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Record revenue for Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Group, which owns the Pinewood and Shepperton film studios in the UK as well as others in Torornto and Atlanta, has announced record revenues of £75 million for the 2014-15 financial year – a rise of more than 13% over the previous year. The operating profit for the group was recorded as £5.8 million, an increase of 16% on 2013-14.

The group’s chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said in a statement: “Pinewood is a uniquely positioned independent operator and has once again delivered strong growth.” But he again asserted Pinewood’s need for an increase in capacity, saying: : “Although we have hosted the three largest film productions of the year, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the 24th  Bond film Spectre, we continue to be unable to meet all the demand from large films. This will be partly addressed by the first phase of the Pinewood expansion.”

This £200 million scheme will add over 30,000 sq m of studio space over the next 15 years and includes acquiring and building on neighbouring land.

Recent films shot at Shepperton include Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and Into the Woods, while Pinewood Toronto has hosted Suicide Squad and the Robocop remake. Pinewood Atlanta Studios recently saw shooting on its first major production, Ant-Man, and production began there in May on Captain America: Civil War.

Up house set to be demolished

A 115-year-old house that played a key part to play in the Oscar-winning animated film Up is set to be demolished, eight years after its 84-year-old owner won a battle to fight off developers. Edith Macefield made headlines

around the world in 2006 when she refused an offer
of $1 million for her $120,000 tumbledown home in Seattle.

Disney publicists tied multicoloured balloons to the property in 2009 – a year after Edith died -- to promote the release of Up, which is about a

pensioner who refuses to give up in the face of encroaching development and soon sees high rise buildings leaping up to dwarf his home.

The property, in the once run-down but now gentrified Ballard district, recently went through foreclosure and now faces an uncertain future after a would-be buyer backed out. “It has become apparent that the age and condition of the house make it cost prohibitive for anyone to use the house in its current location,” said estate agent Paul Thomas. “The house will either be donated or demolished, then the land will be sold.”

Monopoly movie passes Go

The world’s favourite board game, Monopoly, is heading for the big screen after its owners, toy-makers Hasbro, announced a deal with the Hollywood studio Lionsgate.

Andrew Niccol, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing Jim Carrey's The Truman Show, will write the script, which centres on a boy from Baltic Avenue, one of the cheapest properties in the US version of the game, who uses both Chance and Community cards to make his fortune.

Monopoly was invented more than a century ago and to date more than 275 million copies of the game have been sold in 47 languages.









 


 











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