Small Fraction of British Films Turn a Profit
Of 613 British films from 2003-2010, only 7% were profitable, according to figures presented by the BFI's David Steele at the Screen Film Summit. The figures paint a critical portrait of British film, particularly low-budget ones: just 3.1% of films with budgets of £500,000 or less became profitable. Even at the higher end, there seem to be problems, with well under a fifth of films with budgets of more than £10m turning a profit.
Rita Ora in Fifty Shades Of Grey
Singer Rita Ora has won a role in Fifty Shades Of Grey, the film to be based on EL James's best-selling erotic novel. The 23-year-old singer will play the sister of the male star of the story, Christian Grey. Ora revealed the news to her fans on Twitter, saying: "It's official! I've been cast in Fifty Shades Of Grey as Christian's sister Mia." British actor Jamie Dornan is set to play Grey in the movie adaptation, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Britney Spears Sets For Las Vegas Residency
Britney Spears has been given an immoderate welcome as she prepares for her £18m two-year residency in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old star will debut her show, Piece Of Me, on December 27 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in time for the city’s large New Year crowds. The “Oops I Did It Again” singer will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015, including her top hits and more recent material.