Veteran British character actor David Ryall, who’s best known to mainstream American audiences as “Harry Potter’s” Elphias Doge, died on Christmas Day. He was 79. “Sherlock” writer and actor Mark Gatiss tweeted the sad news on Saturday. The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to… Read more »
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Chris Pine doesn’t think Paramount will be releasing a sequel to “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” any time soon. The titular star of the rejuvenated franchise told Moviefone that the film’s low box office turnout has likely killed its future. “No, I don’t think it made enough money for that to happen,” Pine said when asked… Read more »
Jackie Chan’s upcoming film “Dragon Blade” may not have gotten a U.S. release yet, but the trailer for the upcoming historical epic has found a U.S. audience. Set in 206-220 A.D., the movie focuses on a key (fictional) battle between Rome and China’s Han Dynasty. It follows Chinese officer Chan, who’s framed and later enslaved,… Read more »
North Korea has suffered yet another Internet shutdown, according to Chinese state media. On the heels of North Korea blaming the United States for its intermittent Internet interruptions this week, China’s Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that the country’s Internet and 3G mobile phone networks were down for at least two hours. “At Pyongyang time… Read more »
This Christmas, ABC gifted viewers the first promo for the Oscars. Host Neil Patrick Harris has some sound advice for last-minute shoppers in the commercial. “Instead of traditional presents, give (your family) the gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars,” the “How I Met Your Mother” alum says. The 87th annual… Read more »
North Korea is pointing the finger at the United States for its Internet shutdown and calling President Barack Obama “a monkey” in the aftermath of the Sony hacking scandal. The country’s top military organization said in a statement on Saturday that the U.S. president was responsible for the release of “The Interview,” the Associated Press… Read more »
“The Interview” has left a solid impression at the box office, despite the sea of trouble leading up to its release. After opening to $1 million-plus on Christmas Day, the Sony comedy is headed for $2.8 million this weekend. As expected, the controversial pic is far behind wide releases: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the… Read more »
For those who think James Bond has gotten a little too serious in his old age, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” brings the irreverence back to the British spy genre, offering a younger, streetwise variation on the 007 formula.
A Chinese investment firm has acquired a major stake in South Korea’s third ranked cinema chain Megabox.
Wanda Group, which controls AMC Cinemas and Wanda Cinema, has bought a controlling stake in 99Bill Corp, an electronic payments company.