Peter Dinklage, Channing Tatum to produce Ford-Ferrari drama

Channing Tatum will produce a TV series about carmakers Ferrari and Ford with Peter Dinklage. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, Oct 17 — The two actors are joining forces to produce Driven, a TV series chronicling the rivalry between car makers Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari in the 1960s. The news was announced by IM Global Television at Mipcom, the global market for entertainment content that recently opened in Cannes, France.

Hollywood loves getting its teeth into stories of jealousy between celebrity rivals. After the Feud anthology on FX — with a first season exploring the rivalry between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford — a new 10-episode series will explore the competitive relationship between the two car makers Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II.

The two men had diametrically opposed visions of the car industry, with the Italian making high-end luxury vehicles for the elites and the American heading an empire based on mass-produced cars for one and all. The two nevertheless had one thing in common: their competitive nature. When Enzo Ferrari turned down a buyout offer from his rival as negotiations reached advanced stages, the Ford heir decided to get even on the racecourse, launching a bid to topple the Italian manufacturer at Le Mans.

This story that shaped the motor racing world will be written by Zak Schwartz (Taken, Person of Interest) and produced by Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) via their respective companies, Estuary Films and Free Association. As yet, it’s not clear whether the two actors will star in the series.

Peter Dinklage, known for playing Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s hit fantasy series, is also on board to develop Quasimodo, a series about the character from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Like in the Victor Hugo novel, the story is set in 15th-century Paris. Again, the announcement made at Mipcom in Cannes doesn’t specify whether Peter Dinklage will also star in the series.

The show is one of several new projects from Atrium TV, a new association of international streaming and telecommunication platforms, such as France’s Orange, Deutsche Telekom in Germany. — AFP-Relaxnews

Lars von Trier rejects Bjork’s sexual harassment claim

Danish film director Lars von Trier yesterday rejected Icelandic pop singer Bjork’s allegation that he sexually harassed her during the making of the movie ‘Dancer in the Dark.’ — Reuters picCOPENHAGEN, Oct 17 — Danish film director Lars von Trier yesterday rejected Icelandic pop singer Bjork’s allegation that he sexually harassed her during the making of the movie Dancer in the Dark.

“That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that’s a fact,” von Trier told Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in its online edition.

In a post on her Facebook page on Sunday, the singer-songwriter said she was inspired to speak out by the flood of separate allegations against US producer Harvey Weinstein.

She said she “became aware” that “it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it”.

The 51-year-old musician, a former lead singer of The Sugarcubes post-punk group, did not name the filmmaker to whom she was referring, but said he had “a staff of dozens who enabled … and encouraged” his behaviour.

“When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me” and “framed (me) as the difficult one,” she said.

Trier’s award-winning 2000 musical drama Dancer, for which Bjork won a Best Actress prize at the Cannes film festival in 2000, remains the Icelandic star’s only film.

Producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen, who has partnered with von Trier on many films including Dancer in the Dark, meanwhile told Jyllands Posten that he and von Trier “were the victims.”

“As far as I remember, we were the victims. That woman was stronger than both Lars von Trier and me and our company put together. She dictated everything and was about to close a movie of 100 million kroner (RM67.5 million),” he said.

Bjork has previously lashed out at the media for its “sexist” views and news coverage of women.

It’s not the first time Von Trier has been at the centre of controversy.

A leader of the Dogme 95 cinema movement that frowns on special effects, he is known for his black humour and shocking scenes of sex and violence in films like Antichrist, Melancholia, Manderlay and Breaking the Waves.

He was kicked out of the Cannes festival in 2011 for telling a news conference he sympathised “a little bit” with Adolf Hitler. He later apologised for the comment. — AFP

Gong Li joins ‘The Foreigner’ director’s new movie

Gong Li was last seen on the big screen as Baigujing (White-Boned Demon) in ‘The Monkey King 2’. — Handout via CinemaOnlineBEIJING, Oct 17 — After her last Hollywood appearance in 2010’s Shanghai, Gong Li is now set for her long-awaited return in the upcoming action thriller, Ana.

On board to helm is The Foreigner director Martin Campbell, with a script from The Equaliser’s Richard Wenk, according to Variety.

To be produced by Rush Hour’s Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu, the upcoming film is said to be in the same vein as La Femme Nikita, the 1990 film from Luc Besson starring Anne Parillaud.

With credits dating back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, Red Sorghum, which took home the Golden Bear at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival, Gong has been involved in more drama-genre films such as The Emperor and the Assassin, 2046 and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Her latest portrayal as Baigujing (White-Boned Demon) in The Monkey King 2 marks her first action role in her acting career.

No word yet on the release date but production on Ana is expected to begin in March or April next year. — CinemaOnline

Sharnaaz Ahmad Jual Tudung dalam Drama MR. HIJAB

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Accused over Weinstein, New York prosecutor calls donation review (VIDEO)

File picture shows film producer Harvey Weinstein attending the 2016 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street February 10, 2016. — Reuters picNEW YORK, Oct 17 — New York prosecutor Cy Vance has denied that campaign contributions influenced his decisions and announced an “independent” review of donations after allegations that he protected disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The Manhattan district attorney, a Democrat, has received important financial contributions from legal firms since his first election in 2009.

But, in a statement published Sunday, Vance said that in “seven years as district attorney, I’ve never allowed someone’s wealth, power, race, or campaign contributions to influence my decisions.”

Vance, who hopes for re-election to another four-year term next month, said New Yorkers deserve to have confidence in his “independence” from donors.

He announced that the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, based at Columbia university’s law school, will conduct a 90-day review of his handling of campaign contributions.

“In the interim, I have directed my campaign not to accept a single dollar more,” Vance wrote.

Vance, 63, who prides himself on profoundly modernizing the prosecutor’s office, hopes to deflect a flood of criticisms that have targeted him in recent days.

They began with media reports in early October that Vance’s office decided to end an investigation into the children of now-president Donald Trump, Ivanka and Donald Jr, over allegations they lied to buyers of units in a SoHo district building.

Then last week, the New Yorker reported that Vance’s office decided not to file charges over sexual assault allegations by Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez against Hollywood giant Weinstein.

A police recording caught Weinstein admitting that he had touched Gutierrez’s breasts, but Vance’s office said the evidence did not support a charge.

Critics accuse Vance of failing to pursue charges in both cases because of financial contributions he received from lawyers for Trump as well as David Boies, one of Weinstein’s attorneys.

Vance last week said those donations “had no impact on my thinking”.

Weinstein faces numerous accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape.

New York police said last week they are investigating a 2004 case involving him but gave no details. — AFP

Producers’ group moves to expel Weinstein (VIDEO)

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, speaks at the UBS 40th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York December 5, 2012. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Oct 17 — A film industry group representing thousands of workers yesterday began expulsion proceedings against Harvey Weinstein, in the latest industry action against the disgraced movie mogul facing sexual assault allegations.

The Producers Guild of America “decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership”, a statement from the group said.

Weinstein will have a chance to respond before the Guild makes its final decision on November 6.

According to its website, the PGA promotes “the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.”

PGA said that yesterday it created a task force to study sexual harassment, which should be “eradicated from the industry.”

More than two dozen actresses including Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Lea Seydoux have come forward saying they were sexually harassed by the producer. 

Since the allegations emerged this month, Hollywood has largely turned its back on Weinstein.

On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein, whose films received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes, according to The Weinstein Company.

The company, which he co-founded, fired him more than a week ago. — AFP

Producers’ group moves to expel Weinstein (VIDEO)

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, speaks at the UBS 40th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York December 5, 2012. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Oct 17 — A film industry group representing thousands of workers yesterday began expulsion proceedings against Harvey Weinstein, in the latest industry action against the disgraced movie mogul facing sexual assault allegations.

The Producers Guild of America “decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership”, a statement from the group said.

Weinstein will have a chance to respond before the Guild makes its final decision on November 6.

According to its website, the PGA promotes “the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.”

PGA said that yesterday it created a task force to study sexual harassment, which should be “eradicated from the industry.”

More than two dozen actresses including Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Lea Seydoux have come forward saying they were sexually harassed by the producer. 

Since the allegations emerged this month, Hollywood has largely turned its back on Weinstein.

On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein, whose films received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes, according to The Weinstein Company.

The company, which he co-founded, fired him more than a week ago. — AFP