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THAILAND

Entertain Golden Village (EGV), the pioneer in Thai multiplex cinemas, launched EGV Grand Discovery today.

EGV, a joint venture of Australia’s Village Roadshow, Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest Holdings and Thai cinema moguls the Poolvaralux family, is the largest exhibitor in Thailand, with 15 locations and 180 of Bangkok’s 300 screens.

The new $11 million seven-screen complex seats 1,688 and is complete with a Movie Walk — a Thai and Hollywood movie art-themed area.

Two theaters are “gold-class” cinemas with an in-theater bar and waiter service in each 40-seat auditorium. The complex will cater to corporate clients interested in exclusive theater events and screenings.

AUSTRALIA

Writer-director Gregor Jordan has clinched a three-film first-look deal with Miramax Films.

It is only the second such deal the mini-major has made with an Oz-based helmer after inking a similar pact last year with Victorian College of the Arts graduate Robert Luketic on the strength of a short film he had made.

Jordan’s feature debut, “Two Hands,” bowed for global sales agent Beyond Films at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Last week, the Heath Ledger-Bryan Brown starrer had a promising Oz debut for local distrib REP Films.

SOUTH AFRICA

American director Spike Lee will be one of the judges at this year’s South African filmmakers awards to be held near Johannesburg on Aug. 28, organizers MultiChoice said.

Prizes will be awarded for direction, cinematography, script, sound and editing. The South African premiere of Lee’s latest movie, “Summer of Sam,” will be held while he is in the country.

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