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Stormy Daniels Documentary Being Launched by Blue Ant Media – Global Bulletin - variety.com - New York - USA - Vietnam - Malaysia - Singapore - city Ho Chi Minh City
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15.04.2024 / 11:09

Stormy Daniels Documentary Being Launched by Blue Ant Media – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Stormy,” a documentary about former porn star Stormy Daniels, has been picked up by Blue Ant Studios for international distribution. The launch was announced on Monday, the same day that former U.S. president Donald Trump begins a criminal trial in New York for allegedly covering up hush money payments to Daniels. “Stormy,” offered as two one-hour episodes or a two-hour feature, is produced by Emmy-nominated producers Erin Lee Carr (“I Love You,” “Now Die: The Commonwealth v.

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

Jeonju Film Festival Sets 10 Films for Competition – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Italy - South Korea - North Korea - county Lee
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12.04.2024 / 11:45

Jeonju Film Festival Sets 10 Films for Competition – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korea’s second largest generalist film event the Jeonju International Film Festival has set eight fiction films by first or second-time feature directors, for its main competition. They are “Cu Li Never Cries,” by Pham Ngoc Lan; “Junkyard Dog,” by Jean-Baptiste Durand, “La Palisiada,” by Philip Sotnychenko; “My Endless Numbered Days,” by Shaun Neo; “Oxygen Station,” by Ivan Tymchenko; “Practice,” by Laurens Perol; “The Major Tones,” by Ingrid Pokropek; and “The Permanent Picture,” by Laura Ferres. Additionally, two documentary features also compete: “After the Snowmelt,” directed by Lo Yi-Shan and “Kix,” by Balint Revesz and David Mikulan. The COVID-pandemic continues to affect filmmaking and festival selection, organizers said. “Even films planned to be made beforehand had to extend their production period due to the pandemic, and many works highlighted the limitations of the production environments, such as smaller cast numbers and minimal locations,” said chief programmer Chun Jinsu. The festival runs May 1-10 in Jeonju, a major town on South Korea’s west coast.

Rachel Perkins Appointed Chair of Australian Film, TV School – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - Las Vegas - India - city Mumbai
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11.04.2024 / 07:53

Rachel Perkins Appointed Chair of Australian Film, TV School – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Rachel Perkins has been appointed as chair of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) council for a period of three years. She follows previous chairs Russell Howcroft and Debra Richards. AFTRS is Australia’s leading specialist education, training and research institution, supporting excellence in Australian screen and audio storytelling. “Rachel is one of Australia’s leading storytellers, particularly when it comes to First Nations stories,” said Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke. A graduate of AFTRS, writer, director and producer, Perkins founded Blackfella Films, which has gone onto become one of Australia’s leading production companies.

Hong Kong Gov’t Intervenes to Buy Olympic Games TV Rights – Global Bulletin - variety.com - France - Paris - Tokyo - Maldives - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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10.04.2024 / 10:25

Hong Kong Gov’t Intervenes to Buy Olympic Games TV Rights – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The Hong Kong government has licensed the broadcast rights to the Summer Olympic Games in Paris. It intends to relicense the rights to four TV broadcasters in the city – TVB, ViuTV, HOY TV and government-owned RTHK.

‘Death in Paradise’ Australia Spinoff Sets Female Lead, Starts Production – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - France - Ireland - county Wake
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09.04.2024 / 09:07

‘Death in Paradise’ Australia Spinoff Sets Female Lead, Starts Production – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Filming has begun on “Return to Paradise,” an Australian spin-off series of the global hit murder mystery franchise “Death in Paradise.” With filming in locations across Sydney and the Illawarra coastal region, the six-part whodunit is produced by BBC Studios Productions Australia with Red Planet Pictures for the ABC in association with the BBC. The BBC will screen the series on BBC One and iPlayer in the U.K.

‘Snow in Midsummer’ and ‘Sons’ Take Firebird Awards at Hong Kong Film Festival – Global Bulletin - variety.com - China - Italy - Austria - Portugal - Malaysia - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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08.04.2024 / 11:39

‘Snow in Midsummer’ and ‘Sons’ Take Firebird Awards at Hong Kong Film Festival – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Snow in Midsummer,” which quietly probes the 1969 massacre of Malaysian Chinese during post-election turmoil, was named the winner of the best film for young cinema competition (Chinese-language) at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Liang Ming was named best director for “Carefree Days,” while the film’s female lead Lyu Xingchen collected the best actress award.

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

Sammo Hung, Kung Fu Superstar, Sets Masterclass, Screenings in Singapore – Global Bulletin - variety.com - China - Hong Kong - city Shanghai - Singapore - city Hong Kong
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05.04.2024 / 14:35

Sammo Hung, Kung Fu Superstar, Sets Masterclass, Screenings in Singapore – Global Bulletin

Naman Ramachandran Kung Fu superstar Sammo Hung will deliver a masterclass on May 4 as part of the 12th Singapore Chinese Film Festival. He will also attend a mini-retrospective of his films.

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

Japan-Taiwan BL Series ‘At 25.00 in Akasaka’ Set by TV Tokyo and GagaOOLala - variety.com - Thailand - Japan - Tokyo - Taiwan
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03.04.2024 / 08:59

Japan-Taiwan BL Series ‘At 25.00 in Akasaka’ Set by TV Tokyo and GagaOOLala

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Leading Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo and Taiwan-based LGBT streaming platform GagaOOLala will this month release “At 25.00 in Akasaka,” a live-action drama series in the popular Boys Love (BL) genre. Based on a popular manga by Natsuno Hiroko, the underlying comic has sold over 1.2 million copies. The series explores the romance between a renowned actor and an aspiring talent, cast as leads in a BL drama that wins the hearts of audiences worldwide.

BBC Launching Kids Subscription Service in Korea – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Britain - North Korea
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02.04.2024 / 12:31

BBC Launching Kids Subscription Service in Korea – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief BBC Studios is launching ‘BBC Kids’ in Korea as a monthly subscription service on Genie TV Kids Land, a dedicated IPTV service for young children, in collaboration with telecoms and internet service provider KT. Through the partnership, BBC Studios Asia will bring a wide range of children’s content to Korean audiences, in one place for the first time. The service will feature a mix of content in English language as well as a variety of popular titles dubbed into Korean for the first time.

Disney+ Korean Tentpole ‘Uncle Samsik’ Set For May Launch; ‘Nine Puzzles’ To Premiere In 2025 - deadline.com - South Korea - North Korea
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02.04.2024 / 12:11

Disney+ Korean Tentpole ‘Uncle Samsik’ Set For May Launch; ‘Nine Puzzles’ To Premiere In 2025

Disney+ tentpole Uncle Samsik will debut on May 15 on the platform globally, and on Hulu. The streamer also announced that Korean crime thriller Nine Puzzles will premiere exclusively on the platform in 2025.

Calvin Harris hits back at critics who said his Ultra Music set was “underwhelming”: “And you wonder why I never play EDM festivals?” - www.nme.com - Scotland - Las Vegas
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29.03.2024 / 13:19

Calvin Harris hits back at critics who said his Ultra Music set was “underwhelming”: “And you wonder why I never play EDM festivals?”

Calvin Harris has hit out at people who criticised his Ultra Music set, which was described as “underwhelming”.The Scottish DJ replied in the comments of a now-deleted post from dance music magazine Dancing Astro, where some users reportedly took issue with Harris’ set.In response, Harris wrote: “You expect me to play none of my songs? how deep is your love – billion streams, this is what u came for – billion streams, my way – billion streams, slide – billion streams, feels – billion streams, one kiss – billion streams, and the other 5 half a bil, and before 2014 another 20, and not cheesy shit, proper fucking songs with real artists.”He went on to point out the many new and unreleased edits of his songs that he did play, accusing the commenters of wishing he’d play “‘FE!N’ trap edits” instead (‘FE!N’ is a Travis Scott/Playboi Carti song).“And you wonder why I never play edm festivals,” Harris continued. “At least people I saw irl had a great time and I can be happy with that, but fuck at this point whatever I do is gonna piss you off.”This summer, Harris is due to play a headline DJ set at TRMSMT Festival 2024 in Glasgow, joining Liam Gallagher and Gerry Cinnamon.

Alex Pettyfer Says Henry Cavill Saved His Life on Set of 'Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare' - www.justjared.com
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28.03.2024 / 07:45

Alex Pettyfer Says Henry Cavill Saved His Life on Set of 'Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'

Alex Pettyfer revealed a situation where he was saved by his costar Henry Cavill while filming The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

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
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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.

Cannes-Bound ‘Directors Factory Philippines’ Wraps Filming - variety.com - India - Cambodia - Malaysia - Taiwan - Philippines
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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.

H&M Beauty’s new £13 luminous matte foundation will give you a Nars-like glow for £25 less - www.ok.co.uk
ok.co.uk
27.03.2024 / 04:13

H&M Beauty’s new £13 luminous matte foundation will give you a Nars-like glow for £25 less

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing your matte foundation had just a little bit more glow or that your dewy base left you looking a little less… shiny, then you’re going to want to get your hands on H&M’s latest beauty launch.The high street retailer has just dropped its brand new Skin-Perfecting Foundation, £12.99 here, which combines a matte finish with a subtle luminous glow. The skincare-meets-makeup foundation is similar to the celeb-loved NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £32.30 here (was £38), and is perfect for times when you want your base to look just like your skin but better – something very few foundations have been able to master.

HYBE Strikes 10-Year Deal With Universal Music Group - variety.com - Japan - North Korea
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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.

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