Hollywood veteran Robert Redford is launching his Sundance Film Festival in Hong Kong. The actor/director's movie event takes place annually in Utah, and he expanded it internationally by taking it to London in 2012.
He is now focusing on China and has announced plans to stage a small version of the festival in Hong Kong next month (Sep14).
The Sundance Film Festival - Hong Kong Selects will run from 19-28 September (14) and feature movies include Kristen Wiig's The Skeleton Twins and Life After Beth starring John C. Reilly.
The news comes just days after Chinese authorities shut down the Beijing Independent Film Festival shortly before it was due to kick off. The event was cancelled and no explanation was given.
"Her dad is a footballer and now coaches for Bristol Rovers; he used to be on Bristol City for a long time. He's played all over the world - Turkey and Hong Kong. He just missed that big pay day thing that they're doing today. He's a great guy." Kelsey Grammer's father-in-law is former British soccer player Alan Walsh.
Actor George Clooney is determined to continue his feud with a British tabloid by rejecting an apology from the newspaper's bosses.
The Ocean's Eleven star slammed Mailonline.com - the website of the Daily Mail newspaper - for publishing a false story about his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin, suggesting his future mother-in-law was unhappy with her daughter's choice of suitor.
Editors at the tabloid issued an apology this week (beg07Jul14), insisting the story was "not a fabrication" but accepting it was "inaccurate".
However, the Hollywood heartthrob is refusing to draw a line under the feud and has publicly rejected the apology.
In a new article for USA Today, published on Friday (11Jul14), he writes, "I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they've exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid."
Clooney is expected to wed human rights lawyer Alamuddin later this year (14).
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The new Transformers movie has become the highest-grossing movie of all time in China.
The fourth movie in the sci-fi series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, was partly shot in Hong Kong and China and features a number of local stars, including actor Li Bingbing and pop star Han Geng.
The Mark Wahlberg film, which also received its world premiere in Hong Kong last month (Jun14), has now smashed records in China to become the country's highest-grossing film, overtaking James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar.
Transformers: Age of Extinction has brought in more than $222.7 million (£131 million) in its first 10 days on release, overtaking Avatar, which came in just short of that figure after two months in cinemas in 2010.
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Producers behind Transformers: Age Of Extinction are facing a new dispute from a Chinese tourism group over product placement.
The latest instalment in Michael Bay's action movie franchise, which stars Mark Wahlberg, includes scenes shot at the picturesque Wulong Scenic Area in southwest China, but bosses at the Wulong Karst Tourism Group are upset the area's logo is not shown in the blockbuster, leading to confusion about where filming had taken place.
Li Chu, a marketing manager for the area, tells China Daily the group is currently in discussions with executives at Paramount Pictures and Beijing-based firm 1905 Internet Technology about the complaint.
He tells the newspaper, "If we fail to compromise on a proposal that could remedy our loss we will resort to legal procedures."
The movie broke box office records in Hong Kong when it opened in June (14) by becoming the first film to earn $1 million (£714,286) in 24 hours, and it has topped the box office in North America for two consecutive weeks.
The latest Transformers film has shattered box office records in Hong Kong by becoming the first movie to break $1 million (GBP590,000) in a day. The fourth instalment of the robot wars franchise, which was partly shot in Hong Kong, grossed $1 million in the 24 hours since its release on 26 June (14).
The blockbuster has landed the all-time highest-grossing non-holiday opening, beating out last year's (13) Iron Man 3.
The film's world premiere was held in Hong Kong on 19 June (14).
Lana Del Rey has responded to criticism from Kurt Cobain's daughter following a controversial U.K. interview in which the singer seemingly romanticised the deaths of young musicians.
The Video Games sensation came under fire from Frances Bean Cobain earlier this week (beg23Jun14) after talking about the premature passing of artists like the Nirvana frontman and Amy Winehouse in an article for Britain's The Guardian newspaper. The 21 year old took aim at Del Rey in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticise. I'll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool'. Well, it's f**king not. Embrace life, because you only get one life."
Del Rey has already accused reporter Tim Jonze of asking "sinister" questions about death, and she was quick to respond to Cobain. Replying to her tweet, she wrote, "It's all good. He (the reporter) was asking me a lot about your dad I said I liked him because he was talented not because he died young. The other half of what I said wasn't really related to the people he mentioned/ I don't find that part of music glam either."
Jonze has since published sounds bites from his interview with the singer, and in a follow-up article, wrote, "(Del Rey) seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
Singer Lana Del Rey has split from her longtime boyfriend Barrie-James O'neill. The Young & Beautiful hitmaker had been dating the former Kassidy star since 2011, but she recently revealed the two are no longer a couple.
She says, "We are currently not together. He is a wonderful person. But there are some things with which he has to deal. I will not explain it in detail. This was hard on our relationship; I no longer felt free. We'll see how it goes."
The sad news comes just days after Del Rey felt the need to explain comments she made during a dark interview with Britain's The Guardian newspaper, during which she told reporter Tim Jonze, "I wish I was dead already".
The singer's disturbing comments stunned many of her fans and she took to Twitter.com late on Thursday (19Jun14) to try and explain herself. In a series of messages, Del Rey accused Jonze of acting in a "sinister" manner, writing, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles... "I regret trusting the Guardian - I didn't want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent."
Jonze has since defended his article, stating, "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. She's not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they've been 'twisted' or that we've printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
Michael Bay has condemned the "harsh" jail sentences given to two brothers who plotted to extort the director while he was filming in Hong Kong. The Transformers moviemaker was filming the fourth installment of the franchise in the city last year (13) when two locals tried to blackmail him, and hurled an air conditioning unit at him when he refused to hand over the cash.
Mak Chi-shing, 27, and Mak Chi-hang, 28, were found guilty of attempted blackmail and jailed for 30 months and six months respectively in February (14), but Bay believes the sentences were too severe.
During a press conference to promote Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong on Friday (20Jun14), Bay told reporters, "I personally wouldn't want them to be punished. He (one of them) was on drugs and he probably didn't know what he was doing. I think it was a little stiff, a little harsh."
Local residents apologised to the director after the incident, and Bay admits he was overwhelmed by the support he received in Hong Kong.
He adds, "We had that incident, which messed up shooting for about four hours, and then we carried on. But on my day off, I was walking around one of the malls, and no less than 30 people walked up to me and apologised, and said 'That's not what people do in Hong Kong'. It was the nicest thing in the world. They would never do that in America."
Chi-shing was also convicted of assaulting a police officer during the fracas while Chi-hang was found guilty of resisting police officers.
Mark Wahlberg and his Transformers: Age Of Extinction castmates had to brave monsoon conditions for the world premiere of the action film in Hong Kong on Thursday (19Jun14). The overcast conditions which greeted director Michael Bay and his cast as they arrived on the red carpet, gave way to torrential rain, sending everyone under umbrellas for press interviews.
Bay admitted he was just happy to be there with a finished film - he was still editing the movie on the eve of the premiere.
He tells Entertainment Tonight, "I just finished it yesterday... I didn't think we were gonna make the release date."
And nothing could dampen Imagine Dragons' spirits - the Las Vegas-based band performed at the premiere and were just delighted to be in Hong Kong.
Frontman Dan Reynolds said, "We've never even been to a movie premiere."