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China Box Office: Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Moon Man’ Revives Local Industry With $148M Opening

A heartwarming sci-fi comedy about a Chinese astronaut who believes he’s the last human alive has revived China’s box office in spectacular fashion. Moon Man, directed by Zhang Chiyu of the hit-making comedy troop Mahua FunAge, opened to $148 million over the weekend, including pre-sales, according to data from Artisan Gateway. Local ticketing app Maoyan […]

Sony Pictures’ Quarterly Profit Climbs to $394M

Sony Pictures saw its fiscal first-quarter bottom line climb to a profit of $394 million (50.7 billion yen), up 70 percent from the $232 million (25.4 billion yen) profit it reported during the same period in 2021. Revenue in the Japanese conglomerate’s pictures division, meanwhile, soared to 41 percent to $2.64 billion. Sony Corp. reported […]

Venice: Paul Schrader Returns to Premiere ‘Master Gardener,’ Collect Lifetime Golden Lion

Paul Schrader, a singular American auteur and key figure of the New Hollywood era, will be back at the Venice Film Festival this year to collect a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. But that shouldn’t suggest the 76-year-old director has acquiesced into the valedictory phase of his creative life. Schrader will also be on hand in […]

China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Tops $150M, ‘The Lost City’ Scores Release Date

Hong Kong crime thriller Detective vs. Sleuths again topped China’s theatrical box office, taking $14.2 million during what was altogether a downbeat weekend of moviegoing in the country. The market generated just $40.6 million in total revenue during the frame, a modest total for what’s usually China’s busy summer blockbuster season. Ongoing Covid-19 controls across the country […]

Don Lee Returns for Korean Action Sequel ‘The Roundup: No Way Out’

South Korea’s biggest blockbuster of 2022, The Roundup, is already getting the sequel treatment. A new, third film in the series, The Roundup: No Way Out, reuniting director Lee Sang-yong and Ma Dong-seok (aka Don Lee), officially began production late last week, the sequel’s sale agent K-Movie Entertainment tells The Outne Reporter.  The new project […]

Margot Robbie to Appear in Series Finale of Long-Running Australian Soap ‘Neighbours’

Margot Robbie is making an appearance in the series finale of long-running Australian soap Neighbours. The official Twitter account for the show revealed the news ahead of its series finale, which will air later this week. The show wrapped filming in June after 37 years on the air. Early in her career, Robbie portrayed teen […]

‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ Trailer Buzzes Comic-Con

Shazam! Fury of the Gods brought the thunder to Hall H Saturday, with star Zachary Levi trotting out the first trailer from the film. “I missed you guys so dang much, I can’t even tell you,” said Levi to an energized Hall H, taking in the first panel of the day, after a Shazam! sizzle […]

Netflix Sets K-Drama Revenge Series ‘The Glory’

Korean screenwriter Kim Eun-sook and actress Song Hye-kyo, who last teamed on the wildly popular K-drama Descendants of the Sun, are pairing up again for revenge series The Glory, produced by Netflix. Rising star Lee Do-hyun, best known from Sweet Home, will also take a lead role in the new show. Song plays Moon Dong-eun, […]

Hong Kong Film Awards: Benny Chan Wins Posthumous Best Director Prize

The late director Benny Chan, who passed away in 2020, was posthumously awarded the best director prize for his cops-and-robbers actioner Raging Fire at the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards. Actor Andy Lau accepted the award on behalf of Chan’s widow. Raging Fire also took home the best film, best action choreography and best film […]

Netflix Greenlights Japanese Thriller Series ‘Burn the House Down’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has lined up its next Japanese original series, a mystery thriller adaptation of the hit manga Burn the House Down. Created by up-and-coming artist Moyashi Fujisawa, the original manga began serialization in Kodansha’s Kiss magazine in 2017 and became an immediate hit, attracting multiple adaptation offers in the year’s since. The Netflix series, like […]

Korean Streamer TVING to Acquire Rival Seezn to Better Compete With Netflix, Disney+

Two of South Korea’s leading domestic streaming services, TVING and Seezn, have unveiled plans to merge, forming a single platform that’s better equipped to take on global rivals like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. Powerhouse Korean entertainment company CJ ENM, which holds the controlling stake in TVING, confirmed the merger via a regulatory filing, […]

China Box Office: ‘Detective vs. Sleuths’ Wins Weekend, ‘Mozart From Space’ Disappoints

Hong Kong crime thriller Detective vs. Sleuths surged to the top of China’s box office in its second weekend of release, earning $18.4 million. Chinese hitmaker Chen Sicheng’s much anticipated sci-fi comedy Mozart From Space, meanwhile, made a disappointing start in second place, taking $16.6 million. Slipping just 20 percent from its opening frame, Detective […]