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Why David Shin’s Disney+ Crime Thriller ‘House of the Owl’ Is a Test Run for Hollywood-Style Recurring Series Made in Japan - variety.com - Japan - Tokyo - North Korea - county Patrick - Hong Kong - Taiwan
variety.com
18.04.2024 / 13:15

Why David Shin’s Disney+ Crime Thriller ‘House of the Owl’ Is a Test Run for Hollywood-Style Recurring Series Made in Japan

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief While multiple Korean TV series have connected with global audiences, Japan’s production committees, terrestrial broadcasters and talent agencies have kept their TV industry tightly focused on a local market. Anime and variety have long remained the Japanese TV industry’s best-known exports, while the premium end of the spectrum has largely escaped Japanese producers.

Jenna Dewan Eager to Settle Legal Standoff With Channing Tatum Amid Engagement to Steve Kazee - www.justjared.com
justjared.com
17.04.2024 / 08:59

Jenna Dewan Eager to Settle Legal Standoff With Channing Tatum Amid Engagement to Steve Kazee

A source is speaking out about Jenna Dewan‘s legal standoff with Channing Tatum and how it is affecting her relationship with fiance Steve Kazee.

Comic Book Platforms Marvel Unlimited and Viz Manga Extend Cooperation Into Digital Promotion (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Tokyo
variety.com
16.04.2024 / 15:17

Comic Book Platforms Marvel Unlimited and Viz Manga Extend Cooperation Into Digital Promotion (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Online comic book platforms Marvel Unlimited and VIZ Manga are to begin cross-promotions that are aimed at expanding fandom in the genre. The move follows the 2022-23 collaboration between Marvel Comics and Viz Media that extended stories from the Marvel comics universe into the Japanese manga format, in a handful of titles. Subscribers to the VIZ Manga digital service can now access titles featuring fan-favorite characters including “Deadpool: Samurai,” “Wolverine: Snikt!,” “Spider-Man: Fake Red” and “Marvel’s Secret Reverse.” Later in the year other Marvel-manga crossover titles will be added including “Spider-Man: Octo-Girl” and “X-Men: The Manga: Remastered.” To launch their cross-platform cooperation, VIZ Manga and Marvel Unlimited will offer each other’s U.S.

China Box Office: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Reaches $93 Million After Second Weekend - variety.com - China - Japan
variety.com
15.04.2024 / 02:51

China Box Office: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Reaches $93 Million After Second Weekend

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Oscar-winning Japanese animated fantasy “The Boy and the Heron” held on to top spot at the mainland China box office to record a second weekend win. The film, which opened triumphantly on April 3, in time for a family-oriented long weekend, fell steeply in its second, non-holiday, frame. It earned $12.8 million (RMB90.6 million), according to data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway.

Korea Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Opens on Top, Deposes ‘Exhuma’ - variety.com - South Korea - Japan
variety.com
15.04.2024 / 02:51

Korea Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Opens on Top, Deposes ‘Exhuma’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Kung Fu Panda 4” took top spot at the South Korean box office becoming the film that finally pushed aside local champion “Exhuma,” which had dominated for seven consecutive weeks. But it was an understated victory, rather than a triumphant one, and the exhibition industry’s $5.6 million nationwide haul was among the lowest scoring weekends this year. “Kung Fu Panda 4” earned $2.81 million between Friday and Sunday with a 50.1% market share. Over its full five day run since a Wednesday opening, it enjoyed a $5.96 million total. “Exhuma” slipped to second place in its eight weekend of release.

Tribeca Enterprises Sets Date and Speakers for First European Edition of the Tribeca Festival - variety.com - Manhattan - Portugal - county Atlantic - county Ocean - city Lisbon, Portugal
variety.com
11.04.2024 / 11:07

Tribeca Enterprises Sets Date and Speakers for First European Edition of the Tribeca Festival

Jack Dunn Tribeca Enterprises, SIC, the Portuguese broadcast company, its streaming service OPTO and the City of Lisbon have unveiled the first-ever European-edition of the Tribeca Festival, which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from Oct. 17-19. The festival will kick off with an opening night celebration followed by a two-day event on Lisbon’s waterfront.

Taiwan’s Showtime Adds Fleet of ScreenX Theaters – CinemaCon (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Las Vegas - Taiwan - city Taipei
variety.com
09.04.2024 / 13:47

Taiwan’s Showtime Adds Fleet of ScreenX Theaters – CinemaCon (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Showtime, Taiwan’s second largest cinema chain, is to open eight ScreenX auditoriums across the island. Developed by Korea’s CJ group of companies, ScreenX is cinema technology that expands specially selected sequences of a film onto the left-and-right-side walls of the auditorium, creating a 270-degree panoramic experience. The first four theaters are expected to be completed before summer this year in northern, central and southern Taipei. The others will be completed by mid-2025. Among the first sites, Taichung Wenxin will bring both the inaugural ScreenX auditorium and the first EWD laser 4K projection system to Taiwan.

China Box Office: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Earns $73 Million in Five-Day Opening - variety.com - France - China - South Korea - Japan
variety.com
08.04.2024 / 02:45

China Box Office: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Earns $73 Million in Five-Day Opening

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Oscar-winning Japanese animation film “The Boy and the Heron” earned a chart-topping $34.9 million between Friday and Sunday at the mainland China box office. Over its full five-day opening run, it took an even more spectacular $73 million. China was the last major territory to play the Studio Ghibli-produced fantasy in cinemas – it released in its native Japan in July and is imminently headed to streaming in many other territories – but that did not stop Chinese audiences from lapping it up. While most films release in China on a Friday, “The Boy and the Heron” was given a Wednesday outing in order to capture momentum from the Thursday-to-Saturday Qingming public holiday. Consultancy firm Artisan reports that it earned RMB248 million ($34.9 million) over the conventional Friday-to-Sunday weekend.

Korea Box Office: ‘Exhuma’ Hits $80 Million, Scores Seventh Weekend Win - variety.com - South Korea - Japan - North Korea
variety.com
08.04.2024 / 01:39

Korea Box Office: ‘Exhuma’ Hits $80 Million, Scores Seventh Weekend Win

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Without significant new challengers, spooky Korean drama “Exhuma” held on at the top of the South Korea box office chart for the seventh consecutive weekend. Its cumulative passed the symbolic $80 million mark. The lack of strong new release titles also meant that aggregate weekend box office in Korea slipped to a lowly $5.59 million. The Choi Min-sik-starring “Exhuma” dropped roughly 50% week-on-week to record $1.59 million between Friday and Sunday, and a 28% market share, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

‘Another Round’ Director Thomas Vinterberg on How His First Series, ‘Families Like Ours,’ Tells a Tale of Love, ‘Resilience and Hope’ Despite National Catastrophe (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Paris - Denmark - city Bucharest
variety.com
05.04.2024 / 12:11

‘Another Round’ Director Thomas Vinterberg on How His First Series, ‘Families Like Ours,’ Tells a Tale of Love, ‘Resilience and Hope’ Despite National Catastrophe (EXCLUSIVE)

Thomas Vinterberg said that “Another Round,” the Academy Award 2021 international feature winner, celebrates not just drinking alcohol but life and awakening to life. Billed as an epic family drama, “Families Like Ours ” – his first TV drama series and one of the big market launches at MipTV, sold by Studiocanal – looks set to ask what life is worth living for. Its logline kind of answers that question: “A country perishes, but love prevails.” If the emotionally engrossing early stretches are anything to go by, that is both embodied in Laura (Amaryllis August), who is in love for the first time with fellow high-school student Elías (Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt); and in family love, represented at first remove by Laura’s relationships with her divorced parents.

Drugs and Prostitutes Alleged at Australia’s Seven Network in Bruce Lehrmann Defamation Trial; Broadcaster ‘Appalled’ by Claims - variety.com - Australia - Thailand - city Canberra
variety.com
05.04.2024 / 10:15

Drugs and Prostitutes Alleged at Australia’s Seven Network in Bruce Lehrmann Defamation Trial; Broadcaster ‘Appalled’ by Claims

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Australia’s Seven West Media and its Seven network may risk reputational damage following Federal Court revelations in Sydney on Thursday and Friday. The defamation case was brought by former Liberal Party political aide Bruce Lehrmann against Network Ten and journalist Lisa Wilkinson. It does not directly involve Seven.

China Box Office: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Flies Past ‘Godzilla x Kong’ in $35 Million Midweek Holiday Debut - variety.com - China - Hollywood - Japan
variety.com
04.04.2024 / 12:15

China Box Office: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Flies Past ‘Godzilla x Kong’ in $35 Million Midweek Holiday Debut

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Oscar-winning Japanese animation “The Boy and the Heron” opened its wings in mainland Chinese theaters in midweek and soared to the top of the box office. Data from multiple local tracking sources show the Miyazaki Hayao-directed fantasy-adventure accounting for more than half of all cinema revenues on both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday it garnered $13.8 million, according to estimates from Ent Group. By 6.30pm on Thursday, ticket sales firm Maoyan was showing the title as having grown its two-day running total to RMB254 million or $35.2 million. While films mostly open on Fridays in China, “The Boy and the Heron” was given a Wednesday outing in order to play into the three-day Qingming public holiday.

Taiwanese TV Anchors’ Reactions Captured Live As Newscasts Are Interrupted By 7.4 Earthquake - deadline.com - New York - Los Angeles - Taiwan
deadline.com
03.04.2024 / 22:23

Taiwanese TV Anchors’ Reactions Captured Live As Newscasts Are Interrupted By 7.4 Earthquake

An anchor for Taiwan‘s iNews was live on air relaying a message from the country’s earthquake early warning system when the actual 7.4 temblor hit yesterday.

Korea’s YG Entertainment Sets Yang Min-seok as CEO, Gives BabyMonster Official Debut – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Thailand - Japan - Indonesia - Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines
variety.com
03.04.2024 / 10:49

Korea’s YG Entertainment Sets Yang Min-seok as CEO, Gives BabyMonster Official Debut – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief YG Entertainment, the firm behind K-pop sensation Blackpink, has appointed Yang Min-seok as its new, sole CEO. The younger brother of company founder Yang Hyun-sun, he was previously joint CEO with Hwang Bo-kyun. The announcement was made shortly after YG’s annual shareholder meeting that closed the books on a year in which revenues climbed 65% to $430 million. The firm, which recently denied that it had paid $30 million to retain its position with Blackpink (but saw the girl group’s individual members sign personal representation contracts with other agencies) is busily launching BabyMonster, another all-female act that is seen in some circles as a successor to Blackpink. BabyMonster, which was formed late last year through reality TV show “Last Evaluation 2023,” is a seven part group with members from Korea, Thailand and Japan.

Japanese Theater Firm to Pay Compensation After Harassed Actress’ Death - variety.com - Japan
variety.com
28.03.2024 / 10:43

Japanese Theater Firm to Pay Compensation After Harassed Actress’ Death

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Hankyu Hanshin, parent company of all-female musical theater company Takarazuka Revue, has apologized to the family of an actor who died in September last year. The 25-year-old woman died after being harassed by theatre officials and older members of the company, it was alleged. She was found at or near her condominium in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, a case which the local police are treating as probable death by suicide. “The two sides have reached a broad agreement on various issues, including compensation,” the Kyodo news agency reported from a press conference held in Osaka on Thursday.

Zhang Yimou to Receive Lifetime Award at Udine Festival – Global Bulletin - variety.com - New Zealand - China - USA - Italy - South Korea - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Hong Kong - county Hamilton - county Lawrence
variety.com
28.03.2024 / 07:15

Zhang Yimou to Receive Lifetime Award at Udine Festival – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Veteran Chinese director Zhang Yimou will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming edition of the Festival of Far East Film in Italy’s Udine (April 24 – May 2). The lineup will include three films by Zhang: his 2023 political thriller “Under the Light” in its competition section; as well as “To Live” and “Raise the Red Lantern” in its restored classics section. The festival’s total lineup includes 74 films in total – 47 in competition and 28 out of competition) from 11 countries.

Dave Boyle on How Netflix Hit ‘House of Ninjas’ Ducked Genre Stereotypes and Deflected Cultural Appropriation - variety.com - Britain - USA - Japan - Tokyo
variety.com
27.03.2024 / 11:23

Dave Boyle on How Netflix Hit ‘House of Ninjas’ Ducked Genre Stereotypes and Deflected Cultural Appropriation

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief In these culturally sensitive times, having an American director and showrunner on a quintessentially Japanese series is sure to raise the issue of cultural appropriation. But the Dave Boyle-directed “House of Ninjas,” which Netflix launched in February, stands out not only as a hit, but as a seemingly happy blend of East and West. An original story about the last living ninja family in modern times, the show ranked as the streamer’s top non-English show in 16 countries and regions, as well as reached the top ten list in 92 countries.In an interview with Variety, Boyle (“The Man From Reno,” “Big Dreams, Little Tokyo”) said that surprising career left-turns brought him to the series and helped him keep the show authentically Japanese.

Cannes-Bound ‘Directors Factory Philippines’ Wraps Filming - variety.com - India - Cambodia - Malaysia - Taiwan - Philippines
variety.com
27.03.2024 / 10:45

Cannes-Bound ‘Directors Factory Philippines’ Wraps Filming

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Directors Factory Philippines,” an omnibus film project initiated by the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has completed production in the historic city of Dapitan. Operating since 2013, when it kicked off in Taiwan, the Directors’ Factory works with a new partner country each year to mentor eight budding filmmakers who are preparing ambitious first or second feature projects that they will make in pairs. The Philippines was selected in November. The four resulting co-written and co-directed short films will be screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight (aka Quinzaine des Cineastes) in May. Dapitan, a city in The Philippines’ Zamboanga Peninsula, known for its many shrines and as the place of exile of Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal.

HYBE Strikes 10-Year Deal With Universal Music Group - variety.com - Japan - North Korea
variety.com
26.03.2024 / 17:51

HYBE Strikes 10-Year Deal With Universal Music Group

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Hybe, the Korean firm behind K-pop’s BTS, has struck an expanded 10-year deal with Universal Music Group (UMG), providing Hybe’s roster of artists and labels access to UMG’s leading global network. UMG will further collaborate with Hybe’s global superfan platform Weverse, bringing more of a direct connection between UMG artists and their fandom. Hybe and UMG will additionally collaborate on artist promotions and marketing activities in North America under the oversight of Scooter Braun – who, in his time as CEO of Hybe America, acquired QC Media Holdings and incorporated SB Projects as well as Big Machine Label Group into the existing roster. Hybe and UMG first teamed up in 2017 on BTS, through a distribution agreement in Japan. In 2021, the companies expanded their relationship with a global strategic agreement which saw collaborations across multiple projects and use of Weverse for fan communication.

Ryan Gosling’s ‘The Fall Guy’ Heads to China Cinemas (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - China - Canada - Japan
variety.com
26.03.2024 / 03:13

Ryan Gosling’s ‘The Fall Guy’ Heads to China Cinemas (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Universal’s “The Fall Guy” will open in mainland Chinese cinemas next month, ahead of its debut in the U.S. and star Ryan Gosling’s native Canada. The film is set to release officially in China on April 30.

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