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Busan Festival Selection Puts Emphasis on Greater China

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SEOUL – This year’s Busan International Film Festival has set Taiwanese director Chen-Zer ‘Doze’ Niu’s “Paradise in Service” as its opening film. Putting the emphasis strongly on Greater China, the South Korean festival (Oct. 3-11, 2014) will close with “Gangster Pay Day,” a Hong Kong comedy actioner directed by Lee Po-Cheung. “Paradise” is a romantic… Read more »

Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 First Trailer

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“Downton Abbey” is heating up, according to the first trailer for the drama’s upcoming season five. It teases some new mysteries, shows Jimmy Kent getting caught in bed with a mystery woman, dinner table arguments and even an actual fire that adds in some action. Lady Mary Crawley also seems to get a new love… Read more »

‘Maps to the Stars’ Acquired by Focus World for 2015 Release (EXCLUSIVE)

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After winning the best actress award in Cannes for “Maps to the Stars,” Julianne Moore was considered a strong bet in this year’s Oscar race for her turn as a washed-up star in the David Cronenberg drama. But the overdue actress, who has been nominated for four Academy Awards without winning, could be sitting out… Read more »

Fox Released ‘El Nino’ Punches Biggest Spanish Bow of 2014

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Fox-distribbed Telecinco Cinema production “El Nino,” part of Studiocanal’s Toronto slate, has punched the best opening frame for any Spanish film this year, with a €2.9 million ($3.81 million) first weekend. Bow is also the third-best of any film this year, shaded by “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” ($4.65 million) and “Maleficent” ($4.3… Read more »

Apple ‘Actively Investigating’ iCloud Link to Celebrity Photo Leak

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After the massive photo leak that exposed nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and dozens more, Apple said it’s looking into a vulnerability in its iCloud service that could have allowed hackers to obtain the images. Reports suggested the hackers, who haven’t been identified, gained access to the photos by breaking into the women’s iCloud accounts…. Read more »

Discovery Digital Networks Head Jim Louderback Resigns

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Jim Louderback, g.m. of Discovery Digital Networks, is leaving the company two years after the cable programmer bought web-video startup Revision3, where he had been CEO. Louderback announced that he is leaving Discovery Communications in a post on his personal blog Monday to take time off and write a book about being a first-time CEO. Discovery in 2012… Read more »

5 Summer Box Office Takeaways: Marvel Rules, China Rises and Stars Matter

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The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade. To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to… Read more »

North Korea Condemns U.K. TV Series as ‘Despicable Burlesque’

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LONDON — The government of North Korea has condemned a TV political thriller about the country that has been commissioned by U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4. The series, “Opposite Number,” centers on a British nuclear scientist who is taken prisoner in North Korea. It has been penned by British playwright and screenwriter Matt Charman, who… Read more »

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Weak Labor Day Box Office, Summer Stumbles to Close

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Hollywood didn’t have much to celebrate this Labor Day. The holiday is traditionally a slow one at the box office, and this one was no exception, providing one final death rattle on a summer that was largely D.O.A. In its fifth week of release, “Guardians of the Galaxy” prevailed over two modestly budgeted newcomers, “November… Read more »