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China Box Office: $47 million ‘Continent’ Wins Weekend

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HONG KONG – “The Continent,” the nostalgia trip movie by celebrity blogger and race driver Han Han, dominated the Chinese box office at the weekend and quickly ended the reign of “Tiny Times 3.” Released on Thursday (July 24), “The Continent” delivered a super strong first day gross of $12 million, before going on to… Read more »

James Shigeta, Star of ‘Flower Drum Song’ and ‘Die Hard’ Co-Star, Dies at 81

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James Shigeta, one of the first prominent Asian-American actors, who co-starred in “Die Hard” and starred in “Flower Drum Song,” died Monday at 81. Though largely a TV actor who guest-starred on dozens of shows, he appeared memorably in hit 1988 action film “Die Hard,” in which he played executive Joseph Takagi, who refuses to… Read more »

Disney Elevates Paul Candland in Asia Management Reshuffle

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HONG KONG — In a series of moves that put greater management weight in Asia, Disney has promoted Paul Candland to the newly created position of president, The Walt Disney Company, Asia, with oversight of Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Greater China. Candland, a 16-year Disney veteran and president of Walt Disney Japan, will report… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: ‘Mala Hierba’

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Second Stage really knows how to show a girl a good time, the proof being its excellent track record of producing vital work by important women playwrights. Chalk up another win with “Mala Hierba,” a funny and frightening play that Chicago playwright and TV scribe Tanya Saracho (“Looking,” “Girls”) has set in the household of a brutal… Read more »

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network Signs Martial Arts Movie Pact With Celestial

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HONG KONG — Robert Rodriguez’s nascent El Rey cable TV network has struck a long-term programming partnership with Hong Kong’s Celestial Pictures. The five year deal gives El Rey Network access to 255 martial arts movies from the Shaw Brothers collection. These have been restored and are managed by Celestial. The deal, which runs from… Read more »

Bruce Campbell Says He Plans to Star in Sam Raimi’s ‘The Evil Dead’ TV Series

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Just when “Evil Dead” fans thought they couldn’t get more excited, original trilogy star Bruce Campbell dropped some more news on them. At Comic-Con last weekend, Sam Raimi announced that he’s bringing “The Evil Dead” to life once more with a TV series while at a panel discussing the movie adaptation of videogame “The Last… Read more »

‘Batman v. Superman’ Was the Most Popular Film at Comic-Con

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The Caped Crusader has made his mark on Comic-Con. Warner Bros. left the San Diego fanfest on Sunday on a very high note, with “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” the most talked about film on Twitter, according to new data provided to Variety by research firms Mashwork and Way to Blue. Around 73% of… Read more »

‘Fifty Shades’ to be Challenged by Faith-Based Romance

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Freestyle Releasing, which generated strong grosses for “God’s Not Dead,” is offering up a challenge next Valentine’s Day to “Fifty Shades of Grey” with faith-based romance “Old Fashioned.” “I wanted to tell a love story that takes the idea of Godly romance seriously,” said Rik Swartzwelder, writer-director and lead actor.  “A story that, without apology,… Read more »

John Rhys-Davies, Tyler Jacob Moore Join ‘Once Upon a Time’ for ‘Frozen’ Roles

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“Once Upon a Time” has tapped John Rhys-Davies and Tyler Jacob Moore to join the fantasy drama’s new “Frozen” storyline. Known for his work in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, John Rhys-Davies will provide the voice of rock troll Pabbie, executive producer Adam Horowitz announced via Twitter on Monday. We're thrilled… Read more »

Warner Bros. Sets ‘Imitation Game’ Director for ‘Chain of Events’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Headhunters” helmer Morten Tyldum has come on to direct the adaptation of the Swedish thriller “Chain of Events” with Mark L. Smith attached to adapt. Described as “World War Z” meets “The Da Vinci Code,” the book was written by Frederick T. Olsson and follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international… Read more »