Netflix is acquiring the rights to Roald Dahl’s books

Steve Dent

Netflix is acquiring the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and rights to the author’s entire catalog, including classics like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, the company announced. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed (and are subject to regulatory approval), but three years ago Netflix paid “nine figures” for … Read more

Biopic ‘Kikka!’ to Spotlight the Many Faces of Finnish Pop Singer

Biopic 'Kikka!' to Spotlight the Many Faces of Finnish Pop Singer

Pop singer Kikka, a.k.a. Kirsi Hannele Viilonen, who passed away in 2005 at just 41 years old, will finally get her due in the upcoming biopic being produced by Helsinki’s Komeetta. Founded by producers Daniel Kuitunen and Kaisla Viitala, the production company’s slate already includes Zaida Bergroth’s “Maria’s Paradise,” shown in Toronto in 2019, and … Read more

Sonic Hedgehog Protein Pathway Stimulation Could Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease

Sonic Hedgehog Protein Pathway Stimulation

A new study from Malave et al. suggests that in the brains of L-Dopa-treated Parkinson’s patients the lack of Shh signaling to cholinergic neurons results in L-Dopa induced dyskinesia. Credit: Santiago Uribe-Cano Researchers at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the CUNY School of Medicine find that increased signaling of the protein could suppress debilitating involuntary … Read more

Tollywood Drugs Case: Actor Tarun Kumar Appears Before ED in Connection With a Money-Laundering Probe

Tollywood Drugs Case: Actor Tarun Kumar Appears Before ED in Connection With a Money-Laundering Probe

he Enforcement Directorate’s probe in connection with a money laundering probe linked to four-year-old drugs case allegedly involving some Tollywood personalities entered the final phase with actor Tarun Kumar on Wednesday appearing before the central agency. He reached the ED’s zonal office here around 10 a.m. in response to the notice served by the agency … Read more

Pamela Tola on Her Documentary About Finnish Pop Star Alma

Pamela Tola on Her Documentary About Finnish Pop Star Alma

The spectacular rise of green-haired Finnish pop star Alma has inspired one of Finnish Film Affair’s most buzzy documentaries in progress, “Alma – Who Am I?” Finnish director and actor Pamela Tola spoke to WM Leader about her film. Produced by Helsinki production company Lucy Loves and Oskari Huttu, and being pitched at the Helsinki … Read more

‘Silent Land’ Helmer Aga Woszczynska on Migrant Crisis

'Silent Land' Helmer Aga Woszczynska on Migrant Crisis

Polish filmmaker Aga Woszczyńska – together with co-writer Piotr Litwin – started to work on the script of her first feature film “Silent Land” in 2016, and notes that since then, her film – which centers on the world’s response to migrants – has sadly become even more timely. Set in Italy, the slow-burning drama … Read more