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CHINA FILM EXPERT: DEADLINE DEAD WRONG ABOUT LOOPER‘S BOX OFFICE

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Cain, a consultant to the entertainment industry on China, has dismissed reports by Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com about the supposedly record Chinese debut of Sony’s Looper last weekend. Finke, citing unnamed sources, originally reported that the film earned $23-25 million over the weekend, topping the $21 million that it earned domestically. If that figure held, […]

REPORT: NO RECORD BOX OFFICE IN CHINA FOR LOOPER

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Contrary to initial reports, the sci-fi movie Looper did not become the first film to open in China with a bigger gross than it brought in in the U.S., Nikki Finke reported on her Deadline.com blog on Wednesday. Finke claimed that some of the Chinese theaters “mixed up dollars with yuan, making the tally appear […]

HONG KONG FILM REMOVED FROM TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Hong Kong-produced movie Floating City has been withdrawn from the Tokyo Film Festival, following violent protests on the Chinese mainland last week over Japan’s decision to “nationalize” the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Britain’s Screen Daily quoted a festival spokesman as saying, “Although we have strongly requested those involved not to […]

BATMAN AND SPIDEY SQUARE OFF IN CHINA

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Following a nearly two-month period in which only locally produced movies were allowed to be shown in China, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man and Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight Rises made their debut in the country, going head to head. The results were unimpressive. The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $5.46 million while the Dark Knight Rises took […]

WILL DARK KNIGHT RISE IN CHINA?

July 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

China has apparently decided to extend its “Local Film Protection Month” in which all foreign films are barred in order to encourage moviegoers to patronize theaters showing Chinese films. Originally, only the month of July was to have been affected; now, according to reports, August will be as well. The decision has apparently touched off […]

VIACOM IS POUNDED AGAIN BY DIRECTV– AND BY JON STEWART

July 17, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

DirecTV is stepping up its attack on Viacom, which yanked its channels, including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central off the satellite service last week following a breakdown in talks over a new carriage contract. In a video message running on the blanked-out channels DirecTV CEO Mike White lashes out at the “bundling” practices of some […]

CHINESE DIRECTOR PROTESTS CENSORSHIP

June 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lu Chuan, one of China’s leading young directors, has spoken out against official censorship after his latest film, The Last Supper, was barred from release by the state Film Bureau. As reported by Daily Variety, Lu raised the issue at the Shanghai Film Festival, where he said his film had been “delayed” by authorities. “We […]

3D DEVELOPER MAKING BIG PUSH IN CHINA

June 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hardly a day goes by, it seems, without news of another multimillion-dollar deal between the U.S. movie industry and China. The latest comes from RealD, a principal supplier of 3D technology to movie exhibitors. On Thursday, RealD said that it had signed a deal with China’s SMI Corporation to install 3D equipment in some 100 […]

THANKS TO CHINA, FOX CROSSES $1-BILLION MARK OVERSEAS

June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reflecting Hollywood’s increasing dependence on the expanding Chinese market, 20th Century Fox has become the third studio to cross the $1-billion mark in gross international earnings, following the lead of Disney and Warner Bros. Daily Variety pointed out that the studio was able to reach that milestone relatively quickly as a result of $286 million […]

CHINESE COMPANY BUYS AMC THEATER CHAIN

May 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s flirtation with Hollywood took on the aspects of a full-scale marriage as one of its biggest exhibitors, Dalian Wanda Group, agreed to buy AMC Entertainment, America’s second largest theater chain after Regal Entertainment, for $2.6 billion in debt and equity and an additional $500 million to be used principally for renovations. The New York […]

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