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The Hollywood Reporter released its fourth Berlin Film Festival daily issue, featuring a breakdown of China’s new indie theater network, a chat with Alex Gibney about his cyber-espionage doc Zero Days and a first look at J.K. Simmons’ upcoming film with Emile Hirsch.
China Warms Up to Indie Titles
China’s box-office boom has been fueled by, and benefited, Chinese and Hollywood blockbusters, with few indie or alternative films even getting into the country, much less making any money. But a source close to SAPPRFT, China’s state authority that regulates the country’s film sector, tells THR that there are plans to develop just such an indie theater network in China’s so-called “first tier” cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The project, expected to roll out in the first half of 2016, would bring together private and public cinemas in a network totaling some 50 screens.
From Scientology to Cyber-Espionage
For Alex Gibney’s latest feature, Zero Days — on the dangers of cyber-espionage revealed by the Stuxnet computer hack of 2010 — the documentary filmmaker has swapped Scientology’s litigious legal team for the dark hats of government-backed hackers. Speaking to THR, Gibney reflected on the hidden “doomsday” threat of cyber-war and Scientology’s ongoing campaign against him and many others involved with Going Clear: “The church has lived up to its reputation.”
An Unlikely Pairing
THR unveiled a first-look image of The Runaround, which stars J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as a workaholic father who travels to Los Angeles to visit his daughter (Analeigh Tipton) only to find her missing. He begrudgingly teams up with his daughter’s ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) to find her. Gavin Wiesen (The Art of Getting By) is directing the film from a script by Seth W. Owen.
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