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‘The Sandman’ Season 2 Casts Remaining ‘Endless’ Siblings of Tom Sturridge’s Dream: Delirium, Destiny and ‘The Prodigal’ - variety.com - city Sandman - city Sanjeev
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20.05.2024 / 14:13

‘The Sandman’ Season 2 Casts Remaining ‘Endless’ Siblings of Tom Sturridge’s Dream: Delirium, Destiny and ‘The Prodigal’

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer Wake up, fans of “The Sandman,” we’ve got some Season 2 news for you: The Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel series has cast the final three siblings in the “Endless Family” of Tom Sturridge’s Dream — Esmé Creed-Miles as Delirium, Adrian Lester as Destiny and Barry Sloane as “The Prodigal.” In “The Sandman” comic book series, The Prodigal is the estranged Endless sibling named Destruction, but Netflix has taken care to label Sloane’s role as “The Prodigal,” which is the way the character is referred to throughout the first volumes of the story. The three new castings point to “The Sandman” Season 2 covering the graphic novel’s iconic installment, “Season of Mists.” The trio of new “The Sandman” Season 2 actors will join the Endless siblings returning from Season 1: Death (Kirby), Desire (Mason Alexander Park), Despair (Donna Preston) and Dream, The Sandman himself.

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin - variety.com - South Korea - Thailand - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore - city Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines - city Busan - Mongolia
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20.05.2024 / 13:17

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The 27-member European Film Agency Directors Association and the Asian Film Alliance Network, which was established this time last year and currently has seven members, have agreed to work together on topics of common interest and to jointly develop a better world film ecosystem. At a meeting this week held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, EFAD and AFAN promised to enhance understanding and collaboration between Asian and European national film agencies. Topics included: dialog on policy and regulations; the development of the film industry in both regions; and addressing new media and challenges ahead. Separately, the founding AFAN members convened for a closed-door roundtable discussion on May 16.

Korea Box Office: ‘IF’ and Other New Releases Make Little Impact as ‘The Roundup: Punishment’ Hits $75 Million - variety.com - South Korea - North Korea
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20.05.2024 / 03:37

Korea Box Office: ‘IF’ and Other New Releases Make Little Impact as ‘The Roundup: Punishment’ Hits $75 Million

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Local blockbuster, “The Roundup: Punishment” extended its dominance of the South Korea theatrical box office for a fourth weekend. That lifted its cumulative total to a powerful $75 million. “Punishment,” the fourth part of a brutal action comedy film franchise produced by and starring Don Lee (aka Ma Dong-seok), earned $3.05 million between Friday and Sunday, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

In ‘Blue Sun Palace,’ U.S.-Made Critics Week Charmer, Constance Tsang Reframes the Chinese Immigrant Tale With Empathy – and a Stellar Cast - variety.com - China - New York - county Queens
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19.05.2024 / 05:41

In ‘Blue Sun Palace,’ U.S.-Made Critics Week Charmer, Constance Tsang Reframes the Chinese Immigrant Tale With Empathy – and a Stellar Cast

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief First-time feature director Constance Tsang makes a splash in Cannes with “Blue Sun Palace,” the first U.S. film in Critics Week that is in the Mandarin Chinese language. Set in a massage parlor, staffed with Chinese immigrants, in Queens, New York, the melodramatic film tells of how the romantic relationship between a man and a woman is disrupted by a sudden disappearance. Tsang was careful to avoid stereotypes and to be true to the community that she grew up in and observing. But the feature effort was also a big step up from the short films she cut her teeth on. Underlining that point, she amassed a powerful cast of leading Chinese-speaking actors, including Lee Kang-sheng (“What Time Is It There” and a dozen Tsai Ming-liang films), Wu Ke-xi (“Nina Wu,” “The Road to Mandalay”) and rising Mainland China star Xu Haipeng.How did you jump from a succession of short films into your first feature? I would say that jumping into the feature is exactly what happened.

Hoshi Studios, East-West Manga Incubator, Launched by Through the Lens Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Singapore
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18.05.2024 / 05:59

Hoshi Studios, East-West Manga Incubator, Launched by Through the Lens Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Through the Lens Entertainment, the East-West film studio that made a splash at Cannes last year, is expanding into manga. It has launched Hoshi Studios, a manga development and publishing startup with outposts in Singapore and Japan. The outfit will create teams combining western film and TV talent with established Japanese manga artists to create books and other comic-book properties.

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly break silence after arrival of baby Wilder - www.ok.co.uk - Britain - city Santander
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17.05.2024 / 13:23

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly break silence after arrival of baby Wilder

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly broke their social media silence this morning for the first time since Ant's first child - son Wilder - was born earlier this week.The pair, who share the same social media account, did their first post since the seismic news that the Geordie presenter and his wife Anne-Marie had welcomed a baby boy.The ITV duo appeared on video taking a trip to a primary school, where they have been giving a talk to young children as "Mr Ant and Dec" and shared it to Instagram. However, the pair failed to make reference to the fact Ant, 48, is going to be a regular at primary school soon enough himself after his son Wilder Patrick was born.

Jeremy Clarkson named UK and Ireland’s ‘Sexiest Man’ ahead of Tom Holland and Cillian Murphy - www.nme.com - Britain - Ireland
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16.05.2024 / 16:29

Jeremy Clarkson named UK and Ireland’s ‘Sexiest Man’ ahead of Tom Holland and Cillian Murphy

Jeremy Clarkson has been named the UK and Ireland’s sexiest man for the second year running, beating the likes of Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland and Idris Elba.The Clarkson’s Farm star scored an impressive nine out of 10 points in the annual poll conducted by Illicit Encounters, which proclaims to be “the best online dating site for married people”.Entering the UK’s top 10 for the first time was Spider-Man star Tom Holland, who came second with a score of eight out 10. Completing the top three is the Prince of Wales, who has shot right up after coming near the bottom of the list last year.The annual Sexiest Man poll from Illicitencounters.com takes votes from 2,000 of its female members.

Retro Asian Sex Help Prescribed by Netflix’s ‘Doctor Climax’ – Trailer - variety.com - Thailand
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16.05.2024 / 05:07

Retro Asian Sex Help Prescribed by Netflix’s ‘Doctor Climax’ – Trailer

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Netflix probes issues of sex education and societal taboos in Asia back in the 1970s in new series “Doctor Climax,” which it will upload from June 13. Supposedly drawn from real events, the show’s central character is a skin doctor who dreams of becoming a novelist. In the meantime, he moonlights as a newspaper sex-help columnist operating behind a pseudonym.

Thai Action Film ‘The 24’ Launched by New Sales Firm Boz Pictures at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Thailand - Japan - Hong Kong - city Bangkok
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15.05.2024 / 07:59

Thai Action Film ‘The 24’ Launched by New Sales Firm Boz Pictures at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Female stunt performer Wiriya Caesar will step up into the lead performer role in upcoming Thai action film “The 24.” The film project is being launched this week in the Cannes Market by new international sales firm Boz Pictures. Wiriya (aka Porntip Wiriya, aka “Fan”) has previously been a stunt double for Mary-Elizabeth Winstead in “Kate” and Golshifteh Farahani in “Extraction,” and has other credits on “Thirteen Lives” and “Hidden Strike.” In “The 24” she will star as an assassin who wakes up with a time bomb strapped to her body. She has clear instructions to kill a hit list of 24 members of the Bangkok underground, with each successful hit buying her more time alive. Caesar is joined in the cast by Japan’s Sakaguchi Tak (“Re:Born,” “One Percenter,” “Versus”), Dan Chupong (“Ong Bak 1 &2,” “Born to Fight”), Sunny Pang (“The Night Comes for Us,” “Headshot” and Gareth Evans’ upcoming “Havoc”) and Simon Kook (“Ip Man 3,” “Mayhem”). The film, which will shoot in the fourth quarter of this year, is written and directed by Lee Thongkham (“The Maid,” “The Lake,” “Kitty the Killer”).

‘Civil War’ Set for Mainland China Theatrical Release - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Belgium - Washington - Portugal - Finland
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15.05.2024 / 02:41

‘Civil War’ Set for Mainland China Theatrical Release

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Alex Garland’s critically-acclaimed “Civil War” has confirmed a theatrical release in mainland China. Marking the first A24 production to be released in China, it will arrive in cinemas from June 7. Huahua Media took rights to the film for China. Tech and entertainment giant Alibaba will also be partnering with Huahua throughout the release. Depicting a dystopian future America, the film’s story follows a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach Washington DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Thailand - city Bangkok
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14.05.2024 / 07:41

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Chatchai Chinnasri and Nattawut Sanyabut, two stars from runaway Thai hit film “The Undertaker,” are reunited on upcoming supernatural horror film “Night Shift.” The new film, directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”), centers on an upcountry graveyard worker who finds himself haunted by spirits in an abandoned building in Bangkok. The film is directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”) and is now in advanced pre-production ahead of a June start of production. Delivery is anticipated in March 2025.

Korea Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Opens Second as ‘Roundup: Punishment’ Wins Third Weekend - variety.com - South Korea - Japan - North Korea
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13.05.2024 / 02:13

Korea Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Opens Second as ‘Roundup: Punishment’ Wins Third Weekend

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” opened in second place at the South Korean weekend box office, a distance behind local holdover title “The Roundup: Punishment.” “Punishment,” the fourth part of Don Lee’s “Roundup” action franchise, dominated proceedings for the third weekend in succession. It earned $5.53 million and advanced its cumulative total to $67.7 million, according to Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Vietnam’s Skyline Media Inks Pre-Cannes Deals on Southeast Asian Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Vietnam - Cambodia - Hong Kong - Burma - Taiwan - city Busan - Laos
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09.05.2024 / 10:05

Vietnam’s Skyline Media Inks Pre-Cannes Deals on Southeast Asian Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Skyline Media, a leading Vietnamese studio, is getting ready for Cannes with a string of sales on its local and Southeast Asian film sales slate. Since appearing at FilMart in Hong Kong in March, Skyine has licensed Cambodian horror title “The Night Curse of Reatrei” to Taiwan’s Cai Chang International and to Exponenta Film for the CIS region.

‘Noise’ Sales Resonate for Korea’s Finecut – Pre-Cannes Market Deals - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - Italy - Thailand - Austria - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Greece - Czech Republic - Berlin - Cyprus - Slovakia - Taiwan - city Sangsoo
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09.05.2024 / 09:39

‘Noise’ Sales Resonate for Korea’s Finecut – Pre-Cannes Market Deals

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korean sales firm Finecut has inked multiple deals for horror thriller “Noise” and for “A Traveler’s Needs,” the recent Berlin prize-winner directed by Hong Sangsoo.“Noise” is a “multi-sensory and realistic horror” film that intertwines societal motifs of “floor noise” with suspenseful elements. Directed by Kim Soo-jin, the film centers around a woman with a hearing aid haunted by inexplicable sounds linked to her sister’s disappearance in her own apartment and attracting a malevolent presence.

Chemicals in flavoured vapes could be highly toxic when heated, says new study - www.dailyrecord.co.uk - Ireland - Japan
dailyrecord.co.uk
08.05.2024 / 18:09

Chemicals in flavoured vapes could be highly toxic when heated, says new study

Scientists have moved one step closer to uncovering the health implications of e-cigarettes, as new research claims that chemicals in vapes could become highly toxic when heated.

‘The Major Tones’ and ‘Time to Be Strong’ Claim Jeonju Film Festival’s top Prizes - variety.com - South Korea - Argentina - North Korea - Berlin
variety.com
08.05.2024 / 11:55

‘The Major Tones’ and ‘Time to Be Strong’ Claim Jeonju Film Festival’s top Prizes

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea’s second most important generalist film festival, on Tuesday announced “The Major Tones” and “Time to Be Strong” as the Grand Prix winners of its two competition sections. The festival continues until Friday. Directed by Argentina’s Ingrid Pokropek, “The Major Tones” is a mystery film about a youngster with a metal plate in her arm which begins to receive peculiar messages in Morse Code. It premiered at the Mar del Plata festival and also played in Berlin’s Generation KPlus section.

Olivia Colman and John Lithgow Lead LGBTQ Family Heartwarmer ‘Jimpa,’ Launching at Cannes Market From CAA and Protagonist - variety.com - Australia - France - New Zealand - city Amsterdam - county Bryan - Finland - county Mason - city Helsinki, Finland
variety.com
07.05.2024 / 13:17

Olivia Colman and John Lithgow Lead LGBTQ Family Heartwarmer ‘Jimpa,’ Launching at Cannes Market From CAA and Protagonist

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Olivia Colman and John Lithgow head the cast of “Jimpa,” a multi-generational family tale involving a nonbinary teenager and her mother who take a trip to see their gay grandfather. The Australia- and Europe-set film is directed by Sophie Hyde, whose most recent film was the breakout “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.” The film is now in its third week of production in Amsterdam and will later shoot in Adelaide, Australia and Helsinki, Finland. Rights to the film are being handled by Protagonist Pictures in much of the world and by CAA Media Finance in North America, with sales kicking off at the Cannes Market next week.

Video Streaming Subscriptions Reach Record Levels in Southeast Asia, Representing Rebound – Report - variety.com - Thailand - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore - Philippines
variety.com
07.05.2024 / 04:47

Video Streaming Subscriptions Reach Record Levels in Southeast Asia, Representing Rebound – Report

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The video-on-demand streaming sector in Southeast Asia delivered record subscription numbers and subscription revenues in the first quarter of the year, according to a new study. Those trends represent recovery after a tough 2023. Data from consultancy firm Media Partners Asia and its AMPD research affiliate showed VOD usage at a barely changed 96.3 minutes in the five Southeast Asian countries studied (Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia). Total paying subscriptions reached 48.5 million, representing net additions of 652,000 quarter-on-quarter and 1.6 million year-on-year.

Prince Archie turns 5! Special gifts, phone call to grandpa Charles and party in the sunshine with Doria - www.ok.co.uk - Britain - London - California - county King And Queen - city Portland - county King George
ok.co.uk
06.05.2024 / 14:29

Prince Archie turns 5! Special gifts, phone call to grandpa Charles and party in the sunshine with Doria

He may be sixth in line to the British throne, but Prince Archie's upbringing in Montecito, California is world's away from the centuries of Kings and Queens he descends from. Today, as Archie turns five, just how might the young royal be celebrating? "I wish we knew more about little Archie", former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond tells OK!.

Inside Prince Archie's 5th birthday: From phone call to grandpa Charles, party with Doria and presents - www.ok.co.uk - Britain - London - California - city Portland
ok.co.uk
06.05.2024 / 13:59

Inside Prince Archie's 5th birthday: From phone call to grandpa Charles, party with Doria and presents

Even though he was born in at the Portland Hospital in London, Prince Archie has spent very little time in the UK and is being raised in Montecito, California. Despite this, Archie remains sixth in line to the throne and is officially known as Prince Archie of Sussex. As he celebrates his fifth birthday on Monday, 6 May, just how might the young royal mark his special day? "I wish we knew more about little Archie", former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond tells OK!.

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