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Hong Kong Film Awards: Benny Chan Wins Posthumous Best Director Prize

The late director Benny Chan, who passed away in 2020, was posthumously awarded the best director prize for his cops-and-robbers actioner Raging Fire at the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards. Actor Andy Lau accepted the award on behalf of Chan’s widow. Raging Fire also took home the best film, best action choreography and best film […]

Netflix Greenlights Japanese Thriller Series ‘Burn the House Down’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has lined up its next Japanese original series, a mystery thriller adaptation of the hit manga Burn the House Down. Created by up-and-coming artist Moyashi Fujisawa, the original manga began serialization in Kodansha’s Kiss magazine in 2017 and became an immediate hit, attracting multiple adaptation offers in the year’s since. The Netflix series, like […]

Korean Streamer TVING to Acquire Rival Seezn to Better Compete With Netflix, Disney+

Two of South Korea’s leading domestic streaming services, TVING and Seezn, have unveiled plans to merge, forming a single platform that’s better equipped to take on global rivals like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+. Powerhouse Korean entertainment company CJ ENM, which holds the controlling stake in TVING, confirmed the merger via a regulatory filing, […]

China Box Office: ‘Detective vs. Sleuths’ Wins Weekend, ‘Mozart From Space’ Disappoints

Hong Kong crime thriller Detective vs. Sleuths surged to the top of China’s box office in its second weekend of release, earning $18.4 million. Chinese hitmaker Chen Sicheng’s much anticipated sci-fi comedy Mozart From Space, meanwhile, made a disappointing start in second place, taking $16.6 million. Slipping just 20 percent from its opening frame, Detective […]

Netflix Comedy Series ‘Mom, Don’t Do That!’ Wins Taipei Festival Award Ahead of Worldwide Debut

Netflix’s latest Chinese-language family comedy series Mom, Don’t Do That! received a burst of buzz ahead of its global release Friday, winning the Taipei Film Festival’s audience award July 9. The first two episodes of Mom, Don’t Do That! were screened in a special preview at the Taipei Film Festival on July 1. The series went on to […]

Drake’s Team Denies Rapper Was Arrested in Sweden

Rapper Drake has not been arrested in Sweden, his team tells The Hollywood Reporter, dispelling fevered rumors that hit social media Thursday night. Internet speculation suggested Drake had been arrested by local police at a Stockholm nightclub. His team categorically tells THR that the Grammy winner was in his hotel in the Swedish capital and […]

James Franco to Star in Bille August’s Post-WWII Drama ‘Me, You’

James Franco is stepping up his acting comeback and will play one of the lead roles in Danish director Bille August’s post-World War II coming-of-age drama Me, You, adapted from the novel Tu, Mia by Erri De Luca. Franco will star alongside Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) and Daisy Jacob (Vanity Fair), with principal photography set to take […]

Disney to Produce Three Projects Featuring K-Pop Supergroup BTS

Disney and K-Pop supergroup BTS are getting into business together. The Walt Disney Co. and BTS’ studio home Hybe revealed a new global content partnership Tuesday that will see the companies work together to produce five titles for Disney’s streaming services, including three exclusive projects featuring BTS or BTS members. Aligning itself with the world’s […]

Netflix and Paramount+ Have Largest U.K. Original Streaming Slates So Far in 2022, Study Finds

Paramount+ has the second-largest slate of original subscription video on demand titles ordered in the U.K. so far in 2022, ranking only behind Netflix, Ampere Analysis said in a Monday report. In the first quarter of 2022, Paramount+ expanded into Western Europe with most of its new commissions, seven out of 12 to be precise, […]

CineAsia to Return in December for First Edition in Four Years

CineAsia, the exhibition and distribution industry conference usually hosted every fall somewhere in Asia Pacific, is set to return for an in-person edition for the first time in four years. Organizers said Friday that CineAsia will take place in Bangkok from Dec. 5 to 8. The event will be hosted in the cinemas and convention […]

Japan’s Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Dies After Being Shot at Campaign Event

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died after he was shot while giving a campaign speech in the city of Nara. Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported that Abe, 67, was shot during a campaign event at 11:30 a.m. local time. He appeared to be bleeding from the chest after being shot from behind mid-speech. […]

108 Media Buys Majority Stake in Singaporean Animation Studio Robot Playground Media

U.K. production and distribution company 108 Media said Wednesday that it has acquired a majority stake in Singapore-based animation studio Robot Playground Media (RPM). Co-founded and run by Ervin Han and Bernard Toh, RPM has developed and produced animation projects for clients including Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney Southeast Asia, MediaCorp, StarHub and Viacom. In 2019, Toh directed Mickey […]