‘Perhaps Love’ Wins Korea Box Office Weekend as Cinemas Lose

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Box office takings in South Korea retreated over the weekend, despite a local film taking the top spot. This year has seen a dearth of local movies releasing in cinemas, though that shortage may be reversed in the coming months. Local comedy drama film “Perhaps Love” was the biggest film of the weekend. It earned…

BTS Rules the Night at the American Music Awards

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At this year’s American Music Awards, one thing was abundantly clear: BTS owned the night. The K-pop group — consisting of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook — not only won three of the awards show’s most prestigious honors, but took the stage twice to deliver high-energy performances. Powered by their dedicated…

China Box Office: ‘Be Somebody’ Powers up Weekend as ‘Lake

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Crime comedy film “Be Somebody” expanded its box office take by 20% in its second weekend of release in China and joined in a 49% surge in nationwide gross revenues. Nationwide box office climbed from $43.1 million in the previous weekend to $64.3 million between Friday and Sunday. For all that, China’s year to date…

Eddie Redmayne: Playing Trans Character in ‘The Danish Girl’ Was

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Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has said that playing a trans character in “The Danish Girl” was a “mistake.” Based on true events, Redmayne played one of the first people in the world who underwent gender reassignment surgery in the Tom Hooper-directed film. Redmayne, who won a best actor Oscar in 2015 for playing disabled scientist…

‘Day After…’ Helmer Kamar Ahmad Simon Shows That at the

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Kamar Ahmad Simon started his “water trilogy” with “Are You Listening!,” about a family living on the coast of Bangladesh, struggling to keep their land from flooding. “Day After…”, the second part, conceived all the way back in 2013, has just celebrated its world premiere at IDFA’s international competition after being selected for the 2017…

CNN Portugal Launches, Run By Media Capital and a Sign

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Celebrated by a VIP evening event at Lisbon’s imposing Jerónimos Monastery, CNN and partner Media Capital will bow CNN Portugal on Monday, marking the biggest news launch in many years for the country. A 24-hour Portuguese-language channel, CNN Portugal will be run by Media Capital, Portugal’s largest media conglomerate, which also owns top broadcast network…

Fremantle Forges Partnership With Creative Alliance of Nine Production Companies

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Fremantle has forged a ground-breaking three-year partnership agreement with a creative alliance of nine leading independent production companies to help them develop and fund high-quality international dramas series and films. Called The Creatives, the alliance spans eight countries and has been spearheaded by France’s Haut Et Court, the production and distribution banner behind “The Returned”…

Premium Video Grows in Southeast Asia as Chinese Content Strikes

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Premium video consumption in Southeast Asia grew at 6% quarter-on-quarter in the July to September period, roughly double the 3% expansion of the overall online video sector, says a new market report. Chinese content is beginning to make an impact. “Southeast Asia Online Video Consumer Insights & Analytics,” from Media Partners Asia’s AMPD Research and…

Ridley Scott: Live-Action ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Alien’ TV Series Being

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Ridley Scott has confirmed that live-action TV series of two of his most enduring movies, “Blade Runner” and “Alien,” are fast progressing, with pilots written for both shows. Speaking with the BBC on Monday, the “House of Gucci” helmer suggested the “Blade Runner” adaptation is being plotted as a 10-episode series: “We [have already] written…

DocLab’s Caspar Sonnen on the 15th Anniversary of IDFA’s Pioneering

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Founded in 2007, IDFA’s platform for interactive documentary art and storytelling, DocLab, prepares to celebrate its 15th anniversary with a slew of new projects and collaborations, theme program Liminal Reality and a special screening of Jonathan Harris’ “In Fragments.” His digital projects were featured during the event’s very first year. “Everything has changed and nothing…