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April 2011

A Malaysian Islamic preacher, Mohammed Daud Che Ngah, has warned that locally produced horror movies and TV dramas could turn Muslim viewers into ‘polytheists’ (people who worship multiple deities or Gods). “I think the producers are bent on making horror dramas and films because these shows generate good returns,” The …

After a four year interval, the Asian Buddhist Film Festival (ABFF) returns and this time around a portion of its proceeds are set to go to Japan earthquake and tsunami victims. Ambassador K. Kesavapany, director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) said that helping people is in line …

Comedy flick Bye Bye Bangkok is already into its 14th week and heading towards wrapping at least a 100-day run. Along with Aniket Chattopadhyay’s movie, a clutch of other Bengali movies like Gautam Ghosh’s Moner Manush, debutant director Srijit Mukhopadhyay’s Autograph all notched up at least a 100 days. Not …

Brightcove, the leading online video platform, today announced that Screen Media Ventures LLC, a leading worldwide independent motion picture distribution company, has chosen Brightcove to support its new online digital movie platform, Popcornflix.com. The new Web service, launched in late March 2011, provides free access to hundreds of theatrically released …

KUALA LUMPUR: Scenic Kuala Lumpur will soon be featured in Hong Kong director Dante Lam’s new action thriller, tentatively titled Against War and starring Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou (pic). Among locations slated for shooting, due to start next month, are the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Dataran Merdeka, KLCC, Sunway Lagoon, …

Festival Opinion The 1st Beijing International Film Festival (北京國際電影季, 23-28 April) closes tonight at the Beijing Olympic Centre. It began five days ago at a red-carpet ceremony that borrowed imagery, music and lyrics from the city’s 2008 Olympics. The first edition has featured problems that have beset ambitious new festivals …