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‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Will Hit China Before Opening Stateside

Penguins of Madagascar to Unspool in China Before U.S.

Exclusive: Kids in China will be seeing Penguins of Madagascar nearly two weeks before kids in America get a chance to see the spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise. The film opens in China on Nov. 14, two days before its red carpet premier in New York, and 12 days before the film debuts in U.S. theaters on Nov. 26. That's because the Chinese government sets the dates for all movie openings there. Oriental DreamWorks, which works closely with the Chinese… Read

Is Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ The Next Bollywood Blockbuster? (Video)

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Bollywood stars have been having a good run at the international box office over the past year, from Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's current release Bang Bang to Salman Khan in Kick this summer. Next up is arguably the best-known global Bollywood hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in Happy New Year (see trailer below). Set for day-and-date release on Friday in India, North America, Australia, the UK, UAE and elsewhere, the heist pic reunites Khan with his Om Shanti Om and Chennai… Read

Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant Tune Up For Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence’ – AFM


Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an… Read

Comedy Central Int’l Moves Ahead With ‘Brotherhood’ Sitcom From UK’s Big Talk


As part of Comedy Central International's initiative to commission multi-camera sitcoms for a global audience, the Viacom-owned broadcaster is going into production on UK series Brotherhood, the first to come through its development pipeline. Formerly known as Mummy's Boys, an unaired pilot was shot last year and eight half-hour episodes have been confirmed. ITV-owned Big Talk Productions (A Young Doctor's Notebook, Ant Man) is shooting Brotherhood on location and in… Read

Powerful ‘Klinghoffer’ Premiere Starts With Protests, Ends With Cheers


Police barricades surrounded the plaza at Lincoln Center, helicopters buzzed overhead and several hundred protesters, at one point led by former mayor Rudy Giuliani, denounced the Metropolitan Opera on Monday evening for presenting The Death Of Klinghoffer. Brandishing placards that read “Shame On Peter Gelb” — a reference to the Met's general manager — and “The Met Opera Glorifies Terrorism,” the marchers sang “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, and listened to… Read

Pitt Honors Soldiers; BBC Takes To ‘London Spy’, ‘Passing Bells'; More: Global Briefs

Brad Pitt at BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival closed with a bang Sunday night as Brad Pitt, Shia Lebeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal hit town for the European premiere of David Ayer's WW2 drama Fury. Speaking to reporters, Pitt paid tribute to the sacrifices so many soldiers had made. "We all walked away absolutely enriched and for me, specifically, it was a real study in leadership, earning one's respect and being responsible for others. I walk away knowing I'm a better… Read

Int’l Box Office Final: ‘Guardians’ Now 3rd Biggest Marvel Movie Ever

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3rd UPDATE, 2:45 PM (PT): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher's thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the YA hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson's Lucy, Universal's Dracula Untold, Fox's sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M… Read

Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex OD; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near EGOT

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros' Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full… Read

‘Bang Bang’ Shoots To Top Of 2014 Chart As #1 Bollywood Film In North America: Box Office


Hrithik Roshan-starrer Bang Bang has advanced to the top spot among Bollywood films in North America for the year. With a gross now of $2.56M, it bested the previous 2014 record holder, Salman Khan's Kick, which earned $2.47M during its summer run. The Knight And Day remake that co-stars Katrina Kaif went out day-and-date on October 2, scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year for a Bollywood title. From Fox International Productions and Fox Star Studios, Bang Bang… Read

Pedro Almodovar Feted As Thierry Frémaux’s Lumière Fest Nears Close

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The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it's not just art-house either — tonight's program includes… Read

Rosie Day Joins ‘All Roads Lead To Rome’


Rosie Day has joined Sarah Jessica Parker and Raoul Bova in All Roads Lead To Rome, the Ella Lemhagen-directed romantic comedy that is being produced by Silvio Muraglia, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Barcardi, with Frank Konigsberg and David Wyler exec producing and Viki Marras co-producer. Pic is shooting in Rome and the story revolves around a woman (Parker) and her former Italian lover (Bova) who go on a road trip across scenic Italy pursuing her rebellious teenage… Read

Well-Attended Mipcom Has Lots Of Drama, Lack Of Non-Scripted Breakouts


The 30th edition of the annual Mipcom TV market set a couple of records this year with 112 countries and 13,700 delegates – both all-time highs. It's notable that of those, 1,300 were acquiring digital and VOD rights. The big attendance level was especially felt at the keynote speeches which were in some cases SRO, a rare phenomenon, although they did draw Ted Sarandos, James Murdoch and Simon Cowell, among others. But the market was less noisy than it has been in recent… Read


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