Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival

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Thailand’s booths are up and running at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, showcasing the latest Thai content for an international audience of fans and buyers in France.

Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival

Ten major Thai content producers have brought over 200 new titles to the event, including feature films and drama series ranging from horror to romance to animation. These include “Ether’s Paradise”, “Cave Rescue”, “The Spirit of Ramayana”, “Lost in the Woods”, “The Lake”, “The Up Rank”, “Coffee Melody”, “Daeng”, and “Start It Up”.

Among the Thai highlights at Cannes is Adisorn Tresirikasem’s fantasy romance “Love Destiny The Movie”.

Culture Minister Ittipol Khunpluem confirmed Thailand will have a strong presence at the May 17-28 festival and accompanying “Marche Du Film” event – one of the world’s biggest content markets.

“Content Thailand” – a team created by the National Audio-Visual Committee, Tourism and Sports Ministry, and Commerce Ministry – is leading the Thai showcase.

The “Thailand Pavilion” in the French Riviera town comprises two booths.

The main booth, in the “Village International” section of the festival, is being run by the National Audio-Visual Committee and Tourism Ministry.

Here, international companies and film fans are busy sampling Thai films, dramas and series as well as the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival (BAFF 2021). Information and contacts for foreign companies interested in shooting their productions in Thailand during Covid are available here.

The booth is also holding film industry seminars, business matching and content negotiations.

The second booth is operated by the Commerce Ministry at the Cannes Palace of Festivals. Here, 10 leading Thai film and video companies have been given a platform to negotiate with international buyers such as Netflix. Minor operators can also join the booth for negotiations and business matching.

Ittipol said Thailand’s showcase at Cannes is part of the country’s 20-Year National Strategy for development. The soft-power push would boost Thailand’s film and video industry while enhancing the country’s reputation and building international relations, he added.

Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival
Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival
Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival
Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival
Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival
Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival
Thailand rolls out over 200 new titles at Cannes Film Festival

Published : May 20, 2022


Depp lawyers question Heard about knife, love notes in defamation case

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Depp lawyers question Heard about knife, love notes in defamation case

Johnny Depp’s attorney grilled the actor’s ex-wife Amber Heard on Tuesday (May 17), producing affectionate notes she wrote during their short-lived marriage to challenge her accounts of frequent violence and bolster the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s case for defamation.

Depp, 58, is suing Heard for $50 million, saying she defamed him when she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. He has testified that he never hit Heard and argued that she was the abuser in their relationship.

During her cross-examination, Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez showed jurors a knife Heard bought Depp as a gift in 2012. Heard, best known for her role in “Aquaman,” said Depp had already turned violent by then and often lashed out at her when he was drunk or using drugs.

“This is the knife you gave to the man who would get drunk and violent toward you?” Vasquez said toHeard, who responded that she did not think he would stab her with it.

Heard, 36, has countersued Depp for $100 million, arguing that Depp smeared her by calling her a liar. She said she only hit Depp to defend herself or her sister.

Published : May 18, 2022

By : Reuters

K-Pop superstars GOT7 ready to entertain Thai fans via live stream 

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New concert organiser CM LIVE is bringing K-Pop sensations GOT7 closer to their fans in Thailand through “Homecoming 2022 Fancon”. 

K-Pop superstars GOT7 ready to entertain Thai fans via live stream 

This pilot project brings CM LIVE, a subsidiary of tech-event creator CMO Group, closer to its plan of becoming a full-service entertainment company.

Its aim is to bring well-known artists to Thailand as well as showcase Thai artists overseas. It also plans to have other entertainment-related businesses under its belt.

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Kitisak Champatippong, CMO Group’s chief executive officer, said this GOT7 event was a great first step for CM LIVE’s journey towards becoming a full-fledged entertainment company because this K-Pop band is very popular in Thailand. Also, GOT7 is coming together for the first time in nearly two years, he said. 

CMO Group is well established in the event-planning industry and also rents out light and sound equipment. 

Meanwhile, the GOT7 event will be streamed live from Seoul’s SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium on May 21 and 22 via the Kavecon platform. Tickets going for 1,180 baht are now available at ThaiTicket Major.

Published : May 13, 2022


Ticket for Justin Bieber in Bangkok offered for THB37m: report

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There’s good news and bad news for anyone who’s seeking a ticket to Justin Bieber’s sold-out concert in Bangkok later this year.

Ticket for Justin Bieber in Bangkok offered for THB37m: report

The good news is that a ticket for the zone closest to the stage is being offered for sale on Facebook. The bad news is that you’ll need 37 million baht to buy it.

That’s according to a post on the SOUNDPOP Facebook page, which provides updates on music concerts in Thailand.

So what kind of seat will 37 million baht – enough to buy a comfortable condo in central Bangkok – buy you?

SOUNDPOP says the ticket being offered is for the AR1 section, the closest that fans will be able to get to their Canadian idol when he takes the stage at Rajamangala Stadium in November.

Tickets to see the Justin Bieber Justice World Tour in Bangkok 2022 went on sale at the box office last Friday morning but were sold out within a few hours.

Ticket for Justin Bieber in Bangkok offered for THB37m: report

Can’t lay your hands on a spare 37 million baht? No problem.

As of press time, resale website viagogo was offering a seat in the same section for a mere 28.58 million baht.

Also available at the same site were around 300 cheaper tickets for other sections of the concert.

The Consumer Protection Board (OCPD) said there are no regulations to control the prices of concert tickets, so they must be fixed via negotiation. However, it added that buyers should be aware of scammers.

The Justin Bieber Justice World Tour in Bangkok 2022 kicks off at Rajamangala Stadium on November 6.

Bieber will also be landing in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo as part of a world tour that spans more than 100 dates across five continents in 2022-23.

Published : May 03, 2022


Tickets for Justin Bieber concert in Bangkok reselling for THB1.6m

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Tickets for Justin Bieber’s concert in Bangkok were being resold for 1.6 million baht apiece after selling out at the box office within hours on Friday.

Tickets for Justin Bieber concert in Bangkok reselling for THB1.6m

Tickets to see the Justin Bieber Justice World Tour in Bangkok 2022 went on sale at 10am on Friday. The organiser revealed that tickets were sold out by 3.30pm.

Fans queued at ThaiTicketMajor outlets as well as jamming its website and that of concert organiser Live Nation. Some bragged they had managed to buy a ticket but most were left disappointed after failing to secure a precious seat for Bieber’s first world tour since 2017.

There were also complaints from the Canadian star’s die-hard fans, known as Beliebers, that scalpers had bought up tickets to resell at a profit.

One Twitter user boasted that they had sold two tickets with a face value of 2,500 baht for 6,500 baht each.

Live Nation got in touch with the reseller on Twitter to warn that tickets for the concert were assets of the organiser and could not be transferred, resold for profit, or used for commercial gain. Live Nation said it reserved the right to cancel tickets with no advance warning or refund.

However, the warning failed to stop tickets being offered for purchase at resale website viagogo.

The highest price paid on viagogo at press time was for an AL4 zone ticket, which fetched 1,622,283 baht.

The Justin Bieber Justice World Tour in Bangkok 2022 will kick off at Rajamangala Stadium on November 6.

Bieber will also be landing in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo as part of a world tour that spans more than 100 dates across five continents in 2022-23.

Published : April 30, 2022


Making a splash on world stage requires govt help, say Thai filmmakers

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Top creators of Thai entertainment content are seeking government support to make a mark internationally and use their products as “soft power” to promote Thailand.

Making a splash on world stage requires govt help, say Thai filmmakers

The subject was part of the agenda at a recent seminar held by the Radio-Television Broadcasting Professional Federation.

Speakers from top film and TV content production companies agreed that government support was necessary if the industry was to be used sustainably as soft power in the global market.

They said the government should come up with clear policies with clear-cut goals for producing Thai entertainment content that can find a following overseas.

Arunocha Phanuphan, TV series producer and managing director of Broadcast Thai Television Co Ltd, cited the soap opera “Buppesannivas” or “Love Destiny” as an example of successful soft-power content.

She said the series created social and economic ripples, influencing many Thais to study history and wear traditional attire. The series was aired on Channel 3 from February to April 2018.

She said the series also quickly became a top trending topic on Twitter, with more than 13 million tweets being posted and re-tweeted. The soap opera also received over 8.3 billion impressions, and help promote tourism.

For instance, she said, the number of visitors to the ancient Wat Chaiwatanaram temple in Ayutthaya grew seven-fold to about 6,000 daily.

The series was also aired in 26 countries and broadcast in 23 countries via Netflix.

The producer explained that content used by the entertainment industry is key to promoting the country. Producers should weave in national art and culture as soft power in the entertainment content, but doing this will require more funding, which is where government support is required.

“Content is king. We must produce quality content that captures the interest of the world audience,” Arunocha said. “But doing this requires a lot of money and the government should support us. Good ideas with poor production quality cannot compete at the international level.”

She added that the government should establish an institution that supports the production and international distribution of Thai entertainment content so the industry can become the country’s key soft power.

Wibul Leeratanakhachorn, CEO of Search Entertainment Co Ltd, said it was about time Thailand used the entertainment industry as the main source of soft power.

He pointed out that TV series focusing on the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) population, called “Y” series, have been a prominent source of “soft power” in the international market. He said “Y” series from Thailand have been screened via several platforms in Asia.

The music industry has also provided soft power, with many young Thai singers making it to the NYC Times Square billboard.

Wibul said a special government agency is required to focus on taking Thai entertainment content overseas.

“Our budget and workforce cannot compare to those of content creators in many other countries. But we have several strong points that can push us to the global level. However, we often find ourselves isolated in the world market, so it’s time the government and members of the industry joined hands for sustainable growth,” Wibul said.

Wanruedee Pongsitsak, creative director and screenplay developer at GDH Co Ltd, said Thai content is being accepted more globally, but not enough good content is being created due to budget limitations and the size of the local market.

Wanruedee cited the film “Bad Genius” that her company produced. She said the film was bought for reproduction by Hollywood, yet Thai film distributors did not even think about pushing it overseas.

“The Thai film market is small and doesn’t have enough purchasing power. The market cannot cover production costs. So, the government should help the Thai film industry grow and use it as soft power to promote the country,” Wanruedee said.

Published : April 12, 2022


Will Smith banned from attending Oscars for 10 years after slap

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Hollywood’s film academy on Friday banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years after the best actor winner slapped presenter Chris Rock on stage at the Academy Awards ceremony 12 days ago.

Will Smith banned from attending Oscars for 10 years after slap

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took the action at a meeting held one week after Smith pre-emptively resigned from the group over his outburst at the live, televised event.

“The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year,” academy President David Rubin and Chief Executive Dawn Hudson said in a statement.

“However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”

In a statement, Smith said, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.” The actor has issued previous statements apologizing to Rock, the Oscars producers, nominees and viewers. read more In addition to the Oscars, the film world’s most prestigious awards, the board banned Smith from all other academy events and programs, in person or virtually, for 10 years.

The group did not say, however, that he would be ineligible to be nominated for Oscars during that time. Smith’s next movie, action thriller “Emancipation,” about a man who escapes from slavery, had been set for release later this year.

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No update on the Apple TV+ (AAPL.O) film has been given since Smith strode up to the stage at the March 27 ceremony after comedian Rock made a joke about the appearance of the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, then smacked Rock across the face.

Less than an hour later, Smith gave a tearful speech on stage as he accepted the best actor award for his role in “King Richard,” portraying the father of tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams. After the ceremony, he was seen dancing at Vanity Fair’s annual post-Oscars party.

Rock’s joke about Pinkett Smith made a reference to the 1997 film “G.I. Jane” in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head. It was unclear whether Rock was aware that she has a condition that causes hair loss.

Dana Harris-Bridson, editor-in-chief of online entertainment publication IndieWire, called the academy’s ban of Smith “too little, too late,” saying the group should have removed the actor from the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre.

After the fact, the academy had few options, particularly since Smith resigned before his membership in the group could be revoked, she said.

“The moment they had was the moment in the theater,” she said.

In the Friday statement, the academy’s leaders said they did not adequately address the situation during the telecast.

“For this, we are sorry,” they said. “This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.”

Shortly after the incident, the academy said it had asked Smith to leave, but details of that statement have been disputed and the actor did stay for the rest of the ceremony.

The academy’s CEO and president also expressed “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances.

“We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast,” they said.

“We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.”

Published : April 09, 2022

By : Reuters

Thailand still top choice among foreign film-makers, film board hears

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As many as 196 foreign films have been shot in Thailand since July last year, generating 6.38 billion baht in revenue for the country, the Tourism and Sports Ministry said.

Thailand still top choice among foreign film-makers, film board hears

The ministry revealed the information at a recent virtual meeting with the Film Board of Thailand, which was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam, Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome said on Monday. The culture minister is the deputy chair of the board.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry told the meeting that its policy of promoting Thailand for foreign films achieved success after the government approved the resumption of shooting under Covid-19 safety measures.

Between July 1 and March 16, 196 foreign films were shot in Thailand, 86 of which had their own production teams. These 86 filmmakers, who came from 33 different countries, created 4.24 billion baht worth of revenue for the country.

The top five countries that used Thailand as a location for their films during this period were India, France, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. However, the three countries that spent the most in Thailand to make films during that period were the United States, Australia and Hong Kong, which spent 1.95 billion baht, 702 million baht and 616 million baht, respectively.

Itthiphol added that the film board also discussed tax benefits that can be offered to promote the use of Thailand as a production base for digital visual effects and animation. The minister said the board expects the value of digital visual effects and animation to double in the next 10 years.

The animation and visual effects industry is worth about US$12.02 billion globally and 97 countries offer tax privileges to draw business, the meeting was told.

Itthiphol said Thailand has some 230 producers of animation and visual effects for films, animation, TV series, advertisements and computer games. These makers have both Thai and foreign clients and generate some 2.87 billion baht in income per year.

The meeting, meanwhile, resolved to have the Culture Ministry work with the Thai Animation and Computer Graphics Association to draft a master plan for tax benefits in a bid to attract more business.

Published : April 04, 2022


Thailand reopens to tourists with jazz, pizzazz and Kenny G

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Best selling American jazz saxophonist Kenny G is scheduled to perform at the “International Jazz and Blues Festival 2022: Wonderful Night Kenny G” in Hua Hin on May 7.

Thailand reopens to tourists with jazz, pizzazz and Kenny G

The event was announced at a press conference on Thursday hosted by Neekrung Connect along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Singha Corporation, True Arena Hua Hin and Homey.

The concert, featuring Kenny G and other jazz and blues artists, aims to boost tourism in line with the country’s reopening policy.

Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, TAT’s deputy governor for marketing communications, said the event’s aim is to push Thailand’s soft power under the 5Fs and 4Ms namely, food, film, fashion, festival, fight and music, museum, master and meta.

The highlight of the event will be a 90-minute performance by saxophonist Kenny G, who has a Grammy, American Music Award and a couple of Soul Train Music Awards under his belt.

The festival will also feature a special reunion performance by international jazz band Dragonfly as well as a Melodic Corner set up by jazz label Muzik Move.

Thailand reopens to tourists with jazz, pizzazz and Kenny G
Thailand reopens to tourists with jazz, pizzazz and Kenny G
Thailand reopens to tourists with jazz, pizzazz and Kenny G

Published : April 01, 2022


Game on! Microsoft rolls out PC Game Pass in Thailand for only Bt3

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Thailand’s gamers get access to PC Game Pass for the first time from today, as Microsoft rolls out a preview of its “Netflix for video games” across Southeast Asia.

Game on! Microsoft rolls out PC Game Pass in Thailand for only Bt3

Players who register for the PC Game Pass preview will get access to a library of over 100 high-quality games including new Xbox Game Studios releases on day one, Bethesda games, and an EA Play membership.

Those who join the preview in the Xbox Insider app can trial the PC Game Pass for 3 baht during the preview period. Participants will also be invited to share their feedback so improvements can be made across the service.

PC Game Pass launched in 2019 in partnership with the PC gaming community.

“At Xbox, our mission is simple, to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet. Bringing PC Game Pass to new countries in Southeast Asia is an important part of how we will achieve this as we strive to reach billions of players,” said Jeremy Hinton, Xbox Asia business lead.

PC Game Pass includes Minecraft, Forza Horizon 5, Age of Empires IV, Sea of Thieves and Microsoft Flight Simulator, among others. This includes new Xbox Game Studios titles on day one like Halo Infinite, as well as iconic franchises like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls from Bethesda Softworks, independent games and blockbusters. EA Play is also included with the service, featuring some of the world’s biggest franchises including FIFA, Battlefield, The Sims and Mass Effect.

“PC Game Pass features a large library of high-quality titles from diverse game studios, with experiences from every genre. Xbox Insiders will get the first opportunity to experience the value that PC Game Pass offers, and we look forward to making the service available to more gamers soon.”

The PC Game Pass preview is also being rolled out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam.


Published : March 29, 2022