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    ‘Skyscraper’ Tops China Box Office With $48 Million Opening

    “Skyscraper” comfortably topped the Chinese box office on its opening weekend. It enjoyed a 50% market share and earned $48 million, according to local data tracker Ent Group. The prospect of a burning tower block should terrify audiences in China, where so many citizens live in vertical cities. But with the hugely popular Dwayne Johnson [...]

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    The Secret Majesty of ABBA: They Were the Feminine Pop Opera of Their Time

    In the ’70s, you always tended to hear two things about ABBA: that they were most stratospherically successful pop group since the Beatles (which was true); and that musically, they were a shiny bouncy joke — the quintessence of bubble-gum triviality, four smiling Swedish troubadours in space-age polyester disco suits singing happy jingles of ear [...]

  • Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Leads China Box

    China Box Office Propels 'Skyscraper' to $75 Million Overseas

    Can China save “Skyscraper” from collapsing at the box office? Dwayne Johnson’s disaster drama collected $75 million internationally this weekend, propelled by a $47.7 million bow in China. Along with $11 million this weekend in North America, “Skyscraper” has pocketed $179.6 million globally. The film, which is set in Hong Kong and features a number [...]

  • Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry

    Durban FilmMart Celebrates Women as Industry Still Struggles With Transformation

    DURBAN  — As the Durban Film Fest and its parallel industry program, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), unspooled this weekend in South Africa, a focus on issues facing women in the industry has dominated the program. “DFM is unapologetic about putting women on the agenda,” said producer Zoe Ramushu, who moderated a round table on transformation [...]

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    Sara Blecher’s ‘Mayfair’ Brings Feminine Gaze to Gangster Tale

    DURBAN — When we’re first introduced to computer whiz Zaid (Ronak Patani) in the opening scene of Sara Blecher’s “Mayfair,” he’s playing Robin Hood in an east African refugee camp—distributing sacks of food that have been left to rot in an aid group’s warehouse. That charitable impulse gets him canned, the first sign that an [...]

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    African Finance Under Spotlight at Durban FilmMart  

    DURBAN — Financing African films has always required equal parts imagination and hustle, and as the global movie industry weathers its own seismic upheaval from new financing and distribution challenges, filmmakers on the continent are learning to adapt on the fly. That was the takeaway of a Durban FilmMart panel July 21, where Dayo Ogunyemi, [...]

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