Russian billionaires Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich will be the subject of an upcoming Warner Brothers movie. It will be based on the book “Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs — A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder.”
James Cameron, director of disaster and dystopia films such as Terminator, Titanic and Avatar, has acquired an option for the film rights to "Last Train from Hiroshima." The book recounts the tales of survivors of the first atomic attack.
Avatar became the fifth movie to gross more than $1 billion. Director James Cameron's other blockbuster, Titanic, took in $1.8 billion. Avatar is gaining ground on number two grosser "Return of the Kings," which made $1.13 billion.
The U.S. box office take for 2009 was $10.6 billion. That came from 1.42 billion admissions, up year over year, but down from the modern record of 1.6 billion in 2002.
The Hollywood Reporter leads its overview of current Asian cinema with the saga of "Harishchandrachi Factory," the biography of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of India's film industry. "Factory" has been submitted to the foreign film Oscar competition.