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Asian Film Business Likely to Keep Sex Violence Problems Under Wraps

Asian Film Business Likely to Keep Sex Violence Problems Under Wraps
Sexual harassment and assault are not limited to Hollywood. Rumors and vague accounts of aspiring actresses being preyed upon have circulated in Asian showbiz for years. But it is highly unlikely that Asian actresses will come forward in the way that their Western counterparts have done following the explosion of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Asia’s relatively conservative attitude towards sex, the fear of consequences that could jeopardize the lives of their families as well as careers, and public judgment are reasons that stop abuse victims in the Asian entertainment business from coming forward, industry insiders say.

Candice Yu, executive secretary of Hong Kong Performing Artistes’ Guild, said that her organization has not received such complaints since she took over the position two years ago. But she does not deny such situations exist.

“People are much more reserved and conservative here in China or Asia. People are afraid of the consequences, such as losing their career,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Project of the Day: 'Public Sex, Private Lives'

Project of the Day: 'Public Sex, Private Lives'
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Public Sex, Private Lives" Tweetable Logline: Public Sex, Private Lives is an intimate look at the lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love. Elevator Pitch: Public Sex, Private Lives is an intimate look at the professional and private lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love. Capturing both joy and struggle, this film follows the characters as they navigate their lives as artists, daughters, mothers, writers, and women who have made careers in the adult industry. Asked to defend their choices to their families, communities, and even the United States Government, these women reckon with their past decisions and shifting visions for the future.
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Chris Jones, the film-maker who likes to say cut

A 'guerrilla film-maker' has leapt into the spotlight to accuse British films of 'frittering' away money. His targets are dubious

Such is the pace at which we're speeding into the new age of austerity, it's easy to miss much of the scenery along the way. And yet I couldn't help but pause for thought last weekend at the recent holding forth of "guerrilla filmmaker" Chris Jones, who announced in the Observer that the real problem with British film was its "frittering" away of vast sums of money on impossibly expensive productions that then fail to find two paying customers to rub together. Bold words – and more than slightly suspect ones.

Because to me, just as the feeling lingers that the coalition's first wave of cuts has been informed less by fine-tuned economic policy than the urge to squash things they don't like, Jones's comments seem to be not so much
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Robert Pattinson once tried out for role in sex film (IrishCentral)

Life hasn’t always been as rosy for the “Twilight” sensation as it is right now. Just two years ago Robert Pattinson auditioned for a role in a seedy comedy called “Dogging: a Love Story,” according to British paper the Daily Star. And he didn’t even get the part. The movie is about a journalist who uncovers a community of fun-lovers in the North of England that like to have sex in cars, in full view of each other. The journalist character decides to investigate further and pursues the group in chat rooms and in reality – for professional purposes, understand – only to become more personally involved when he forms a relationship with a girl going by the name "Horny Geordie Lass.” The film’s tagline is the unsubtle question, “Fancy a ride?” “It’s all a bit surreal, to be honest," a source from the “Dogging” film set told the Daily Star.
See full article at IrishCentral »

Christmas and new year cinema releases

Out This Week

Avatar (12A)

(James Cameron, 2009, Us) Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver. 163 mins

The King Of The World returns with an awesomely expensive epic that makes everything else out there look cheap. It really is a visit to a strange new world: part-prog rock album cover, part-Japanese anime come to life. The mix of real action and animation is flawless, the 3D is unobtrusively immersive, and Cameron has lost none of his gift for gripping, purposeful action. It's a shame the story is so un-revolutionary: a formulaic mix of A Man Called Horse, other Cameron movies, The Matrix Sequels, and Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, all washed down with an eco message that's at odds with the technological spectacle served up. But you'd be churlish not to be carried away by the experience. Come on, this is amazing!

Nine (12A)

(Rob Marshall, 2009, Us) Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Indie Roundup: 'Dogging,' 'Serious,' 'Capitalism'

Indie Roundup: 'Dogging,' 'Serious,' 'Capitalism'
Deals. Sony Pictures Classics acquired The Last Station hot off its debut at the Telluride Film Festival and plans a quick turnaround, releasing it before the end of the year and pushing its stars Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and James McAvoy for awards consideration, according to Thompson on Hollywood. Described as a "fictionalized chronicle of Tolstoy's last days" by our own Eugene Novikov, the film's main problem is that it 'madly equivocates' on whether Tolstoy, portrayed by Plummer is, essentially, "a crackpot."

Historical drama John Rabe will get a theatrical outing next spring courtesy of Strand Releasing, according to indieWIRE. Based on the diaries of a German businessman, the film tells about his role in saving the lives of 200,000 people during the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in 1937. indieWIRE also reports that IFC Films picked up Bruno Dumont's religiously-inclined Hadewijch and Lorber Films will distribute Nobody's Perfect, a German
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Trailer For Dogging: A Love Story

The trailer for unconventional Brit rom-com Dogging: A Love Story (yes, like Stan Collymore in a Range Rover, and yes, we were as surprised as you are) has been released, starring Luke Treadaway (soon to be swinging swords next year in Clash Of The Titans) and directed by newcomer Simon Ellis.It's a story as old as time: Geordie journo Dan (Treadaway) loses his girlfriend and can't get a job. Desperate for a big break in the cut-throat world of hackery, he does what we'd all do in his situation... and takes up dogging, joining online forums using the pseudonym "East Of England Eight Inches" hoping to expose the whole scene.In the course of his car park wanderings, he meets a fellow dogger (a doggette, if you will), called "Horny Geordie Lass" and, well, falls in love. As you do. It's not the first idea we'd have pitched to movie execs,
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Who ok'd this trailer? Dogging: A Love Story

IFC has now been cutting a wide swath of Us distribution for many foreign films, including some fantastic ones. But in all this, I have never seen such a horrendous trailer for a film we've been following that they picked up. Playing October 7th On Demand, Dogging a love story is about sex in public car parks. It looks good (at least the other trailer I saw), and it sounds good.. but this thing just makes the film look like crap.

Wannabe journalist Dan expected so much more after graduation.. but with no leads, little ambition and a girlfriend who would rather cosy up to the boss at the office, it's not exactly as he planned. In a bid to get his life back on track and coerced by his womanising flatmate, Dan is introduced to the risque sex scene that is Dogging. Encoutnering an array of qweird and wonderful
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Rotterdam announces 14 competition titles

Rotterdam announces 14 competition titles
London -- The directorial debut of Montreal-based filmmakers Henri Bernadet and Myriam Verreault, the second film from Alicia Scherson and Peng Tao's sophmore outing "Floating in Memory" are among the 14 titles selected for the competition lineup at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Organizers said Wednesday that Bernadet and Verreault's "At West of Pluto" will open the competition section, while Scherson's "Tourists" will close the festival's 12-day run of Jan. 21-Feb. 1.

Other competitors for the event's Tiger Awards include movies from Turkey, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Rotterdam's long history with young Asian filmmaking is reflected by a half-dozen films from Asia, including productions from Japan ("Dark Harbour"), Korea ("Breathless"), Indonesia ("Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly") and Taiwan ("No puedo vivir sin ti") along with Tao's "Floating in Memory."

"The Strength of Water," a first film from New Zealand, and "Wrong Rosary," the first Turkish film ever to be included,
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Rotterdam 09: 14 titles announced to compete for Vpro Tiger award

Fourteen titles have been announced which are first and second features in competition for Iffr's top honor, the Vpro Tiger award. The Hungry Ghosts, the directorial debut of Sopranos actor and Goodfella's Spider (haha!) will be opening the fest. Simon Ellis's debut feature Dogging: A Love Story which we reported on here will also be playing. The story revolves around the risque sex scene that is dogging which I guess has to do with voyeurism. The list is a good mixture of film from all over the planet, but I have yet to go through the rest.

Check out the full list after the break. via Variety.

"At West of Pluto," Henri Bernadet & Myriam Verreault (Canada)

"Be Calm and Count to Seven," Ramtin Lavafipour (Iran)

"Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly," Edwin (Indonesia)

"Breathless," Yang Ik-june (South Korea)

"Dark Harbor," Takatsugu Naito (Japan)

"Dogging: A Love Story," Simon Ellis (U.
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Stills for Simon Ellis' feature debut Dogging: A Love Story

Simon Ellis won an award at Sundance in 2007 for his short film Soft which was also nominated for a BAFTA award, and now, courtesy of Vertigo which is one of the finest producers of genre material in the UK, he's making his feature length debut with a comedy about love and sex. Dogging is defined as a "euphemism for engaging in sexual acts in a semi-public place (typically a secluded car park)". Dogging will also be playing in competition at the upcoming Rotterdam Film Festival.

Wannabe journalist Dan expected so much more after graduation.. but with no leads, little ambition and a girlfriend who would rather cosy up to the boss at the office, it's not exactly as he planned. In a bid to get his life back on track and coerced by his womanising flatmate, Dan is introduced to the risque sex scene that is Dogging. Encoutnering an array
See full article at QuietEarth »

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