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Animal Rights Documentary, ‘Tyke Elephant Outlaw’ Acquired by Netflix

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Streaming giant Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “Tyke Elephant Outlaw,” an Australian-made documentary about an escaped circus elephant.

The film focuses on an animal which in 1994 broke away from captivity in Honolulu and killed its trainer. In doing so, it sparked a debate about the use of animals as entertainment, which recently resulted in a change in the law in Hawaii.

The film last week had three performances at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

“Tyke” was directed and produced by leading Australian documentary filmmakers Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore, and co-produced by Megan McMurchy. It was produced with financial assistance from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and Voiceless. It is distributed by ABC Commercial and documentary specialist Dogwoof.

“Like the classic animal rebellion film ‘King Kong,’ Tyke is the central protagonist in a tragic but redemptive drama that combines trauma, outrage, insight and compassion,” said Lambert.

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- Patrick Frater

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Mexico, Singapore Reveal Co-Production Treaty Plans (Exclusive)

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Singapore — Mexico has submitted a memorandum of understanding to Singapore “to foster links with Singapore in film co-production,” Rogelio Granguillhome, the Ambassador of Mexico to Singapore, told Variety.

“The Media Development Authority of Singapore is working on the draft and is assessing our proposal and we are waiting for a reply from them, I hope soon,” said Granguillhome.

The ambassador also revealed that the Singapore film industry has displayed keen interest in working with Mexico and two co-production films are waiting for the treaty to be signed in order to commence production.

Granguillhome was speaking on the sidelines of a panel discussion on Nov. 28 as part of the Singapore International Film Festival’s Spotlight on Mexican Cinema. Panelists included Cristina Velasco, director of production at the Instituto Mexico de Cinematografia, and filmmakers Javier Espada, director of the documentary “Following Nazarin,” and Celso García, writer/director of the Guillermo del Toro »

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‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ Can’t Break Thanksgiving Box Office Records

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The final “Hunger Games,” Pixar’s look at the Jurassic age and the return of Rocky didn’t pack a big enough punch to break records at the Thanksgiving box office.

However, the combined ticket sales of “Mockingjay – Part 2,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed” did outpace last year’s holiday by 12%. Overall domestic receipts clocked in at $257 million between Wednesday and Sunday, according to Rentrak. That pales in comparison with Thanksgiving 2013, when “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen” powered ticket sales to $293.7 million, establishing a high-water mark.

In fact, this year’s five-day figure and its three-day weekend total both rank as the fifth-biggest Thanksgiving for the domestic box office. In addition to 2013, this year falls short of 2012 (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” “Skyfall”), 2009 (“Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The Blind Side”) and 2010 (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”).

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- Brent Lang

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