week in review digest
Empty'Transformers' bulks up for Imax release
TORONTO — Imax Corp. will screen a supersized version of "Transformers" beginning Sept. 21, ahead of the fall DVD release for the DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures action film, the giant-screen exhibitor said Tuesday (HR 8/22). Toronto-based Imax said it will work with director Michael Bay in digitally remastering "Transformers," which has generated $310 million in domestic boxoffice since its July 3 bow in conventional theaters.
ChoicesUK collapses as vid biz slows
LONDON — In a further indication of the declining fortunes of home entertainment retailers in Britain, Alternative Investment Market-listed ChoicesUK, which owns the U.K.'s No. 2 rental chain, said Tuesday that it plans to go into administration (HR 8/22). An administrator, PricewaterhouseCoopers, was formally appointed Wednesday.
'Valkyrie' extras injured during shooting
COLOGNE, Germany — Ten extras working on the Bryan Singer WWII thriller "Valkyrie" were injured early in the week when they fell off the back of a truck during second-unit shooting in Berlin (HR 8/21). The extras fell when a side panel burst open as the truck drove around a corner in central Berlin. They were rushed to the hospital and one was kept overnight for observation, producers United Artists said Monday. None of the movie's principal production unit, including Singer and star Tom Cruise, was filming when the accident occurred. Filming was halted after the accident but UA said that none of the extras suffered injuries "more serious than cuts or bruises" and it did not expect the mishap to have any impact on the film's production schedule.
Korean firm gives ImaginAsian a lift
SEOUL — One of South Korea's leading movie production companies, Sidus FNH, has agreed to invest $20 million in ImaginAsian Entertainment, a U.S. television and multimedia company specializing in Asian content, the companies said Tuesday (HR 8/22). The equity investment is geared to help ImaginAsian expand its U.S. distribution and production activities in television, VOD, feature films, DVD, music and new media as well as provide the U.S. company with exclusive Korean content including feature films, television dramas and music.
BBC beefs up U.S. newscast with exec hires
NEW YORK — The BBC's first U.S.-based hourlong newscast announced more hirings Tuesday, including a key "Charlie Rose" producer (HR 8/22). Iva Zoric will become senior producer for the as-yet-unnamed broadcast, which will air nightly on BBC America and BBC World News Channel. Zoric will be in charge of the newscast's interviews and panel discussions. Also named Tuesday were Bob Sharpe as lead director and Brian Gottlieb and Kathryn Farrell as producers.