Red Sea Takes Center Stage as Industry Driver Forges On

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival stands as testimony to the kingdom’s unwavering drive to become a film and TV industry powerhouse amid regional conflicts, political turbulence and societal changes. The Israel-Hamas war caused cancellations of several movie celebrations across the Arab world, including the Cairo Film Festival and Tunisia’s Carthage Film Days. But Saudi’s … Read more

Michael Douglas, ‘Endless Borders’ Win Awards at Goa Film Festival

The 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, concluded on Tuesday with Hollywood veteran Michael Douglas accepting the Satyajit Ray lifetime achievement award for excellence in cinema. Previous winners of the award include Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci, Dilip Kumar, Carlos Saura, Krzysztof Zanussi and Wong Kar-wai. “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, … Read more

‘The Royal Hotel,’ ‘Shayda’ and ‘Limbo’ Nominated

SPA SELECTIONS “Carmen,” “Foe,” “Limbo,” Australia’s Oscar contender “Shayda,” “Streets of Colour” and “The Royal Hotel” have received the six nominations for best feature film at this year’s Screen Producers Australia Awards. The SPA Awards will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2024, the final evening of the Screen Forever conference. In the documentary feature section, … Read more

Eden Rock Founder and ‘Solace’ Producer Was 60

International media consultant and producer Thomas Augsberger died suddenly on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, his publicist informed Variety. He was 60. The German-born and trained attorney was founder of film and television production company and media consulting business Eden Rock Media. Augsberger’s high profile media clients included Germany’s Leonine Studios. Prior … Read more

‘Star Wars’ VFX Artist Was 77

Marc Thorpe, the visual effects artist who worked on several “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” films before launching the bot battling competition Robot Wars, has died. He was 77. Thorpe died Friday of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease, his daughter Megan Feffer shared on Facebook. “For him, early onset Parkinson’s disease started out with relatively … Read more

‘Dog Day Afternoon’ Cinematographer Was 96

Victor J. Kemper, the cinematographer behind “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and other notable films, has died. He was 96. American Cinematographer, the international publication of the American Society of Cinematographers, confirmed the news of his passing on social media. One of Kemper’s most prominent films is the biographical crime drama … Read more

Lifetime Has First Sex Scene in Christmas Movie

Lifetime Channel is moving on from the almost-kiss — well, sort of. This season’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” slate of 12 new movies includes “A Cowboy Christmas Romance,” a holiday movie that features the franchise’s first sex scene. “We think that there’s an audience out there that’s hungry for grown-up romance, and we’re looking forward … Read more