Kuching-born James Wan to produce ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ TV series

Kuching-born James Wan to produce ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ TV series

Amazon has given a series order to their planned adaptation of the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer, Variety has learned. Development of the series was first reported last year. The YA series is described as a modern take on the hit 1997 horror film. In a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night. Like the film, the project is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. "The best horror franchises always have another scare coming, and this I Know What You Did Last Summer series from Sara Goodman is a perfectly twisted update to the iconic slasher movie," said Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television for Amazon Studios. "Any way you slice it, our global Prime Video customers will love this modern take on the fan favorite film." Goodman will write and executive produce. Shay Hatten, Erik Feig, Original Film's Neal Moritz and Pavun...
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Why James Wan Was The Right Choice To Direct A Castlevania Movie

Why James Wan Was The Right Choice To Direct A Castlevania Movie

James Wan recently let it slip that he was attached to a live-action Castlevania movie; his career proves he's the perfect choice for this movie. James Wan revealed he was temporarily attached to a Castlevania feature film; he’s the perfect director for the job even though the video game franchise hasn’t come to life as a live-action movie yet — here's why. Many video game franchises tackle undead monsters, but Castlevania has become a staple of the industry. The ongoing saga of the Belmont family against Dracula and his evil army is the perfect material to get the feature film treatment. Although he’s yet to tackle vampires, James Wan has turned into one of the biggest filmmakers in horror, and has built an incredibly eclectic career that has embraced many different varieties of genre filmmaking since he started. Wan has not only had a hand in the creation of popular horror franchises like Saw and Insidious, but he’s also built his own connected universe of movies that stem from the success...
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Malaysian-born director James Wan makes it to 100 most powerful people in entertainment list

Malaysian-born director James Wan makes it to 100 most powerful people in entertainment list

PETALING JAYA, Oct 17 — Kuching-born Australian filmmaker James Wan has landed a coveted spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment 2019 list. The Aquaman director who is best known for The Conjuring supernatural horror films was placed at No. 80, marking his debut on the list. According to the showbusiness magazine, this year’s list is the most diverse yet. The 42-year-old director-producer, who is based in Los Angeles, California, earned a spot on the list thanks to a deal with indie production house Starlight Media. “A financing pact with Starlight Media allows him to make edgier fare; once he wraps indie Malignant, he’ll focus on Aquaman, working on the sequel to his US$1.1 billion (RM4.6 billion) DC hit,” The Hollywood Reporter published. The list also featured quick-fire questions with Wan where he was asked to name the best or worst thing about the current merger mania that is sweeping across Hollywood. “The fun thing is seeing different worlds and characters cross into each other’s stories and the possibilities of IPs...
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M’sian wins New Talent Award

M’sian wins New Talent Award

A MALAYSIAN filmmaker has been recognised as one of the best new directors at the National Film Festival For Talented Youth in the United States, reported Sin Chew Daily. Mickey Lai, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting (Hons) from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, was presented with the New Talent Award for her film The Cloud Is Still There (pic). The short film was part of Lai’s coursework in completing her master’s degree in Film and Television Production at London’s MetFilm School. It tells a story of a Christian woman and her relationship with her Taoist mother, which is based on Lai’s life experiences. Lai said she wanted to highlight the different ways the mother and daughter prayed to God in a bid to save the terminally-ill grandfather. “I wanted to explore the conflict in many Malaysian Chinese households with different beliefs. I wanted to produce a film that tugs at the heartstrings of viewers, ” she said. The Cloud Is Still There won...
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Western Digital to spend another RM2.3bil in Malaysia, cumulative investment rise to RM18bil [NSTTV]

Western Digital to spend another RM2.3bil in Malaysia, cumulative investment rise to RM18bil [NSTTV]

https://youtu.be/tO9-jbT1Z04 KUALA LUMPUR: American hard disk drive manufacturer and data storage company Western Digital will invest an additional RM2.3 billion to expand its presence in Malaysia. The new investment will take Western Digital's total investment to almost RM18 billion since establishing its operations in the country in 1973. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO), in a statement, said the additional investment was agreed upon during a meeting between Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Western Digital (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Syed Hussian Aljunid today. The PMO said the new investment would be used to expand the facilities and capacity of Western Digital's plants in Penang and Sarawak,. This would benefit the country's economy and provide employment to more than 2,000 people, it added. The new investment by Western Digital reflected the government's ability in managing the economy and bringing back investors' confidence despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the PMO said. Muhiyiddin welcomed any company wanting to invest in a high-impact and technology-based industry here, it added. "The government...
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Tambahan pelaburan Western Digital bukti keupayaan kerajaan urus ekonomi – PMO

Tambahan pelaburan Western Digital bukti keupayaan kerajaan urus ekonomi – PMO

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Nov -- Keupayaan kerajaan dalam menguruskan ekonomi dan keyakinan pelabur terhadap pentadbiran dan kestabilan negara ketika dunia masih berdepan pandemik COVID-19 terbukti apabila terdapat syarikat yang berminat menambah pelaburan di negara ini. Western Digital Sdn Bhd, syarikat pengeluar peralatan storan digital terkemuka memutuskan untuk menambah pelaburan sebanyak RM2.3 bilion bagi meningkatkan kemudahan dan kapasiti pengeluaran syarikat itu di Malaysia. "Perkara itu dipersetujui semasa pertemuan antara Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dengan Pengerusi Kumpulan Operasi Western Digital Malaysia, Datuk Dr Syed Hussian Aljunid, hari ini. "Ini menjadikan nilai keseluruhan pelaburan Western Digital di Malaysia berjumlah hampir RM18 bilion," demikian menurut Pejabat Perdana Menteri dalam satu kenyataan hari ini. Pelaburan baharu itu akan diperuntukkan untuk memperluaskan fasiliti dan kapasiti kilang di Western Digital Media Pulau Pinang dan Western Digital Sarawak. Perdana Menteri yang berbesar hati dengan pelaburan tersebut mengalu-alukan mana-mana syarikat untuk melabur dalam industri berimpak tinggi dan berteraskan teknologi di negara ini. "Pelaburan tambahan oleh Western Digital membuktikan keupayaan kerajaan dalam mengurus ekonomi dan keyakinan...
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Western Digital tambah pelaburan RM2.3 bilion di Malaysia

Western Digital tambah pelaburan RM2.3 bilion di Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Pejabat Perdana Menteri mengesahkan Western Digital Sdn Bhd menambah pelaburan sebanyak RM2.3 bilion bagi meningkatkan kemudahan dan kapasiti pengeluarannya di negara ini. Katanya, ini menjadikan keseluruhan pelaburan syarikat pengeluar peralatan storan digital terkemuka itu di Malaysia berjumlah hampir RM18 bilion setakat ini. Pejabat Perdana Menteri berkata, pelaburan itu dipersetujui semasa pertemuan Perdana Menteri, Muhyiddin Yassin dengan Pengerusi Kumpulan Operasi Western Digital Malaysia, Syed Hussian Aljunid hari ini. Katanya, pelaburan tambahan itu membuktikan keupayaan kerajaan dalam menguruskan ekonomi dan keyakinan pelabur terhadap pentadbiran serta kestabilan negara ketika dunia masih berdepan penularan Covid-19. “Pelaburan baru itu akan diperuntukkan untuk memperluaskan fasiliti dan kapasiti kilang di Western Digital Media Pulau Pinang dan Western Digital Sarawak. “Pelaburan tambahan ini akan memberi manfaat ekonomi kepada negara, selain membuka peluang pekerjaan kepada lebih 2,000 penduduk tempatan,” katanya dalam kenyataan hari ini. Pejabat Perdana Menteri berkata, Muhyiddin mengalu-alukan syarikat melabur dalam industri berasaskan teknologi dan berimpak tinggi di Malaysia. “Kerajaan melalui Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia dan agensi...
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PANDei e-Pelancongan Course-Sarawak’s small step towards community based tourism

PANDei e-Pelancongan Course-Sarawak’s small step towards community based tourism

KUCHING, Nov 5: The launch of ‘e-Pelancongan’ online learning programme is Sarawak’s small step towards sparking off interests among the people in a community-based tourism in the state. Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee said the free-ofcharge four-module online course is now available for everyone to access and participate. “These modules are now available not only to Grab drivers but to everybody including taxi drivers, schools students or housewives. “You can all learn through this program on how to become an ambassador of Sarawak’s tourism as you know more about the cities like Kuching, Sibu and Miri,” he said. He further introduced that the four modules in the course which are only available in Malay language at the moment are tourism awareness, responsible tourism, business events and Sarawak Tourism Ambassador Program. Hii also revealed that more modules would be added in the future and they would come in multiple languages such as English and Mandarin. Meanwhile, he said tourism...
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Motac, Statos forge tourism partnership

Motac, Statos forge tourism partnership

KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture (Motac) and the Sarawak Trade & Tourism Office Sarawak (Statos) are engineering the mechanisms of an early strategic partnership to get a jump start on reviving future Singaporean tourist arrivals to Sarawak, with full reactivation to begin once the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Motac and Statos will explore ways to tap the lucrative Singaporean market, with further tinkering and branding efforts on niche tourism areas in Sarawak that may spark special interest for Singaporeans. “Alignment of our complementary resources and intelligence means that the Ministry and Statos can look forward to a healthy strategic collaboration that will shape and accelerate future tourism outcomes from Singapore,” said Minister of Motac, Datuk Sri Nancy Shukri today. “Via development of lucrative ‘niche tourism’ areas – such as trade linked tourism and food tourism – Sarawak stands to buoy its tourism economy and develop new sources of employment by the end of the pandemic. Such areas are certainly promising...
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South Koreans keen in setting up factories in Sarawak — Riot

South Koreans keen in setting up factories in Sarawak — Riot

KUCHING: A group of South Korean investors have expressed interest to invest in setting up factories in Sarawak, said Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to East Asia Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem. In a statement issued yesterday, Riot said this was conveyed to him by members of South Korean business community in Malaysia at his office in Putrajaya yesterday. He said four proposals were presented during the meeting, with two of them to set up factories in Sarawak. The proposals are for aluminium pellet production plant, nitrile rubber glove production plant, ammonia processing plant and medical and testing kit production plant. Riot, who is also Serian MP, however did not specify which of those proposals are for Sarawak. “Our meeting touched on their suggestion on increasing South Korean investment in Malaysia. Indeed, there have been many giant companies already investing and setting up factories in Malaysia including Samsung, Hyundai Daelim, Titan and others,” he said. Riot also said he suggested to investors from South Korea to build...
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