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February 2011

“I think the film has its integrity as it stands,” the best actor winner tells The Hollywood Reporter at the Oscars. Colin Firth does not agree with the new PG-13 cut of The King’s Speech “I don’t support it,” the best actor winner told The Hollywood Reporter backstage at the Oscars. “I think the film has its integrity as it stands.”

The recent starvation death of an aspiring South Korean filmmaker is prompting a vigorous public dialogue here over compensation for artists in the nation’s burgeoning movie industry. Authorities have not connected the death of director Choi Ko-eun, 32, whose emaciated corpse was found last month in her tiny flat, with her profession.

So I guess you would have known by now, no matter where in the world you are, of our new rating that’s tacitly known as R21-1, which on one hand allows for a film to be released in Singapore, but the censors dictated that only 1 print can be used, effectively elevating it to arthouse proportions accorded by films played in The Picturehouse or Cinema Europa.

If there were an Oscar for Best Film-Financing Deal, the winning transaction might look something like this: Original equity investors are returned a multiple of their initial investment within in a prescribed time frame; mezzanine investors get all their interest and principle paid; senior debt is fully serviced—and possibly re-cycled for another favorable round of financing.

Breathe easy… Aspiring local film buffs can ‘breathe easy’ with yet another four weeks to submit their creative entries for Singapore’s second year of participation in the Very Short International Film Festival – known globally as Tres Courts.

For Roger Garcia, returning to an old job decades later doesn’t mean it’s at all like it used to be. Since Mr. Garcia last held the post of executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society 30 years ago, the show has evolved into one of the largest in the world. He now sees Asia as an epicenter of the best film has to offer right now.