Fox taps Two for Senior Studio Roles. Senior VP and VP of production Named.

Twentieth Century Fox has tapped Kira Goldberg and Jason Young to join the studio’s senior ranks, filling a gap left by the departure of three senior executives last year.

Goldberg comes from DreamWorks where she served as a production executive, while Young come from Zac Efron’s production shingle Ninjas Runnin’ Wild.

Goldberg will serve as senior VP of production, while Young will hold the title of VP of production. Both join the studio’s current senior staff of Lauren Levy, Jeremy Kramer, Steve Asbell and Peter Kang, all of whom report to production prexy Emma Watts.

Studio has scouted potential hires since the departure of execs John Fox, Steven Puri and Drew Crevello last year.


Canne’s Opening Film Announced

Rufus Norris’ Broken, starring Cillian Murphy and Un Certain Regard jury president Tim Roth, is opening Cannes‘ Critics’ Week section this year. A closing-night film has not been announced.

Celebrating its 51st running, the  sidebar is coming off of a strong 2011 showcase for rising talent. Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter took the top Critics’ Week prize in 2011, and this year he is in the official competition with Mud. Also in 2011, Australia’s Justin Kurzel was given a special mention for Snowtown, which went on to win six Australian Film Institute prizes, while Valérie Donzelli’s Declaration Of War opened the section and became France’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar. This year’s Critics’ Week runs May 17-25. Here’s the list of contenders:

OPENING FILM Broken, dir: Rufus Norris (UK)

COMPETITION FILMS Aquí Y Allá, dir: Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spain-US-Mexico) Au Galop, dir: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (France) Les Voisins De Dieu, dir: Meni Yaesh (Israel-France) Hors Les Murs, dir: David Lambert (Belgium-Canada-France) Peddlers, dir: Vasan Bala (India) Los Salvajes, dir: Alejandro Fadel (Argentina) Sofia’s Last Ambulance, dir: Ilian Metev (Germany-Croatia-Bulgaria) SPECIAL SCREENINGS Augustine, dir: Alice Winocour (France) J’Enrage De Son Absence, dir: Sandrine Bonnaire (France-Luxembourg-Beligum)

SHORT- AND MEDIUM-LENGTH FILMS La Bifle, dir: Jean-Baptiste Saurel (France) Ce N’Est Pas Un Film De Cow-Boys, dir: Benjamin Parent (France) Circle Line, dir: Shin Suwon (South Korea) O Duplo, dir: Juliana Rojas (Brazil) Family Dinner, dir: Stefan Constantinescu (Sweden) Fleuve Rouge, Song Hong, dir: Stéphanie Lansaque & François Leroy (France) Hazara, dir: Shay Levi (Israel) Horizon, dir: Paul Negoescu (Romania) Un Dimanche Matin, dir: Damien Manivel (France) Yeguas Y Cotorras, dir: Natalia Garagiola (Argentina)

20 Year Light Bulb is for Real

Newser) An energy-saving light bulb capable of staying in service until 2032 hit the market yesterday to coincide with Earth Day. The LED light bulb—which won a $10 million US government eco-bulb prize—originally had a hefty $60 price tag but manufacturer Philips has arranged discounts and rebates to bring the price down to $25 in some areas, reports the BBC.

 “Consumers are no longer looking at a product that will last just six months to a year, they are looking at a product that is much more efficient and will be with them for decades,” a Philips exec says. Even at $25, the bulb may be a tough sell to strapped consumers, but its maker says it will save consumers $165 in energy costs over its lifetime—and if it replaced every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the US, the country would save $3.9 billion in electricity in just one year.

E-Paper to Launch

Electronic Paper Will Launch In Europe Next Month



As of next month you’ll be able to buy an electronic paper display (EPD) to read your newspaper on courtesy of electronics company LG. This digital paper will have a six inch display with a 1024×768 screen and will be 0.7mm thick or “as slim as cell phone protection film.” It can bend at an angle of 40 degrees and weighs 14g.

The idea is that it’s more durable (it’s scratch resistant and can be dropped from a height of 1.5 metres) and thinner than lugging around an e-book, will consume less electricity, and will be cheaper because of this.

E-paper is one of those futuristic devices that when you pictured the future as a kid, you’d see people sitting around reading in the back of a flying taxi. And now it’ll be here (in Europe anyway) in under a month.