Weekly International Update: LaBeouf Circling Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' to Premiere in Venice
5:37 PM PDT 8/10/2012 by THR Staff
Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy beat Brangelina in France, while James Cameron launches a 3D firm in China. Here's The Hollywood Reporter's look at the top media stories making headlines across the world this week.
Dujardin, Lamy Named Most Popular Couple in France
Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin and his wife actress Alexandra Lamy who were voted most popular couple in France according to a poll from Harris Interactive for Gala magazine. The star couple took 17 percent of votes, ahead of real royalty, second place winners Kate Middleton and Prince William, compatriots Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet and Michelle and Barack Obama, all of whom tied in third with 12 percent of votes. Far behind was the top Hollywood couple on the list, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, with 9 percent of vote.
James Cameron Launches 3D Venture In China
Hollywood "King of the World" James Cameron is looking to be the 3D King of China. The director's Cameron Pace Group has signed a joint venture agreement in China to promote 3D filmmaking, develop the availability of the necessary equipment and provide training. Cameron said the success of his films Avatar and Titanic in China proved that the Chinese movie-going audience loves 3D. Cameron has said he is considering partnering with China for sequels to Avatar.
Chinese Sitcom Rips Off 'Friends'?
Popular Chinese twentysomething sitcom Ipartment, has come under attack from viewers who accuse its writers of ripping off jokes and plotlines from popular U.S. sitcoms, including Friends, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. Critics of the show, which only recently began reaching a bigger audience in China, posted subtitled screenshots showing the similarities. Ipartment producers admitted that the show contained jokes from "various sources" but claimed it was "a homage" to American sitcoms.
Elton John Sues Murdoch-owned The Times For Libel
Elton John has sued The Times of London, a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, for libel after the paper linked the pop star to a tax avoidence film investment scheme. The front-page story on the "secrets of the tax avoiders" referenced John and said one of his former accountants was a provider of such tax schemes. After he complained, The Times printed a small correction but John is demanding damages for the paper's alleged defamation.
Gael Garcia Bernal Is Locarno's Youngest-Ever Career Award Winner
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, 33, has become the youngest-ever actor to win a lifetime achievement award at the Locarno International Film Festival. Bernal received this honor this week, ahead of the festival screening of Pablo Larrain’s No, in which Garcia stars. "I feel I still have room to grow," the diminutive Bernal said, accepting the honor. “Perhaps not in terms of height, but in terms of experience.
Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' To Premiere In Venice
Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology-inspired film The Master will premiere at the Venice Film Festival, organizers announced this week. The production, the special "surprise film" that rounds out Venice’s slimmed-down competition lineup this year, will screen Sept. 1. Anderson will be on hand for the premiere, though it is not clear which members of the cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams would be on the Venice Lido for the screening.
Muse, Spice Girls and The Who To Play Olympic Closing Ceremony
Pop band Muse, singers Kate Bush and George Michael and veteran rockers The Who are among the musical acts expected to light up Sunday's star-studded Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Spice Girls will reunite for the event, with the British media tipping Adele and The Pet Shop Boys as further possibilities. Paul McCartney is also expected to make an appearance to sing another Beatles hit following his role in the Opening Ceremony.
Olympics A Ratings Flop in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro will be inheriting the Olympic mantle from London for the Games in 2016 but in Brazil, coverage of this year's Olympics has been a flop. Commercial channel Record TV paid around $30 million for the rights to air coverage of the London Olympics, the first time the Games have not gone to Brazil's number one channel Globo TV. But even without the sport, Globo beat out Record in the ratings, coming first with a 13.2 percent share, compared to Record TV's 5.1 percent.
Shia LaBeouf In Talks For Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'
Shia LaBeouf has set his sights on Danish director Lars von Trier's ambitious erotic drama Nymphomaniac, which is set to begin production in September. The Transformers star is in talks to join a cast led by Charlotte Gainsbourg. The erotic drama, which also features Stellan Skarsgard, will shoot entirely in Germany. Von Trier is shooting the project as two full-length films and is planning a hard and soft core version of each.
French Publisher Accuses Canadian Hit 'Starbuck' Of Plagiarism
French publisher Jean-Claude Gawsewitch isn't laughing at Canadian comedy hit Starbuck, which he accuses of plagiarism, claiming the film was based on the 2007 book Spermatofolie, written by Guillaume Cochin.Gawsewitch says the film was based on the 2007 book Spermatofolie, written by one of his authors Guillaume Cochin. Both stories feature a main character struggling in life who discovers he has fathered hundreds of children via artificial insemination.
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, who finished second behind teammate Usain Bolt in the 100-meter final Sunday, has fallen foul of the Olympic branding police after he wore a Richard Mille wristwatch during his silver medal run. The International Olympic Committee said it will look into reports that Blake's watch might violate sponsorship rules that ban athletes from brandishing the logos of companies that are not official Olympic sponsors.