as exec VP of business affairs -- New Regency has tapped former Weinstein Co. exec Eric Roth as executive VP of business affairs.

 

Tokyo Film Festival unveils lineup

Film News: Four films to world premiere in competition -- The 21st Tokyo Film Festival unveiled its lineup Thursday, including four world preems in the competition section: Ivy Ho's helming debut "Claustrophobia, " Feng Xiaoning's disaster pic "Super Typhoon, " thesp Atsuro Watabe's helming debut "Echo of Silence" and Tetsu Maeda's school drama "School Days With a Pig."

 

Jaime Rosales tackles weighty issues

Film News: Goya winner and rising star upsets status quo -- If a cinema star's been born this year in Spain, it's director Jaime Rosales.

 

Groups sue Trade Representative

Business News: 'Property enforcement treaty' being questioned -- A pair of public interest groups have filed suit against the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to force disclosure of details about a "secret intellectual property enforcement treaty" that the Bush administration is currently negotiating with numerous countries.

 

SAG power shifts

Business News: Unite for Strength gains control of union board -- Dissidents have won control of SAG's national board in a surprise result that heightens the chances of an end to the guild's contract stalemate with the majors.

 

NATAS circles grow

Film News: Donahue, Bergen, Williams honored -- The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest chapter, has inducted six new members into its prestigious gold and silver circles.

 

San Sebastian fest boosts niche biz

Film News: Event serves up specialty film players, initiatives -- When the charmingly humble Mahmoud al Massad presented a rough cut of "Recycle" at San Sebastian's Cinema in Motion last year, he was an almost totally unknown director.

 

Stars, bizzers head to San Sebastian

Film News: Celebs to see and industry events to attend -- Normally low on glamour, San Sebastian has turned up its own star quotient a few watts. "Tropic Thunder" will be tubthumped by Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., while Meryl Streep and homeboy Antonio Banderas are being honored with Donostia Awards.

 

Galicians on parade at San Sebastian

Film News: Region will have strong presence at film fest -- Producers and companies from the region of Galicia will be out in force at the 56th San Sebastian Festival, a crossroads between Spain and Latin America. For the first time, the Galician Audiovisual Consortium will run a stand at San Sebastian's Sales Office film market.

 

Modest players pack multiplexes

Film News: Full frame vie for weekend box office -- After last weekend’s box office boom -- led by the Coen brothers’ "Burn After Reading" -- this weekend could prove a lull as several new modest players make their play before action-thriller "Eagle Eye" debuts a week from now. (Kate Hudson, right, stars in "My Best Friend's Girl")

 

Televisa, Univision trial postponed

Business News: Royalty case delayed for scheduling reasons -- The court faceoff between Mexican media conglom Televisa and U.S. Hispanic giant Univision Communications has been moved yet again -- this time to Dec. 2.

 

Galicia's film biz goes global

Film News: Spanish org extends co-production reach -- Some 2.7 million people live in Galicia; an estimated 10 million Galician emigres are spread worldwide and continue to maintain strong homeland links. Up to 1 million Gallegos dwell in Buenos Aires alone, endowing Galician cultural heritage with a fascinating mix of tango and bagpipes.

 

IFP grants, awards go to filmmakers

Film News: Org delivers indie awards on Sept. 18 -- The IFP gave out $130, 000 in grants and in-kind awards were handed out Sept. 18 at the annual Independent Filmmaker Awards ceremony.

 

'Fiction' heads into eighth season

Film News: Slate packed with Toronto documentaries -- IFC’s “Stranger Than Fiction” documentary series is heads into its eighth season with a slate packed with docus from Toronto.

 

IFC enters six in Fantastic Fest

Film News: Trio will be released simultaneously on VOD -- IFC has six films at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, including two North American preems and three pics that will be released simultaneously on video-on-demand and at the cinema through IFC’s In Theaters program.

 

Foreign Oscar submissions pile up

Film News: Oct. 1 deadline has countries unloading pics -- With the Oct. 1 deadline for foreign-language Oscar submissions looming, a slew of countries unveiled their choices this week.

 

Report: A-Rod, Wife Reach Divorce Settlement

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and wife Cynthia have settled their multimillion-dollar divorce case, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

 

Briefs: Steelers' Farrior fined $7.5K for obscene gesture

Thursday's NFL news briefs: Steelers linebacker James Farrior was fined $7, 500 by the league for making an obscene gesture toward Browns fans Sunday night.

 

Grateful Dead to play for Obama

Music News: Band set to perform at candidate's fundraiser -- The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign has confirmed a long-rumored fundraising concert that will include four remaining members of the Grateful Dead at Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Center.

 

Bierman boosted at Warner Premiere

Film News: Exec promoted to senior VP of production -- Matt Bierman has been elevated to senior VP of production for Warner Premiere, studio's direct-to-disc arm.

 

Bierman boosted at Warner Premiere

Business News: Exec promoted to senior VP of production -- Matt Bierman has been elevated to senior VP of production for Warner Premiere, studio's direct-to-disc arm.

 

David Stone rocks Buena Vista

Film News: Exec named VP of development -- Disney's Buena Vista Prods. has named David Stone VP of development, focusing on nonscripted programming.

 

David Stone rocks Buena Vista

Business News: Exec named VP of development -- Disney's Buena Vista Prods. has named David Stone VP of development, focusing on nonscripted programming.

 

Abu Dhabi unveils lineup

Film News: Emphasis on socially conscious filmmaking -- Abu Dhabi's second Middle East Film Festival will open Oct. 10 with Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom, " starring Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody and close Oct. 19 with Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies, " starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.

 

Google CEO won't delay Yahoo deal

Business News: Duo wants to go forward with ad partnership -- Google Inc.'s chief executive said Wednesday the Internet search leader won't delay its proposed advertising partnership with rival Yahoo Inc. even if government regulators need more time to assess whether the alliance will diminish competition.

 

Luc Besson launches Blue

Film News: Company to produce 'advertainment' -- Helmer-producer Luc Besson is teaming up with advertising exec Christophe Lambert to launch Blue, Gaul’s first shingle devoted to “advertainment” — a blend of entertainment and advertising.

 

Manaki to honor Mosfilm boss

Film News: Shakhnazarov to receive Golden Camera 300 -- The head of Russia’s top moviemaking complex, Mosfilm Studios, is to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at Macedonia’s 29th International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, which opens next week.

 

Albert Espinosa to direct '5th Floor'

Film News: Film is sequel to Antonio Mercero's hit -- Playwright-turned-director Albert Espinosa will helm “5th Floor, ” a sequel to Antonio Mercero’s B.O. hit “4th Floor, ” which the pair co-wrote. Pic rolls February.

 

MTV launches Czech service

Music News: CME has option to distribute in Slovakia -- A localized version of MTV is to bow in the Czech Republic next year.

 

Atlético await Forlán prognosis

Atlético await Forlán prognosis

Club Atlético de Madrid suffered a UEFA Champions League hangover following Tuesday's 3-0 win at PSV Eindhoven with news that striker Diego Forlán could be out for six weeks with a thigh injury.

 

'Women' share a common thread

Film News: New film proves fashion is forever -- Husband snatching, malicious gossip and fashion are staples in "The Women, " whether it is the 1939 George Cukor classic, the 2001 Broadway play or Diane English's current adaptation. The ladies steal, scheme and dress to kill, and fabulous clothes have always played a major role.

 

Keira Knightley tops 'Last Night' cast

Film News: Scribe Massy Tadjedin making directorial debut -- Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington and Guillaume Canet are set to star in "Last Night." Pic marks the feature directing debut of Massy Tadjedin, who wrote the script.

 

Johnson takes trip to 'Tomorrowland'

Film News: Segment of Disneyland gets 'Pirates' treatment -- After turning the theme park ride "Pirates of the Caribbean" into a blockbuster film trilogy, Disney is circling an entire segment of its theme park — Tomorrowland — as inspiration for a space movie that will star Dwayne Johnson.

 

Levy sets up 'Neighborhood Watch'

Film News: Jared Stern to write Fox's ensemble comedy -- Shawn Levy's 21 Laps has set up the ensemble comedy "Neighborhood Watch" at 20th Century Fox as a potential directing vehicle for Levy.

 

Blink Wink Prods. names new exec

Business News: Verbinski hires Nils Peyron to manage co. -- Gore Verbinski has hired Nils Peyron to be executive vice president and managing partner of Blind Wink Prods., the director's newly formed shingle.

 

Marc Provissiero exits William Morris

Business News: Agent brings Astrof, Nelli to new production co. -- William Morris agent Marc Provissiero has ankled the tenpercentery to form his own management/production shingle.

 

Execs cautious in Wall Street's wake

Business News: Murdoch, other chiefs discuss economic woes -- Times are so tough, even Rupert Murdoch has sworn off deal-making.

 

Korean pic reborn as TV series

Film News: 'Tazza' star Cho replaced by Jang -- The 2006 Korean hit movie "Tazza" has been remade as a TV series for broadcaster SBS.

 

Hong Kong gaming profits up

Business News: GfK predicts market to hit $72 mil in 2008 -- Market research giant GfK forecasts that the retail value of Hong Kong's game software market will hit USD72 million in 2008.

 

'Bell,' 'Girl' tie for Humanitas award

Film News: Harwood, Oliver to share $10, 000 prize -- "Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Lars and the Real Girl" tied for the top feature film honor at the Humanitas awards, presented Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

 

Zurich fest's profile continues to rise

Film News: Ambitious event offers int'l platform for smaller pics -- In its fourth year, the Zurich Film Festival's ambitions -- looking to become the Sundance of Europe and increase its impact on the German film world -- are well on the way to being realized.

 

Fest fetes Stallone as modern film Icon

Film News: Sly's impacted both indies and the box office -- When Sylvester Stallone receives the inaugural Golden Icon Award at this year's Zurich fest on Sept. 26, it won't be the first film fest recognition of his impact on film culture, merely the latest.

 

Zurich sidebar puts focus on region

Film News: New program spotlights German-language films -- The Zurich Film Festival's new Panorama D program aims to showcase German-language films and also shore up the fest's growing rep as the hot place for local pics.

 

Soderbergh, Douglas do Liberace

Film News: Bob Schieffer celebrates release of 'America' -- STEVEN SODERBERGH, recently announced that he is in talks to cast Michael Douglas, as well as Matt Damon, in a film about the one and only Liberace. Michael would play the man who did his flamboyant piano-best surrounded by candelabras.

 

Swiss bank on film industry growth

Film News: Gov't offers coin for foreign distribs, local projects -- While Swiss cinema hasn't been able to match the huge success of 2006, when hit comedy "Die Herbstzeitlosen" (Late Bloomers) and drama "Vitus" dominated the local B.O., there is still plenty of hope riding on the country's new crop of homegrown pics and co-productions.

 

Danish Film Institute starts Rafilm

Film News: Org joins trend of funding lower-budget films -- In order to make cheaper features, the Danish Film Institute has started a fund called Rafilm (Raw Film). Money will only go to films costing less than $2 million, and films won't have to reach more than 75, 000 admissions.

 
Last world news

Wenger confident of reaching semis

Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal will have to be “on their toes” to see off the challenge of Villarreal at Emirates Stadium next week, but remains confident his side’s determination will see the Gunners through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

 

Ryan pays as McLaren take action

McLaren have moved to appease world motor sport’s governing body by sacking long-serving employee Dave Ryan over his role in Lewis Hamilton’s exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix.

 

Terry unworried by card tally

John Terry insists he will not be worried about a potential suspension when he leads Chelsea out to face Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tonight.

 

Benitez fans flames in Fergie row

Rafael Benitez insists he does not care if his war of words with Alex Ferguson continues to grab
the spotlight.

 

Edu calls for triumph in adversity

Maurice Edu admits it would be easy for Rangers to throw in the towel and blame a turbulent season for not winning the title.

 

Strachan issues title warning

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has warned his players to expect all their facets to be tested during the title run-in.

 

Hughes boosted by Petrov return

Martin Petrov could return for Manchester City in tomorrow’s UEFA Cup quarter-final with Hamburg.

 

Woods in bullish mood

Defending Masters champion Trevor Immelman says of Tiger Woods: “Whether he’s human or not is still up for debate.”

 

Derry City still top of league after 3-0 win

Derry City remain top of the League of Ireland Premier Division this morning after a 3-0 win over St Pat's at Richmond Park last night.

 

Harrington begins final preparations for US Masters

Padraig Harrington is beginning final preparations for his quest for a third Major victory in Augusta this weekend.

 
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