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Len Blavatnik, Danny Cohen’s Access Ent. Backs Bad Wolf (EXCLUSIVE)

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Access Entertainment, led by former director of BBC Television Danny Cohen and owned by billionaire industrialist Len Blavatnik, has taken a 24.9% stake in Bad Wolf, the production company behind the forthcoming TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s epic “His Dark Materials.” Bad Wolf was launched in 2015 by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, former BBC… Read more »

Korea Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Remains on Top in Second Weekend

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second week. The fantasy romance earned $7.81 million from 1.03 million admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $23.3 million from 3.1 million admissions after two weekends. Showing on some 1,255 screens nationwide, “Beauty” accounted for 41%… Read more »

China’s Huayi Wants to Continue, Possibly Expand Relations With STX (Report)

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Huayi Brothers Media, one of China’s leading film studios, says it wants to renew and expand its relationship with Hollywood’s STX Entertainment. The stance was expressed by Huayi co-chief James Wang at the Boao conference in Hainan and was reported by Bloomberg. “We’d like to renew and deepen our cooperation with STX beyond slate financing,” said… Read more »

‘Homeland’ Recap: Carrie Learns to Say No in Episode 10, ‘The Flag House’

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not seen the March 26 episode of “Homeland.” Carrie Mathison learns an important lesson in “The Flag House,” as Season 6 of “Homeland” heads into its final two hours. Peter Quinn, Dar Adal, and President-elect Elizabeth Keane have flashier moments in the 10th episode of the season, but… Read more »

‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Everyone’s Allegiances Are Tested in ‘Something They Need’

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Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the penultimate episode of season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Something They Need.” If there’s one place where “The Walking Dead” consistently delivers, it’s raids. Rick and co. are so damn good at running up into other settlements and taking what they want, as much a… Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Roars to $70-Million Opening Weekend Win

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“Kong: Skull Island” enjoyed a massive win during its opening weekend in China, positioning itself to overtake second-place “Beauty and The Beast” in overall grosses in the Middle Kingdom after just four days of release. “Kong” scored $68.5 million, according to local data service Ent Group. Overseas distributor Warner Bros. reported the figure as $72.1… Read more »

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: James Gunn ‘Had a Lot More Freedom’ on ‘Vol. 2’

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During the 2-day long Writers Guild Festival, held at the Pickford Center, “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer-director James Gunn discussed his voyage into screenwriting, shared advice for aspiring writers and directors, and even shared some intel with fans about his upcoming sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” “Rocket’s character I relate to more than anybody;… Read more »

Javier Bardem Vows to ‘Eliminate’ Jack Sparrow in New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Trailer

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The feud between Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar and Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow looks deadlier than ever in the latest trailer for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The 60-second look, which dropped on Saturday, gives a little more insight as to why the villainous Salazar holds such a grudge against Sparrow. “Pirates… Read more »

Joe Biden Admits He Regrets Not Running for President

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Former Vice President Joe Biden not only regrets not running for president — he’s “fairly confident” he could have beaten Donald Trump. In an appearance at Colgate University on Friday, the university’s president, Brian W. Casey, asked Biden, “Did you ever think, what if? Any regrets that you didn’t run?” “I had planned on running for president and… Read more »

President Trump Tweets Plug for Fox News Host Hours Before She Calls for Paul Ryan’s Resignation

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President Donald Trump has spoken highly of Fox News before, even as he’s criticized other mainstream media outlets. His latest promotion for the network, however, is raising more eyebrows than usual. On Saturday, Trump tweeted to his 27 million followers a tune-in for Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” writing, “Watch @JudgeJeanine… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’

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If you go with your family to see “Smurfs: The Lost Village” (and let’s be honest: most of today’s animated features are more than suitable for adults only, but anyone who would go to this movie without children is seriously starved for entertainment), you’ll get to experience the trailer for “The Emoji Movie,” an upcoming… Read more »