This week’s Entertainment news

Strong week in the UK Box Office for kids’ movies

With schools breaking up last Friday for the Easter holidays, family films dominated the top 3 on the UK Box Office charts.
Waltzing in to the top sport was Cinderella (debut £3.80m) ahead of Home and The SpongeBob Movie.
Also in the top 5 was Insurgent, which also features
a strong female at the forefront just like Cinderella and Home.
Great week for girl power!!!

Also entering the Box office this week at number 4 was Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart which when premiered at SXSW was labelled as
‘racist & homophobic’ humour. The controversy doesn’t seem to have hurt the box office takings with a UK debut of £1.44m.


UK Tax Breaks for video games that pass a British ‘cultural’ test
Like many countries, the UK has long offered tax incentives to films filmed in their territory. Now the UK has a similar offering for Video Games as long as they pass a test of Britishness.

BFI administers a “cultural test” for the government to determine if a video game can be considered British enough to qualify for a tax break. Essentially, if developers can prove that the zombies
in their game have a burgundy passport, they might be eligible for a financial helping hand from the government.

The BFI has a 31-point test to determine just how British a game is.
The test awards points to games set in the UK, or if the main
characters are British. Games based around British subject matters such as British novels / plays or events will also be awarded points.
The test also includes points for companies that are based in the UK, or employ British workers.

According to HMRC, the tax break that video game companies could be looking to receive is between 18.4% – 20%.

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Pinewood to raise £30m for studio expansion plans
The Pinewood Group is to raise £30m to part-fund the expansion of its Buckinghamshire site in the UK.
The expansion plans are intended to address “capacity constraints” by doubling the existing capacity through the addition of 323,000 square foot of studios and stages, including three studios of 40,000 sq ft.


Sound of Music stars reunited for film screening
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, the stars of Sound of Music have enjoyed a reunion for the 50th Anniversary screening of the film.
The pair, who played governess Maria and Captain Von Trapp respectively in the 1965 musical movie, posed for pictures in Hollywood, ahead of the showing of the film’s remastered version.
Dame Julie (now 79) and her 85 year old co-star discussed the film’s appeal and said that anyone involved at the time could have imagined how successful it was.
The Sound of Music’s anniversary milestone is being honoured by 20th Century Fox with the release of a five-disc Blue-Ray/DVD collection and re-released soundtrack.