Firm to sue movie producers
A company that operates a scenic landscape area which features in the latest Transformers movie says it will sue the producers for breach of contract. It is the second Chinese company to make public a dispute with Paramount Pictures over Transformers: Age of Extinction, which heavily courts the Chinese audience with Chinese locations, actors and products, and is on track to become China’s biggest-grossing movier. Chongqing Wulong Karst Tourism Co Ltd said in a statement yesterday that the producers had failed to show its logo prominently in the movie as promised. As a result, it is not clear to viewers that the shots of the scenic spot are of Wulong, because they are interspersed with scenes from Hong Kong and other tourist spots are claiming the karst peaks are theirs, it added. It said it would file a suit at a court in Chongqing demanding unspecified damages against Paramount Pictures and Beijing-based 1905 Internet Technology Co, one of the movie’s Chinese partners. Wulong said it wanted measures taken to mitigate the damage, and compensation for direct and indirect economic losses. Last month, a Beijing property developer said it had filed a lawsuit alleging that Paramount and two of its Chinese associates had failed to deliver on pledges to hold the movie premiere at its hotel, and feature images of its property in trailers and posters. Soon after the developer and Paramount said they had smoothed out the dispute.
Dance troupe head jailed
A court sentenced the head of a traditional dance troupe to four years in prison yesterday after he was convicted of passing information to a North Korean spy. The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Jeon Shik-ryeol, 44, had violated the national security law which bans South Korean citizens from making unauthorized contact with North Koreans. Jeon, the head of the traditional dance company Chool, is a member of the left-wing Unified Progressive Party. Prosecutors said the dancer met a North Korean spy in Shanghai in March 2011 and sent an encoded oath of loyalty to Pyongyang a month later.
Mom admits killing children
A South African woman wept in court on Monday as she admitted killing her three young disabled children in London. Tania Clarence, 42, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of her three-year-old twin sons, Ben and Max, and four-year-old daughter Olivia, but she denied the more serious charge of murder sought by prosecutors and will face trial in February next year. She was remanded to a secure mental hospital. Her husband, Gary, was in court to watch the proceedings. At the time of the children’s deaths he was away in South Africa, the couple’s home country, with their eldest daughter. Clarence was detained after the three bodies were found at the family’s home in New Malden on April 22. All three suffered from type 2 spinal muscular atrophy.
Airport admits near miss
A passenger jet preparing to leave Barcelona’s El Prat airport taxied across a runway where another was about to land, forcing the arriving plane to abort its landing and climb sharply to avoid a possible disaster. Amateur video footage filmed on Saturday showed the Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus 340 crossing the runway just as the aircraft from Russian airline Utair was making its final approach. None of the passengers on either plane was hurt.