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The Disney and Lucasfilm tentpole will open simultaneously in the world’s two largest film markets, North America and China. Han Solo has charted his course for China.  Disney and Lucasfilm’s hotly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story has locked down its release date in the world’s second-largest box-office territory. The stand-alone Star Wars film will descend…
April 19, 2018
The move comes as the monthly movie ticket subscription service MoviePass continues to grow. Online movie ticketing service Fandango is launching a first-ever rewards program that will allow members to amass points before redeeming a $6 credit that can be used for a movie ticket or other Fandango offerings. Fandango announced the program in advance…
April 17, 2018
Scandals involving shows in Brazil, Israel and the Philippines highlight the challenge for the streaming giant as it tries to grow internationally while staying above the local political fray. Netflix has long since gone global. The majority of the Netflix subscribers are already outside the United States and that global gap is only going to…
April 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ added $13.9 million for a China total of $192.8 million after three weekends. Dwayne Johnson’s action-adventure Rampage made a strong start in China over the weekend, chalking up a hearty $55 million. The film opened on some 21,500 screens, claiming nearly 70 percent of the full weekend box office.…
April 16, 2018
The slot is a coup for Paramount, given the rarity of horror releases in the massive Chinese market. Paramount’s horror-thriller A Quiet Place is ready to make some noise at the Chinese box office. The high-concept hit has been cleared by Beijing’s censors and given a Middle Kingdom release date of May 18, a theater chain manager…
April 12, 2018
The extreme sports media company is teaming with space explorers to do a new moon shot, which will be broadcast live worldwide. Soft-drink giant and extreme sports group Red Bull is planning the world’s first private moon shot. Teaming up with Berlin-based commercial space exploration company PTScientists, Red Bull will launch a robotic space mission…
April 10, 2018
He is best known for his superhero series, including The CW’s ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash’ and ‘Supergirl.’ Producer Greg Berlanti, whose credits include The CW’s hit superhero series Arrow and The Flash, will be honored with this year’s International Emmy Founders Award. Berlanti, who holds the record for most shows on U.S television networks at the…
April 09, 2018
The Warner Bros. sci-fi tentpole is gathering steam in the world’s second-largest film market, thanks to rave reviews and a long holiday weekend. Riding rave local reviews and effusive word of mouth, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One surged past the $100 million mark in China on Thursday. It’s now clear that the Middle Kingdom will…
April 05, 2018
The U.K. public broadcaster has, as previously unveiled, combined its commercial and production operations under one roof. The BBC has officially unveiled its new-look commercial arm, BBC Studios, while also unveiled a further push into China as it looks for production opportunities in the growth market.  BBC Studios had previously been the name of the…
April 03, 2018
The director’s return to sci-fi popcorn fare has been boosted by effusive word of mouth in the world’s second-biggest film market. Steven Spielberg, progenitor of the modern blockbuster, finally has a big box-office win in China, the world’s soon-to-be-largest movie market. Ready Player One, his self-proclaimed return to popcorn fare, rocketed to a strong $61.7…
April 02, 2018
“We are excited to offer MoviePass customers access to our Landmark Theatres,” says Cuban. Ticket subscription service MoviePass has added Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theatres to the list of cinemas its customers can utilize. Landmark’s parent company is Wagner/Cuban Companies, a cluster of media properties co-owned by Cuban and Todd Wagner. MoviePass customers going to Landmark…
March 27, 2018
The Steven S. DeKnight-directed sequel opened well ahead of Guillermo del Toro’s first film and scored Hollywood’s second-best debut in the Middle Kingdom so far this year. Legendary and Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising romped its way to a strong $65 million start in China over the weekend. The Steven S. DeKnight-directed sequel opened 44 percent…
March 26, 2018
Ryan Coogler’s global monster hit is the fifth biggest debut ever for a superhero title in the world’s second-biggest movie market. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has completed the final leg of its global victory tour with a heroic opening weekend in China. The Marvel Disney tentpole pulled in $66.5 million from Friday to Sunday, the…
March 12, 2018
The joint venture between ‘Babylon Berlin’ producers Beta Film and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises will develop, finance and produce English-language drama for the international market. Emmy-winning producer Frank Doelger (Game of Thrones, John Adams) will head up Intaglio Films, a new joint venture between Babylon Berlin producers Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of…
February 19, 2018
Palme d’Or Winner Cristian Mungiu will produce the thriller, about a group of Romanian hackers who target a German bank. HBO Europe has greenlit Hackerville, a six-part cyber-crime thriller set in Germany and Romania, as its first international co-production. Hackerville was created by Ralph Martin and Joerg Winger of German production house UFA Fiction, both…
February 16, 2018
Studio blockbusters including ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Despicable Me 3’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ helped drive record box-office results in the U.K. and strong performances in France and Russia. Cinema admissions ticked up slightly in Europe last year, according to official figures released Wednesday by the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body…
February 14, 2018
He also helped guide the careers of Richard Dean Anderson, Joan Collins, Mindy Cohn and ‘Hollywood Medium’ Tyler Henry. Ron Scott, the Hollywood publicist who represented David Hasselhoff, Richard Dean Anderson and John Stamos during their days as young soap opera stars, has died. He was 74. Scott died Saturday at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center,…
February 13, 2018