UK film in tax scam,award withdrawn
LONDON: A US film festival has withdrawn an award given to a British movie about a Gulf War veteran seeking justice after a London court jailed five people for making the movie as part of a $4.3 million tax scam. Tax inspectors were told that A-listers from Hollywood would be starring in a 19.6 million pound production.
Global box office sales up,China helps
LOS ANGELES: Hollywood had a hit year in 2012,both internationally and domestically,as global box office ticket sales rose 6 per cent to $34.7 billion,fueled in part by a big spike in China that made the country the largest international market. Both the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners,which released the yearly figures,said the overall strength reflected the fact that the top releases spanned several genres,from action movies like The Avengers to historical dramas like Lincoln.
Chicken coops book wins title award
LONDON: A book offering advice on how to protect chicken coops from goblins has won the Oddest Book Title of the Year award,organisers of the contest said on Friday. Goblinproofing Ones Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley and Clint Marsh attracted 38 per cent of 1,225 online votes to beat craft manual How Tea Cosies Changed the World with 31 per cent to win the 35th annual Diagram Prize.
Storing snow for Winter Olympics
SOCHI: While Moscow digs itself out of a huge snow storm,organisers of the Winter Olympics are worried a lack of white powder could become a problem next February. Unseasonably warm temperatures this winter have forced organisers to store 450,000 cubic metres of snow in the nearby Caucasus mountains that surround the Black Sea resort.