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Vivendi on Track to Poach French Mobile Game Company Gameloft, Ubisoft’s Sister Banner

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PARIS — Vivendi is on track to win its hostile bid to take over the French mobile game company Gameloft, the sister-banner of “Assassin’s Creed” maker Ubisoft. Vivendi has indeed garnered the support of the majority of Gameloft’s shareholders, namely Amber Capital and CIC, after making a bid at 8 Euros per share on Friday…. Read more »

Dwayne Johnson Confirmed for ‘Doc Savage’

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Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the Sony Pictures adaptation of “Doc Savage.” Shane Black is directing the pic from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Black made it clear while promoting his film “The Nice Guys” that he wanted Johnson for “Doc Savage” and Johnson made it official on… Read more »

Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Tops With $80 Million, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Bombs

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” easily topped the Memorial Day weekend box office, racking up a commanding $80 million over the four-day period in an otherwise forgettable holiday for the movie business. Its victory came at the expense of  “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest bombs. The follow-up… Read more »

Wanda Opens Nanchang Theme Park, Stirs China Rivalry With Disney

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China’s Dalian Wanda group this weekend opened its latest theme park in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. And immediately stirred the rivalry with Disney, which will open its first theme park in mainland China next month. Snow White and Captain America characters were reportedly seen as part of a parade at the Saturday opening of the Wanda… Read more »

Anthony Hopkins on ‘The Dresser,’ ‘Westworld’ and Why He Hates Car Chases

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Anthony Hopkins famously walked away from stage work decades ago — but he finally returns (sort of) in Starz’s “The Dresser,” which premieres May 30. The TV movie is an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play set in World War II-era London about an aging actor, Sir (Hopkins), who’s struggling to prepare for his upcoming performance… Read more »

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Tops Foreign Box Office

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Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” topped the foreign box office, earning a respectable $65 million this weekend from nearly 80 foreign territories. However, the fantasy adventure is still staring at a write-down after bombing domestically, where it earned a meagre $28.1 million in its opening weekend. By the time it ends its run, the… Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Alice’ Looks at $26 Million Opening

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Hollywood movies occupied the four top spots at the Chinese box office over the weekend, but their scores and the combined cumulative performance were on the low side of ordinary by recent standards. “Alice Through The Looking Glass” opened in top spot with a three day weekend total of $26.3 million, deposing “The Angry Birds… Read more »

PopPolitics: Trump and the Politics of Mass Distraction (Listen)

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Donald Trump actually delivered a speech on energy policy this past week, but it was overshadowed by coverage of protests outside his rallies and his own invoking of ’90s scandals involving Bill and Hillary Clinton. Does a news environment of discord and disarray still work in his favor? On the latest edition of Variety‘s “PopPolitics”… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: May 23

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‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Indicted for Child Pornography Mark Salling, who played Puck on “Glee,” was indicted on Friday for possessing child pornography, Variety has learned. ‘The Voice’ Crowns Season 10 Winner NBC’s “The Voice” unveiled its Season 10 winner on Tuesday night, crowning Alisan Porter the latest champion of the popular singing competition. ‘Game… Read more »