The U.K. film industry is throwing its weight behind the most ambitious anti- piracy drive yet by aiming to "make London a fake-free zone" by the 2012 Olympics. The campaign will be formally announced today and is being led by the MPA and U.K. Film Council.
WEST COAST DEAL
West Coast Film Partners has struck a deal with Numenorean Films to finance as many as five features over three years, beginning in 2009. The pics, in the $2 million-$4 million range, will kick off with "The King," written and to be directed by Numenorean co-chairmen Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman.
Tasha Smith, who most recently appeared in "The Long Shots," has been cast in Universal's ensemble comedy "Couples Retreat." … Michael Kelly, ("Changeling") has joined the cast of Darius Film's "Defendor."
UCLA and the Taiwanese United Fund will present the first Los Angeles Taiwanese Film Festival from Dec. 12-14 at UCLA's James Bridges Theatre in Westwood. The program will include "Cape No. 7," Taiwan's Oscar submission in the foreign- language film category.