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Ron Howard’s Thai Cave Rescue Film ‘Thirteen Lives’ Heads To Australia For March Shoot

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Imagine Entertainment and MGM will roll cameras on Ron Howard’s upcoming drama Thirteen Lives, based on the 2018 Thai caves rescue incident, in Australia next March.

The Australian government is injecting AUD $13M into the project, which will use Queensland’s Gold Coast to double for Thailand.

Thirteen Lives is based on the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of a boys’ soccer team, who were trapped for days with no supplies and decreasing oxygen levels. A group of divers from all over the world came together to retrieve them.

Producers are Brian Grazer, P.J. van Sandwijk, Gabrielle Tana and Karen Lunder.

Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the production is expected to inject more than AUD $96M into the economy, directly creating around 435 jobs for cast and crew, as well as an

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Ron Howard’s Thai Caves Rescue Film ‘Thirteen Lives’ to Shoot in Australia

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives,” based on the 2018 Thai caves rescue mission, will start filming in March in Queensland, Australia.

Australia will provide A$13 million ($9.6 million) to MGM and Imagine Entertainment towards the production, with Queenland’s Gold Coast hinterland doubling up for Thailand.

Produced by Oscar-winner Brian Grazer, P.J. van Sandwijk, Gabrielle Tana and Karen Lunder, “Thirteen Lives” follows the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of a boys’ soccer team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding. After the team was stuck for days with no supplies and falling oxygen levels, a group from all over the world came together to work with the people of Thailand to save the boys. Among those experts were a group of divers from the U.K. and Australia.

“Over the years, I’ve both enjoyed and creatively benefitted from

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Thai YouTuber MindaRyn Talks Debut as a J-Pop Anime Singer: Interview

MindaRyn spoke with Billboard Japan’s Takanori Kuroda to elaborate on why she was drawn to Japanese anime culture, the difficulty and significance of singing anime songs in Thailand, and to share her excitement about making her anime singer debut in the Japanese market.


I hear you used to watch Japanese anime from a young age because of your father.

Yes, he was a big fan of [rock band] X Japan and loved Japanese anime and culture. Lots of Japanese anime is broadcast on TV in Thailand, so I used to watch programs such as Doraemon, Pokémon, and Digimon.

Japanese anime is fascinating, with a myriad of genres and stories. As I took in these programs, I naturally gained an appreciation of the songs that accompanied them. And now it’s even easier to access Japanese anime thanks to platforms such as Netflix, so it’s very convenient.

What do

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Thai protesters mass again despite violence

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thousands of Thai protesters took to the streets of Bangkok on Wednesday despite the worst violence in months of demonstrations the day before, when police fired water cannon and tear gas and at least 55 people were hurt.

Youth-led protests since July have become the biggest challenge to the establishment in years with their demands for the ousting of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a new constitution and reforms to curb the monarchy’s powers.

“We will resist peacefully,” Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul told the protest in central Bangkok. “The use of force on people and youths is not acceptable.”

In parliament, where lawmakers voted on seven options for ways to change the constitution, a proposal that would have opened the way for discussion of the monarchy’s role failed to win enough votes for approval.

Two proposals were adopted that would allow for discussion of

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Thai protesters rally again, promoting a diversity of causes

Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand have rallied again, promoting a diversity of causes and taking an opportunity to display their rejection of the country’s power structure directly to the monarch

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand rallied again on Saturday, promoting a diversity of causes and taking an opportunity to display their rejection of the country’s power structure directly to the monarch.

Some 20 groups called the rally at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument under the name “Mob Fest” as the latest in a series of protests calling for significant reforms in government.

The core demands of the main student-led protest movement are that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha step down, the constitution be amended to make it more democratic, and the monarchy be reformed to be made more accountable.

The

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Thai Court Disqualifies Opposition Lawmaker in Media Shares Case

(Bloomberg) — A court in Thailand has disqualified an opposition lawmaker from parliament, boosting the government’s majority.

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The Constitutional Court on Wednesday found Tanwarin Sukkhapisit — a transgender lawmaker from Move Forward party — guilty of breaking rules meant to prevent politicians from owning shares in media firms. The court also barred her from being a member of the parliament.

The court upheld the status of 29 lawmakers from ruling parties and 28 from opposition parties in Wednesday’s rulings, saying the companies in which they held shares weren’t considered firms that produce news or other media-related content.

The ruling coalition currently has about 65 more seats than the opposition in the Lower House.

Thai Government Has Lost Public’s Trust, Banned Leader Says

Tanwarin, a former film director, has worked to push for gender equality and same-sex marriage in Thailand.

In November, her party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, one of

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Thai police probe media, as thousands again defy protest ban

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police said on Monday they had ordered an investigation of four news outlets and imposed curbs on messaging app Telegram under emergency measures to try to stop protests, but thousands of people defied a ban on demonstrations for a fifth day.

The announcement of the media investigations prompted accusations of an attack on press freedom by the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former junta leader the protesters are seeking to drive from office.

Thousands of protesters gathered at an intersection in Bangkok chanting “keep fighting”, in the latest demonstration in three months of protests that have also called for reforms to the monarchy.

“This action takes away people’s rights to information,” said 19-year-old Jin, who like many protesters was only willing to give one name.

The government ordered a ban on news and online information that could affect

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Thai Police Probe Media, as Thousands Again Defy Protest Ban | World News

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police said on Monday they had ordered an investigation of four news outlets and imposed curbs on messaging app Telegram under emergency measures to try to stop protests, but thousands of people defied a ban on demonstrations for a fifth day.

The announcement of the media investigations prompted accusations of an attack on press freedom by the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former junta leader the protesters are seeking to drive from office.

Thousands of protesters gathered at an intersection in Bangkok chanting “keep fighting”, in the latest demonstration in three months of protests that have also called for reforms to the monarchy.

“This action takes away people’s rights to information,” said 19-year-old Jin, who like many protesters was only willing to give one name.

The government ordered a ban on news and online information that could affect

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Transit shutdowns fail to deter Thai pro-democracy protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city’s mass transit systems.

Unlike protests a day earlier, which saw police using water cannons to keep the protesters at bay, Saturday’s demonstrations were peaceful, with no reports of any clashes by the time participants started heading home in the evening.

The protesters are calling for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to leave office, the constitution to be amended to make it more democratic and the nation’s monarchy to undergo reform.


All stations of Bangkok’s elevated Skytrain transit system were closed Saturday afternoon to try to keep protesters from gathering. The underground MRT system was also shut, and police blocked off several roads.

Protesters met anyway as planned at the Skytrain stations, where they held small impromptu rallies,

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