China’s TV Maker Buys Bankrupt German Schneider

China’s TV manufacturer TCL announced recently that it has reached agreement on buying the bankrupt German TV maker Schneider Electronics AG for about 8.2 million euros.
According to the agreement, TCL’s subsidiary Schneider Electronics GmbH, purchased the production line, inventory and trademarks of the renowned Schneider and Dual of Schneider Electronics AG, a company with more than 100 years of operation, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year.

TCL will also rent a 24,000 square-meter production facility in Tuerkheim, Germany, to serve as its European manufacturing base. The plant is scheduled to begin operations at the start of 2003.

Li Dongsheng, chairman of the board of TCL International, said the purchase will help TCL to expand its business in Europe, and the Schneider brand will provide TCL with access to its worldwide distribution network.

(Xinhua News Agency October 8, 2002)

Comic Book the Movie

Comic Book: The Movie is a great adventure were we have the passion, a compass, a certain framework of what we want to achieve, but we can’t totally guarantee what’s going to happen at every twist and turn. – Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill Makes His Directorial Debut and Stars in
Creative Light Entertainment’s Comic Book: The Movie
An Improvasional Film Featuring Billy West, Jess Harnell,
Roger Rose, Donna D’Errico, Stan Lee, Sid Caesar,
Jonathan Winters, Chase Masterson and Gary Owens


The project will shoot “LIVE” on August 1- 4 at Comic-Con in San Diego, California and Attendees Will Have the Opportunity To Appear In The Film

Beverly Hills, CA (July 30, 2002) – Cult icon Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Voice of The Joker) is slated to direct and star in Creative Light Entertainment’s fictional mockumentary, Comic Book: The Movie, which will be filmed “LIVE,” on location, at the renowned annual comic book convention, Comic-Con in San Diego, California on August 1- 4. Mark Hamill will don the mask of a fictional documentary filmmaker and plunge into Comic-Con with his crew of crazy characters, played by award winning voice over artists Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy); Jess Harnell (Animaniacs, Lilo & Stitch and Scooby-Doo) and Roger Rose (Rugrats in Paris: The Movie). Revving up the project with their improvisational talents are comedic legend Sid Caesar (NBC’s Your Show of Shows), comic book creator Stan Lee (Spider-man, the Incredible Hulk), Donna D’Errico (Baywatch), Chase Masterson (Deep Space 9, Inhuman), Gary Owens (Laugh In), Tom Kenny (Voice of Spongebob SquarePants), the granddaddy of improv – Jonathan Winters (Mork & Mindy) and many more to be announced. Executive producer Scott Zakarin is excited about this unique project because “Mark Hamill is the perfect guy to direct this film because he is not only a part of this world (Voice of the Joker), but he has an intimate understanding and love for this world. The core of this talented castrepresents the top voice over talent in the industry, all we are doing is cutting them loose.”

In light of the recent and overwhelming success of comic book favorites being adapted for the silver screen (Spider-Man, X-Men) and pending theatrical releases (The Hulk, Daredevil, The Silver Surfer), now more than ever are comics in the general public limelight. In the spirit of Waiting for Guffman, Spinal Tap and Best In Show, the timing is right for Mark Hamill, a staple in the pop culture, to set his satirical sights on the industry that Hollywood is turning to for their latest blockbuster films. This non-scripted mockumentary also celebrates the deep respect Mark Hamill has for the fans, creators, and Comic-Con itself. The film follows the antics of Donald Swan (Mark Hamill), who has just been hired to direct a documentary about his favorite comic book heroes of all time, “Commander Courage & Liberty Ladd.” Armed with the studio’s marketing guru (Roger Rose), a perpetually wasted cameraman (Jess Harnell) and the grandson of “Commander Courage’s” deceased creator (Billy West), Donald heads to the world’s largest comic book convention, Comic-con in San Diego, where they will encounter a reality that no one could have prepared for.

Comic Book: The Movie will be produced by Mark Hamill, Roger Rose, Billy West, Jess Harnell, Kathy Weiss and Eric Mittleman for Creative Light Entertainment. The film will be executive produced by Scott Zakarin, Rich Tackenberg and Peter Jaysen. In addition, similar to what Apple’s Final Cut Pro 3 and Canon did for Steven Soderbergh’s film, Full Frontal, Canon is lending their support to this one of a kind project by providing XL1S cameras and other equipment for the production.

Creative Light Entertainment is a vertically integrated production and distribution company, which has successfully positioned itself as a creative force in the production of high quality genre films. Creative Light Entertainment’s most recent release was acquired by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, is a one-on-one documentary with filmmaker Kevin Smith. This project follows up Creative Light Entertainment’s recent successful release of Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and Showtime’s critically acclaimed television documentary Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy.

Creative Light Entertainment will also be presenting the Mark Hamill Wants YOU in His Movie! panel on Friday, August 2nd at 7PM in Room 6A at the San Diego Convention Center. Mark Hamill, Billy West, Jess Harnell and Roger Rose will begin the panel by discussing the characters they’ve created, the genesis of the project, the challenges of producing it and their past collaborations. This portion of the panel will be highlighted by an exclusive first look at scenes from their upcoming animated fantasy film, Aerotroopers. The rest of the evening will give fans of Mark Hamill the opportunity to be part and appear in his historic mockumentary.


Resident Evil – the Movie Review

Well, right, now that we’ve seen this ‘ighly anticipated film, right, here’s the verdict. Nuffink short of oresome! Oi! Wiv only one or two notable exceptions, video games ‘ave never been successfully converted ter decent movies (remember Tomb Raider?). This will be one of them exceptions.

Starrin’ the captivatin’ Milla Jovovich of Fifff Element and Joan of Arc fame, this flick delivers in spades wot yer’ve come ter expect from the Resident Evil game series. Plot, ffrills, right, chills and scads of zombies ter boot.

Alffough the gore element of the film is at times not as extreme as wot we’ve seen in the games, the overall presentation of the Virus, right, the Hive and it’s infected, hungry inhabitants fully live up ter ffeir pixel counterparts. Right. The plot in this film is exceptionally well written for the genre. Right. And oi, it’s Milla for cryin’ out loud! Oi! There are excitin’ new elements ter the story that didn’t exist in the games, so this is an added bonus.

All the characters are convincin’ and there are some ‘eart-putting the mockers on muments that are sure ter ffrill. Evil Ed gives this movie a 9 out of 10 and it’s a great alternative ter most of the bleedin’ pre-Oscar filler that will be on most of the uvver James Deans. Go spot it. Now. If yer’ve already seen it, right, go spot it again! Oi!

Frieda Darvel – A Singing Angel!

Fredericka ‘Frieda’ Darvel is 18 years old and hails from Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats. She ran away from home three years ago because of ‘problems, problems, problems’ and has been living on the street. She sleeps in Long Street, outside Scoop Furniture Shop. She has a sister Ronelle, who is 21 and also lives on the street. Frieda is always with Magdalene, a best friend.
Not surprisingly, her favourite thing in all the world is singing, and she wants to one day be a famous singer, just like her idols Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston! Frieda is constantly singing, to herself or to anyone who will listen – and she is never short of an audience! Her favourite song is Whitney’s “I believe that children are the future”… she is an inspiration and a beautiful spirit, always with a smile and a voice that would be at home in a choir of angels!

Street Universe is a section 21 company that is committed to building a world (with the help of the community) where all street children and youth are given the support and opportunity to realise their potential and to ultimately make a positive contribution to society. We are in essence trying to find long-term solutions for our street kids, because we believe in them and see their huge potential. The organisation was officially started two years ago by Linzi Thomas who was desperate to find innovative and real solutions for the children that end up on the streets. All we endeavour to do is to provide opportunities for the kids, and the support that will enable them to take advantage of these opportunities. We help the street kids to help themselves. We only work with those kids that have shown a commitment to building a life away from the streets. We believe that it is the collective responsibility of the entire community to get involved and assist in dealing with the issue of street kids, and we recognise and appreciate that we cannot do this alone. At the same time, we want the street kids to interact with the community (such as at the Coca-Coal POPSTARS), which we believe will help to change people perceptions of street kids and will enable them to see the side of the kids that we are privileged to see often – their spark, their talent, their amazing grasp on life, their unlimited potential. If we didn’t believe in these kids we wouldn’t be doing what we do, and we honestly believe that these misunderstood and much-maligned survivors are diamonds in the rough and, if given the chance, will be our future leaders.

Coca-Cola POPSTARS provided the perfect vehicle for some of our aspiring street kid popstars to have the opportunity to get on stage, to strut their stuff, to interact with guys n girls from different backgrounds, to develop and to grow. For kids who are offered little opportunity to shine, it is a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity, and something that young Frieda grasped with both hands. To reach the Cape Town finals and be in the top 50 (out of 900 hopefuls) is an astonishing achievement for a girl who smokes, lives on the street, and has no formal training. Her solo singing in the 2nd round on Wednesday morning reduced the auditorium to tears, as it came straight from the heart. In the afternoon round, nerves finally got the better of our singing heroine mid-way through her duet and she forgot her words and rushed off the stage and firmly into the hearts of the judges and her fellow contestants. The effect she had on everyone was quite unreal – GHFM DJ Sugar called her an inspiration, interviewed her on live radio and spoke about Frieda for her entire show, and two of the judges Nkhensani and Karl were moved to tears by her strength, her talent and her raw deal in life. As for Frieda, she had a ball and couldn’t understand all the fuss that was being made about her. For her it had been a wonderful experience, and a few hours spent with singers and performers who are as passionate about singing as she is!

Filmklubben Parentesen invigde 2002

Med bl a Herräng Dance Camp, som har slagit till igen. Vi kastades in i Tomb Hopper, ett briljant samarbete mellan Chester Whitmore, en svart amerikansk danslärare med glimten i ögat och Parentesens Jan Forssell. Liksom den förra lättsmälta actionfilmen jag såg av samma duo, var den här inspelad på ett dansläger i Herräng, där medlemmarna mellan träningspassen ryckte in som skådespelare. Tomb Hopper bjöd på ett antal dansnummer som var häpnadsväckande bra, bl a en ny variant på Michael Jacksons zombiedans i videon Thriller, men till musik av James Brown. Inspelningen skulle ha gått till så, enligt Jan, att ingen visste vad som skulle hända härnäst, knappt Chester Whitmore själv.

Klitten var en film inspelad i Hi-8 av Leo Carter och Markus Tibbling. Först när det hade gått en kvart av de 36 minutrarna märkte jag till min förvåning att filmen hade varit i svartvitt hela tiden. Parodin om två bröder som återförenas i Norrland fick många att dra på mungiporna. Tankarna gick till Bugsy Malone, om nån kommer ihåg den, för gubbarna såg på tok för unga ut, något som inte drog ner kvalitén. Värt att nämna är dialekten som utövades, en blandning av Rolle Stoltz hooonom och Norrland, alla detaljer som icke matchande kaffekoppar och en rostig järnsäng i trädgården.

Två av Parenteses yngre medlemmar, Alexander Jäätmaa och Rickard Westerlind förgyllde med en väldig kort film, där någon hämnas med att kasta en dartpil åt fel hål, dvs i rakt pannan på den unga kompisen och den litet längre filmen Övervakaren, med roliga fajter.

Doktor Matse var en pseudonym för Mats Gustafsson, när han agerade i Utbildningsradions program som galen professor. Han hade också med sig en kort “bakom kulisserna” av Daniel Fridells Dubbel-8, en berättelse om barn på 50-talet.

Framtidsplanerna bestod i en ny kanal som var under uppbyggnad, samt att sända webb-TV, något som gjorde alla entusiastiska tills någon kom att tänka på PUL, som kan vålla problem vid prisutdelningar mm.

Vi varierade oss med glögg, en och annan psykedelisk musikvideo från Leo Carter och c:o, samt min första videofilm, som trots allt framkallade ett och annat välvilligt skratt, troligen från ordförande Magnus Elmborg, som var konferencier under dagen.


Hur ofta är det sammankomster kring Super-8? Aldrig, trodde jag, ända tills nu. I lördags, fick jag av en impulsmässig uppringning till Filmkubben Parentesen veta att det skulle hållas en fest, där man fick ta med Super-8. – Nej, tänkte jag, jag har ingen kvar av mina gamla filmer. Jag kanske ta med något som är överfört till video, sa jag till ordföranden Magnus Elmborg.

Vi började med att få berättat för oss, hur Parentesen startade, och det var faktiskt som skoltidning för nästan 20 år sedan. Visningen startade med min film, som det inte finns så mycket att säga om, men bröderna Thomas och Bertil skrattade vänligt. Betydligt intressantare var deras rulle “MacGuffin” som bygger på en idé av Alfred Hitccock, där man jagar ett mystiskt paket.

Diskussionerna under filmbytena handlade om fördelar respektive nackdelar om singel-8 och Super-8, och de nämnda bröderna trodde att tryck- plattan fungerade bättre på Singel-8. Jag tror att alla filmerna var på Super-8, utom min; det spelar ingen roll då de går i samma projektor.

När jag så kommer dit, tillsammans med min vän Torbjörn Wigge, som jag lyckades rycka med, så har jag stolt en filmrulle att visa upp. – Den här hittade jag hemma hos min syster, säger jag till den stackars Magnus, som håller på och ställer in storbildsprojektorn, i tron att jag ska komma med en videofilm.

Bröderna Thomas och Bertil hade mycket att visa, bl a fick de sin farfar att vid 92 års ålder spela grov brottsling. Han levde tills han blev 97. De visade också en misslyckad film av en vaktparad, där man ändå kunde rädda en del på ett mästerligt sätt och en påbörjad rulle av ett av tyskarna ockuperat Sverige, där man filmat i centrala Stockholm. Jag frågade om jag kunde få rättigheterna till den, för det vore ju så suveränt att fortsätta på den filmen. Det svarade de inte på.
Ordförande Magnus hade huvudrollen i sin systers film Rolf från 1987, som hade bra foto av Johannes Runeborg. Ett klipp med Magnus där han åt glass, fascinerade många. Torbjörns egna familjefilmer med en bra story istället för tråkiga svepningar och osammanhängande bilder fick avsluta kvällen.

Per, som också kom ny, verkade nöjd; han hade filmat “I dimman” som var en av årets bättre placerade filmer i minutfilmcupen, men han hade aldrig använt Super-8.