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Chris Lee Hired As CEO Of Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Banner

Chris Lee Hired As CEO Of Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Banner
Exclusive: Bryan Singer has hired Chris Lee to become CEO of his Bad Hat Harry production banner. Lee, the former TriStar and Columbia Pictures president, took a detour to teach, and more recently has been making movies in China. He reunites with Singer after they worked together on films including Valkyrie and Superman Returns. Lee will work alongside Bat Hat Harry president Jason Taylor at a busy time for the company. Singer has also hired Charles Hwong to be VP…
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Berlin: M-appeal Picks Up ‘How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: M-appeal Picks Up ‘How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)’ (Exclusive)
London — M-appeal World Sales has picked up “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time),” which plays in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.

The film, which is the directorial debut of Josh Kim, is adapted from the U.S. bestselling book “Sightseeing” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Pic tells the coming-of-age drama of two brothers struggling to survive and stay together in a land plagued by social and economic inequality.

An orphaned 11-year-old, Oat, learns to play the game of life while his older brother faces the possibility of being drafted into the Thai military. In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. When Ek and his long-time boyfriend Jai face the possibility of being drafted, Oat must grow up and learn to take care of himself.

The
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New Licensee Is Changing the Way China Releases Foreign Films, But Quotas Remain

A second pipeline for movie imports is opening in China soon, causing a seismic shift in the country’s distribution sector, and promising to offer better financial terms to studios onfilms that are allowed to enter the mainland, improving the split on per-pic profits to as much 50%.

Yet movie import quotas remain firmly in place, and studios are still not allowed to set up their own distribution shingles in the country. China currently allows only one firm, state-owned China Film Group, to operate as a gateway for imports of foreign films that can enjoy full revenue-sharing release.

As always in China, the particulars are complex. Leading the new entity, which will be called China National Culture Group, is Chris Lee, the former Columbia TriStar head and producer of “Superman Returns” and “Valkyrie.” He has been tapped president of China Railsmedia Group, one of the components in a chain of companies
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Chris Lee Boosts China’s Second Distribution License Initiative

Hong Kong – Chris Lee, the former head of Columbia TriStar Pictures, producer of “Superman Returns” and “Valkyrie,” is to become president of China Railsmedia Group, one of the components in a chain of companies that will operate China’s second film import and distribution license.

The Hong Kong-based company will imminently change its name to China National Culture Group, a move that reflects both its new role and its close connections with China National Culture & Arts Centre (Cncac), the mainland Chinese state-owned enterprise that expects to receive the second license.

Currently China allows only one firm, another state-owned company, China Film Group, to operate as a gateway for imports of foreign films that can enjoy full revenue-sharing release. The country currently has a quota of 34 films per year which can be distributed this way.

At an event on Thursday in Hong Kong, China Railsmedia/Cncg held a briefing for senior
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PiFan unveils Spotlight on the Philippines

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Fantastic Film School tutors also revealed.

The Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s industry program, the Network of Fantastic Films (Naff) has announced its selection for this year’s Project Spotlight: the Philippines.

“The Philippines have had a strong presence in genre cinema for some time, but for some reason, it never had outside exposure until maybe very recently. So we thought it would be worthwhile to show not just their films, but also the potential of the projects through this year’s Spotlight so they can hopefully find co-producers and/or funding at Naff,” says Thomas Nam, Naff managing director.

The seven projects in the Spotlight will compete for a total of $50,000 in cash awards and three post-production support awards.

Mondomanila director Khavn De La Cruz [pictured] will be turning his 62nd Berlinale-selected short film, Ruined Heart? Another Love Story About A Criminal And A Whore, into a feature film while director Peter Eduria III, who has worked
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Wolfe Video Picks Up North American Rights to Joan Chen Drama 'White Frog'

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Wolfe Video Picks Up North American Rights to Joan Chen Drama 'White Frog'
Wolfe Video has acquired all North American rights to director Quentin Lee’s family drama “White Frog,” which had its world premiere at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The specialty distributor plans theatrical, VOD and DVD releases of the film in 2013. Booboo Stewart, Joan Chen, Bd Wong, Harry Shum Jr., Gregg Sulkin, Kelly Hu and Tyler Posey star in the story of a high-school freshman with mild Asperger’s syndrome whose life becomes more challenging when his older brother dies. Fabienne Wen and Ellie Wen wrote the film. Read More: Wolfe Video Acquires "Love Free or Die" for DVD/VOD at Outfest Chris Lee, Joel Soisson, and Ellie Wen produced; David Henry Hwang and Kevin Iwashina are executive producers. “Quentin Lee has created a heartfelt film with a stunning cast of some of our favorite faces,” said Wolfe president Maria Lynn, who negotiated the deal with Iwashina.
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Posey joins 'Superman' villain cast

Parker Posey has joined the cast of Bryan Singer's Superman movie for Warner Bros. Pictures. Posey will play Kitty Koslowski, Lex Luthor's villainous henchwoman. Parker joins a cast that includes Brandon Routh as Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Hugh Laurie as Perry White, James Marsden as Richard White and Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen. Kevin Spacey is playing Lex Luthor. Kal Penn will portray Stanford, Luthor's right-hand man. Jon Peters, Singer and Gilbert Adler are producing. Chris Lee is executive producing and Stephen Jones is co-producing. Polly Cohen is overseeing for the studio. Posey was most recently seen in Blade: Trinity and Laws of Attraction. She also is performing in Hurlyburly onstage in New York. Her upcoming movies include The OH in Ohio. Posey is repped by CAA.

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