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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ crumbled 91 percent in its second weekend in China, earning just $2.4 million — a shocking flameout for 2017’s biggest global film. Dwane Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle roared into China over the weekend, racking up a strong $40 million. The Sony tentpole finally toppled runaway Chinese hit The
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The Hollywood blockbusters that went bust, the low-budget underdogs that triumphed and Germany’s inexplicable affection for David Hasselhoff. Even in this world of global homogenization, local tastes matter. The studios, with their worldwide marketing campaigns and day-and-date releases, dominate the international box office, and last year was no exception. But a hit in Hollywood can
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Wrote one Japanese commenter: “The level of consciousness involved in content creation has lowered or disappeared in the era of the internet — and the idiots are increasing.” A Japanese Suicide Prevention organization has joined the chorus of condemnation of YouTube star Logan Paul. Paul, whose YouTube channel counts some 15 million subscribers, was hit
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Forget ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’: Here’s what the rest of the globe will be watching as they ring in the new year. Holiday time means TV time for families around the globe. But not every country has the same year-end TV traditions. In Britain, the obsession is with Christmas commercials.
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This year’s lineup includes a diverse selection of prestige titles and commercially successful action flicks, ranging from Chinese blockbuster ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ to Japanese courtroom thriller ‘The Third Murder.’ Asian Brilliant Stars, the emerging film awards ceremony that runs in tandem with the Berlin International Film Festival, has unveiled its jury and nominees for an
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The Chinese video giant picked up exclusive rights to six Golden Globe-nominated films, also including ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘The Greatest Showman.’ Chinese streaming video service iQiyi has acquired the exclusive online rights to six Golden Globe Award-nominated Hollywood films, including The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Molly’s Game.
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The family-friendly drama will be looking to generate the same positive word of mouth in China that has lifted it to an outsanding $103 million in North America. Lionsgate’s sleeper hit Wonder has landed a theatrical release in China. The family-friendly drama starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay is set to debut in
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Foreign-language Oscar hopefuls ‘Loveless’, ‘Scary Mother’ and ‘Newton’ from Russia, Georgia and India also got honors. Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country has won the best feature honor at the 11th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs) at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday. The win marks the second time that Thornton and an Australian film
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Writer-director Anocha Suwichakornpong has described the critically acclaimed art-house film as an “attempt to deal with the impossibility of making a historical film in a place where there is no history.” Thailand has selected Anocha Suwichakornpong’s ephemeral art-house film By the Time It Gets Dark as its official candidate for the best foreign-language category at
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The incident puts further pressure on the conglomerate’s film studio Le Vision Pictures, which co-produced Matt Damon’s ‘The Great Wall’ and owns a joint venture with former Paramount president Adam Goodman. Troubled Chinese conglomerate LeEco, the parent company of Le Vision Pictures, was plunged deeper into crisis on Tuesday after a Shanghai court froze $182
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At $198 million and slowing dramatically, the last Michael Bay-directed installment in the robot franchise won’t come close to matching its predecessor’s big $330 million China total in 2014. Transformers: The Last Knight continued its precipitous decline at the Chinese box office over the weekend, earning just $30.5 million from Friday to Sunday, a 75
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