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Korea Box Office: Runaway ‘Train to Busan’ Smashes Records

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Zombie thriller, “Train to Busan” set multiple box office records in South Korea and seems an unstoppable force. Officially opening on 1,785 screens on Wednesday, “Train” earned $34.3 million from 4.75 million admissions over its opening five day run. That represented 75% of the total weekend box office. Including $4.29 million from the previous week’s… Read more »

Nintendo Shares Dip on Pokemon Go Warning

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Shares in Japanese games and hardware manufacturer Nintendo dipped a seemingly dramatic 17% in early trade Monday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange after the company cooled expectations of an immediate profits bonanza from ‘Pokemon Go.’ The augmented reality game has become an instant sensation since its roll out in North America earlier this month. In… Read more »

Colombian Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Sweeps the 3rd Platino Awards

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PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay — Making good on its Academy Award nomination, Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” swept the 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards on Sunday night in Uruguay, winning in seven of the eight categories for which it was up for a prize. Opening Uruguay’s new Punta del Este Convention Center, the 2016 Platinos… Read more »

‘Preacher’ Recap: Hell or Ratwater

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This post contains spoilers for “Preacher” season 1, episode 9, titled “Finish the Song.” To refresh your memory of where we left off, read last week’s “Preacher” recap. Sheriff Root is done playing games. He’s taking Custer into custody. But after a creepy story about what happens to child killers in prison, hinting at the fact that he thinks Custer… Read more »

Verizon to Buy Yahoo’s Core Business for $4.8 Billion (Report)

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The board of Yahoo officially agreed to sell its core assets to Verizon, according to a New York Times report on Sunday. The deal is expected to be announced on Monday, ending months of speculation. The sale entails Yahoo’s core Internet business; the company’s stable of patents will be sold separately, as would its multibillion-dollar… Read more »

‘Pandy’ Launch Seals Canada-China Deal for Arcana and Yisang

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Canadian comics firm Arcana Studios has struck a strategic alliance with China’s Yisang Media and its offshoot Los Angeles-Beijing Studios. The relationship kicks off with production of animated feature “Pandy.” The story features pandas and aliens and echoes “Cowboys and Aliens,” which was previously overseen by Arcana CEO Sean Patrick O’Reilly. Start of production on… Read more »

Roger Ailes May Be Done but the Debate Has Just Begun

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If the Murdochs were hoping the removal of Roger Ailes from Fox News was going to bring to an end the controversy that has enveloped the organization, they were sorely mistaken. Days after the the CEO’s golden parachute began making its $40 million descent to the curb outside his company’s Manhattan headquarters, yet another revelation… Read more »

China Box Office: Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’ Leaps to $60 Million Opening

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Jackie Chan’s comedy action film “Skiptrace” jumped to a $60 million four day opening in China, where it bounced far ahead of fellow openers and holdovers alike. The film released on Thursday (July 21) and charged off to a $14.7 million opening day. Over the Friday to Sunday period it took a further $44.0 million,… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: July 18

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‘Divergent’ Finale to Skip Theaters, Launch as a TV Movie and Spinoff Series Lionsgate is planning to wrap up the “Divergent Series” with a television movie and a spinoff series, Variety has learned. Jon Stewart to Trump Supporters: ‘You Don’t Own America’ Jon Stewart addressed the nation Thursday night in one of his first political… Read more »

’24: Legacy’ Producers Talk Potential ‘Intersection’ with Jack Bauer

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“24: Legacy” is no reboot, the show’s executive producers insist, and while they’re currently focused on telling a new story with Corey Hawkins’ Eric Carter, they’re not ruling out the possibility of revisiting Jack Bauer or other old favorites in the course of the new series. “This is an expansion of the ’24’ universe, not… Read more »