No more big budgets for Lucas

Star Wars creator George Lucas plans to focus on television projects in the future. Lucas has reportedly come to the conclusion that making movies is too high risk as blockbuster budgets today are in the region of $200m.

Borat’s big box office

Despite having the US theatrical distribution of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorius Nation of Kazakhstan", slashed considerably, creator/lead actor Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G) must be revelling in the film’s outstanding box office for its opening weekend - a whopping $26.4m.

Cruise, Wagner and MGM unite

It's been a busy year for Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible, The Last Samurai) - couch-hopping antics on Oprah, home-style ultrasounds during Katie Holmes’s pregnancy, losing some of his female fan base, being dumped by Paramount Studios and now, if media reports are to be believed, making sure Holmes loses her post pregnancy weight before their upcoming nuptials.

SA docs shape up

Docusur International Documentary Film Festival, which took place in Tenerife, Spain. Docusur, which screens films made in Latin America, Africa, Spain and Asia, programmed a special South African section of 10 documentaries, covering a wide range of local directors.

Wildlife Filmaking Scholarships up for grabs

The Wildlife Film Academy is offering scholarships, sponsored by the National Film and Video Foundation, to prospective wildlife filmmakers from previously isadvantaged communities

SA film industry honoured

The inaugural South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) took place during two red carpet gala events on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Attended by a host of film and television personalities, the main ceremony on Saturday was broadcast live on SABC2.

Mantswe a Bonono wins at US Festival

Mantswe a Bonono, a television documentary series that celebrates the work and lives of South Africa's published and unpublished word artists...

Disney goes lean

In a demonstration of the other side of merchandising, imdb.com's Studio Briefing reports that The Walt Disney Co. has announced a company-wide...

Cerify launched in SA

"You will be astounded at what this product can do," said Colin Wainer of Inala Broadcast, referring to the Tektronix Cerify Automated Video...

Channel 0 winners announced

The winners for the 2006 Channel O Spirit of Africa Music Video Awards, presented by Amarula, were announced at a glittering ceremony held at...
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