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10 Rising Irish Stars to Watch

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A casual glance at the Academy Awards over the past couple of years will show just how far Ireland's homegrown film industry has come.

But behind the big names of Lenny Abrahamson (director of Room), John Crowley (Brooklyn), Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea, Secret of Kells) and Ed Guiney (producer of Room and The Lobster), a growing legion of up-and-coming talent is now making a name from itself and ready to burst onto the global stage. 

From a number who saw their projects bow at this year's Toronto, to an animation director many expect to be heading to the Oscars, a filmmaker who smashed »

- Alex Ritman

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'Star Wars' Is Luring Hollywood to Shoot in Ireland

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi could easily be seen as one of the most impressive — not to mention expensive — commercials ever made. But while it may, on the surface, chronicle the latest chapter in the saga of the Skywalker family, the two-minute piece also serves to promote something else entirely: Ireland's growing status in the film world.

Picking up immediately from the climactic end of The Force Awakens, the opening shots show Daisy Ridley's Rey undertaking her all-important Jedi training on the spectacularly craggy island of Skellig Michael off Ireland's southwest coast (other »

- Alex Ritman

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European Film Academy Unveils Nominees for Discovery Award

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A French agricultural thriller, a Bulgarian blast of urban realism and a British adaptation of a 19th century Russian literary classic are among this year's nominees for the European Discovery prize, the best first-film award presented by the European Film Academy.

The Efa on Thursday unveiled the five nominees for this year's Discovery honor, which include Hubert Charuel's Bloody Milk, a thriller set in the French countryside,Ralitza Petrova's Godless, a noir-ish depiction of impoverished brutality in small-town Bulgaria, and William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, which transfers the story of the original desperate housewife from Nikolai Leskov's classic »

- Scott Roxborough

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China's Dmg Offers to Buy 10 Percent Stake in Forbes

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Dmg Entertainment's Chinese affiliate has offered to buy a 10 percent stake in Forbes, the U.S. business magazine and media company.

Along with the minority stake, Dmg would acquire "greater China rights" to the Forbes brand in the proposed deal, helping to fulfill the company's vision of "creating a global, high-level concept entertainment brand," according to a stock market filing from Dmg's mainland Chinese affiliate Yinji Entertainment & Media. 

The filing, issued Tuesday, explains that Yinji is using a Hong Kong-based, Dmg-branded entity to establish a $256 million investment fund with several partners. The fund would then be deployed to acquire full »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Eddie Izzard to Star in Australian Comedy 'The Call Back'

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British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard has signed on to star in The Call Back, the feature debut of producer turned writer/director Marion Pilowsky.

Fresh from his turn as Bertie, Prince of Wales  in Stephen Frears Victoria & Abdul, Izzard will play British actor Henry, who is romantically entangled with struggling restaurater Ronnie, who will be played by Australian Emily Taheny. Also joining the cast of The Call Back are French actress Vanessa Guide (The New Adventures of Aladdin), Luke McKenzie (Wentworth), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Tina Bursill (Wish You Were Here), Susie Youssef (How Not To Behave) and Tiriel Mora (Happy Feet).


- Pip Bulbeck

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Harvard Rescinds Harvey Weinstein's Du Bois Medal

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Harvard University is rescinding a 2014 medal it awarded to Harvey Weinstein for his contributions to African American culture.

The school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research decided to revoke the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on Tuesday in light of allegations of sexual abuse against the movie mogul.

Weinstein was given the award in 2014 along with seven others, including Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. It's considered Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies.

The center's leaders said they stand with "the women who have courageously come forward" to fight for »

- the Associated Press

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China's Perfect World Secures $250M for Universal Pictures Slate Financing

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China's Perfect World Pictures has closed a $250 million credit facility with East West Bank and JPMorgan to capitalize the second phase of its ongoing five-year slate finance agreement at Universal Pictures.

In a deal unveiled in January 2016, Perfect World agreed to co-finance 50 films across the Universal slate over a half-decade. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter at the time that Perfect World would be getting a 25 percent share of most, but not all, of the films released by Universal until approximately the end of 2020. The names of the titles that were carved out of the agreement were »

- Patrick Brzeski

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