CBS Corp is exploring a possible entry into the movie business, with a view toward producing a handful of smaller-budget films annually, Chief Executive Les Moonves said on Wednesday.
“We are exploring it,” Moonves said at a PricewaterhouseCoopers media event in New York. “We’re not looking to do Superman.”
Moonves did not provide details on how CBS would set up a movie venture, whether through acquisition or building up its own properties.
But he said the television and radio broadcaster would be interested in producing six to eight movies a year on smaller budgets of US$20 million to US$30 million.
“We could get in in a small way, doing six to eight movies a year in a risk-free way,” Moonves said.
CBS, home to the tele-vision network of the same name, separated from corporate parent Viacom Inc. at the beginning of the year. Viacom retained the Paramount Pictures movie studios.
Hollywood writer/producer Aaron Spelling, who has helped create some of America’s most popular and beloved television shows, suffered a stroke in his home over the weekend and is recovering, his publicist said Wednesday.
Spelling, whose credits include Beverly Hills, 90210, Starsky and Hutch and Charlie’s Angels, suffered a stroke on Sunday in his Los Angeles home.
“He is now at home resting with his wife under a doctor’s care,” Kevin Sasaki, Spelling’s publicist, said.
A filmmaker who made one of France’s biggest domestic box-office hits, The Choir, on Wednesday lost a court fight against several Internet companies he accused of promoting illegal downloading of movies.
Christophe Barratier had alleged that AOL France, Telecom Italia France, Neuf Telecom, Voyages, financial firm Finaref, and the state lottery company La Francaise des Jeux were complicit in the activity by putting illicit download sites on poster ads.
But the Paris court, while recognizing that such sites were illegal, refused to convict the companies, saying that Barratier’s claims “relied purely on hypotheses”.
It added: “No evidence shows their intention to commit the infraction they are accused of.”
Several of the companies themselves blamed the
presence of the offending sites on their posters on advertising management companies.
Barratier had been seeking a symbolic, rather than financial, court victory to make an “example” of the companies.
His movie The Choir, about a group of boys in a harsh boarding school who are transformed by a teacher who introduces them to singing. It generated more than US$8.5 million in ticket sales in France and was nominated for an Oscar last year.
Tom Cruise’s next mission may not be impossible, but it could be difficult: He wants free run of downtown Tokyo for a week to shoot action sequences for a future movie. “I’d like to shoot in Tokyo, if I could have downtown for a week. Just at night,” Cruise, in Tokyo for the premiere of
Mission: Impossible 3, told a news conference on Tuesday.
Piracy in China cost film makers US$2.7 billion last year, with
domestic firms shouldering more than half those losses, according to a study commissioned by a trade group representing the major Hollywood studios. China’s film industry lost about US$1.5 billion in revenue to piracy last year, while the major US studios lost US$565 million, according to data released on Monday by the Motion Picture Association, whose members include the studio units of Time Warner, Walt Disney Co and Viacom Inc.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and four other Indian film personalities were earlier this week charged with poaching endangered black buck during a movie shoot, a court official said.
Khan, who is out on bail after being convicted of shooting a gazelle in a separate case, was in court in this western Indian city to hear the fresh charges, the official said.
Charged with Khan were fellow stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Tabu.
Khan, one of Bollywood’s most popular actors, was charged with shooting the black buck or
antelope while the others were booked for encouraging him during the film shoot eight years ago.
The 40-year-old Indian actor is no stranger to
controversy and faces charges of manslaughter over a road accident in 2002 that left one person dead and four others injured.
The actor has denied allegations that he was at the wheel, drunk and without a license, when his car ran over people sleeping on a sidewalk in western Mumbai, home to the country’s prolific Hindi-language film industry.
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
Chen Wang-shi (陳罔市) doesn’t know where to go if she is forced to move. The 78-year-old Chen is an active “sea woman” (海女) in Taiwan’s easternmost fishing village of Makang (馬崗) in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). When the waves are calm, she ventures out to forage for algae, oysters and other edible marine morsels. She lives alone in the village, as her children have moved to the cities for work, returning for weekends and festivals. “I cannot get used to living in Taipei, and I feel very uncomfortable if I don’t go out to the ocean to forage. I
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.