James Murdoch to step down from BSkyB

The Mail on Sunday reported this weekend that that James Murdoch is considering stepping down the second quarter of 2007 as the chief executive of BSkyB. This move is said to be motivated by his decision to take up a post at News Corporation.

Out In Africa selects Nu Metro

This year, the Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival celebrates 13 years of screening with a variety of award-winning feature films sourced worldwide. The festival is now also, for the first time, being hosted by Nu Metro Theatres in premier Johannesburg and Cape Town theatres.

Encounters calls for entries

The organisers of Encounters, the annual South African International Documentary Festival, are calling for entries from local and international filmmakers for the 9th edition of the Festival, which runs in Johannesburg from 13 July to 22 July and in Cape Town from 20 July to 5 August

Rendez-Vous moves venue to Biarritz

The 13th annual Rendez-Vous (3 - 7 Sepember) organized by TV France International will be held for the first time in Biarritz, France. Its location up to now has always been Saint Tropez.

Japanese Film Fest promises rare gems

The 13th annual Japanese Film Festival, featuring an acclaimed selection of Japanese cinema that hasn’t been screened in South Africa before, is aimed at enlightening local audiences about Japanese culture and society. This festival will commence on 26 January 2007 at Cinema Nouveau screened by Jameson at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town (26 January-1 February).

CCA delivers poetry and film at World Social Forum

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts will present a provocative line-up of poetry and film at this year's World Social Forum. The WSF, hosted between 20-25 January in Kenya - its first time in Africa - will see more than 80 000 people from global civil society descend on Nairobi to actively engage with the social struggles facing the world today.

Netflix launches Watch Now

The world’s largest online DVD rental service, Netflix, has signed deals with Universal, Sony, MGM, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., New Line and Lionsgate to launch its new online movie service. Disney is not in this line-up as it has its own deal with Apple.

Two Globes for Mirren

While "Babel' took top honours for Best Dramatic film at the 64th Annual Golden Globes held in Los Angeles on 15 January, Dame Helen Mirren won two Best Actress awards, one for playing Elizabeth II in the film "The Queen' and the other for playing Elizabeth I in the TV mini-series "Elizabeth I'.

BAFTA nods for The Queen and Casino Royale

The Queen, Stephen Frears’ controversial film about the Royal Family’s reaction to the death of Princess Diana, has garnered 10 nominations for this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, followed by Casino Royale’s nine nomiations.

Frears tops Cannes jury

Currently the recipient of critical acclaim, awards and nominations for his film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, British director Stephen Frears has been chosen to preside as president of the Jury at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.
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