EmptyOn the Radar
The Edinburgh International FIlm Festival will play host to a new section, Under the Radar, designed to highlight and celebrate "cult" films. Organizers said that the new section will screen six titles, including three U.S. titles: Robert Beaucage's horror-romance "Spike"; Alex Orr's directorial debut, "Blood Car," and Rona Mark's Pittsburgh-set "Strange Girls."
Singapore director Eric Khoo is joining forces with local studio MediaCorp Raintree Pictures on the biopic "Chinese Rose," based on the life story of a famed '50s-era cabaret dancer turned striptease queen Rose Chan. "Rose" is Khoo's first project since "My Magic," which will compete at Cannes.
A big Tudou
China's top video-sharing site, Tudou.com, announced $57 million in new financing Monday. Investors include IDG, Granite Global Ventures and General Catalyst, all of which have invested in the company previously. The new funds will be used to increase bandwidth and add servers.
Back for seconds
Warner Bros. Pictures India's second Bollywood co-production will unspool Sept. 12. Comedy "Saas Bahu Aur Sensex" (Mother-in-law, Daughter-in-law and the Stock Market Index) is co-produced with Mumbai-based PLA Entertainment. WBPI first forayed into local production here with "Chandni Chowk to China," a co-production with filmmaker Ramesh Sippy.