February 21, 2018

Vancouver’s Mayor wants immediate action for film and TV sector

The Mayor of Vancouver wants the provincial government to make immediate changes to keep film productions from leaving town. Gregor Robertson says the provincial tax credit system needs to be adjusted to match those in other provinces. Robertson has tabled a motion callng for a letter to be  written to the premier and the prime minister … [Read more...]

Minister of Canadian Heritage won’t get involved in push to save BC film

The Federal Minister responsible for the arts says British Columbians shouldn't expect additional tax cuts for film in the upcoming budget. James Moore says he's not going to get involved in the debate between the Provincial Government and local film industry workers over saving BC film.  "We also should be mindful as well that it's not just … [Read more...]

Vancouver film expert doubts Bollywood will bring much business

The President of the Vancouver Film Studios is casting doubt the province grabbing the Times of India Awards sShow will mean any influx of movie jobs into BC.  Pete Mitchell says productions from india are low budget and bring in their own people.  "I saw a clip very recently of a producer from Mumbia when asked if he was going to produce … [Read more...]

BC’s NDP leader’s back from Hollywood – still no firm plan for film industry

The leader of the provincial NDP is back from a fact finding mission in LA where he sat down with film executives. Adrian Dix says he met with people from studios like Disney and Warner Brothers to find solutions to film jobs leaving BC. But Dix wasn't ready to say what exact fixes the NDP would table. "We're going to assess and we're … [Read more...]

Lots of money at stake in film industry

Thousands of people packed North Shore Studios to rally support for the BC film industry. Many in the industry say BC is losing productions to Ontario because of tax breaks and other incentives. Cheryl Nex is the Vice-Chair of the Motion Picture Industry Association, "Their incentives are higher. When you talk about the base incentive and then … [Read more...]

NDP candidate accuses Premier of going Bollywood while ignoring BC film and gaming sectors

The NDP candidate for Vancouver False Creek is giving the Premier a big thumbs down for shelling out millions of dollars to host the Times of India film awards. Gaming industry insider Matt Toner says there is no question the money could have been better spent elsewhere. "And we are kind of insourcing an awards ceremony as kind of a bandaid to … [Read more...]

Vancouver to host major international film festival

Premier Christy Clark says Vancouver has been named to host the "Times of India Film Awards". Events will be held across Metro Vancouver April fourth to sixth. Clark says vancouver will be centre stage for an event that will be seen by hundreds of millions of people in one of the worlds fastest growing economies. A government release says the … [Read more...]

Several Marvel Superhero Film Updates

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Toby Jones has confirmed that he will reprise the role of the villain Armin Zola in the upcoming "Captain America" sequel. [Source: Hey U Guys] Iron Man 3 Whenever I visited Los Angeles from 1999 to about 2006, I would regularly stay at the Hollywood Orchid Suites right near Grauman's Chinese. Now, the hotel … [Read more...]

Carice van Houten Joins Wikileaks Film

"Game of Thrones" star Carice van Houten has joined Bill Condon's untitled Wikileaks movie at DreamWorks. Josh Singer scripted the project about Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who launched the whistleblowing site in 2006 and began antagonizing world governments by leaking embarrassing diplomatic cables and other state secrets. Van Houten … [Read more...]

Paramount, Abrams Plan Lance Armstrong Film

Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot are developing a biopic about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. The company's have secured the rights to New York Times reporter Juliet Macur's upcoming work "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong" due out in June. Macur covered Armstrong's career for over a decade. No director, writer, star or … [Read more...]