Korean Blockbuster ‘Roaring Currents’ Flows to China

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Roaring Currents,” the period action film which became the highest grossing movie of all time in Korea, is to open in China.

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‘Guardians’ Claims China Box Office Crown

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office in its second week on release. It flew to a $38 million week and a ten day cumulative score of $69.0 million. The previous week “Guardians” charted only in second place behind local comedy phenomenon “Breakup Buddies,” but it won the... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed’

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed” is an easygoing seriocomic flashback starring Javier Camara as a Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher who pursues a chance to actually meet John Lennon in 1966 Spain.

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Apple Beats Fiscal Q4 Earnings Estimates, as Wall Street Eyes Huge iPhone Sales Pipeline

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple handily topped analyst expectations for its September quarter, as the tech giant reported sales of 39.3 million iPhones — and Wall Street anticipates an even bigger surge for the smartphone business during the 2014 holiday shopping season. The company posted revenue of $42.1 billion and earnings per share of $1.42 for fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, which ended Sept. 27. Financial... Read more

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USA Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for Season 3, Sets Holiday Special

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

USA Network loves the Chrisley clan. The cabler has given a third-season renewal to “Chrisley Knows Best,” the comedy-reality series following a larger-than-life father, Todd Chrisley, a wealthy businessman who heads sprawling family of five children and two grandchildren in Atlanta. The series opened its second season last week to strong ratings rivaling USA’s original... Read more

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Why Halloween is Looking Like a Box Office Graveyard

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood’s worst fear is being realized this Halloween. The ghouls-and-goblins holiday falls on a Friday, an accident of the calendar that will likely result in a box office bloodbath. Moviegoing will be low on the list of people’s entertainment priorities, robbing the exhibition industry of one of the busiest nights of the week. It marks the... Read more

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Netflix Pacts for Original Canadian Thriller Series ‘Between’

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has cut a three-way deal for original survivalist thriller series “Between,” under which the streaming service will premiere it alongside its debut on Canadian TV and subscription VOD. The first season of “Between,” with six hour-long episodes, will premiere on Rogers Broadcasting’s City stations and Canadian SVOD service Shomi as well as on Netflix... Read more

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BBC to Launch ‘Doctor Who’ Online Game for Children

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — U.K. public broadcaster the BBC is to launch “The Doctor and the Dalek,” an online game voiced by “Doctor Who” star Peter Capaldi. The game sees the Doctor thrown into a dangerous quest in an unlikely alliance with a Dalek, one of his most devious of enemies, in a stand-alone story from Phil... Read more

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When Not Whacking Zombies, This TV Star Is Lurking on Reddit

October 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Steven Yeun Age 30 Claim to fame Stars as Glenn Rhee on AMC’s The Walking Dead (Sundays, 9 p.m.) Base Los Angeles Twitter @steveyeun What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I turn on the computer and I’m probably on Reddit straight away. I’m a lurker. That’s what they call them, right? People that don’t post but they just read stuff? I really like the science subreddits, but typically I just go to the front page and let it tell me what the day is about. What are your go-to social media platforms? I use Instagram and Twitter. A long time ago, when I first started, I used to tweet a lot of “this is what I’m into” or “this is what I just watched” or stuff like that. I’ll still do that on occasion, but I’ve gotten better at not boring people who are following me. So I just periodically post some information or something that I’m interested in. It’s still not very well-curated, I guess [laughs]. Who do you follow? My favorite people to follow on Twitter are probably Howard Stern, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell—he rarely tweets but when he does, it’s very potent—Hannibal Buress, Jimmy Fallon. Any comedy dudes. Do you listen to any comedy podcasts?

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Film Review: ‘Son of a Gun’

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At least three entertaining films are jostling for position in Australian writer-director Julius Avery's messily propulsive debut feature "Son of a Gun" — and if none ultimately emerges dominant, the red-blooded tussle between them is never dull to watch.

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