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Greek Theatre Concert Venue Evacuated – Police Believe “SWAT-ting” Is Cause

The Greek Theatre, a major concert venue in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles, was evacuated Sunday night. Yousef Erakat, better known as fouseyTUBE, was performing when his show was moved outside to the venue’s parking lot. A bomb threat forced about 1,500 people to leave the venue. A call to police indicated an explosive device was placed at the venue, but an investigation did not discover any such package. The threat forced the cancellation of the show by… Read


Mai Tai Sing Dies: Chinese American Actress & Forbidden City Performer Was 94

Chinese American actress Mai Tai Sing died on July 11. Sing appeared in numerous films and TV series and was a performer at San Francisco’s legendary Forbidden City nightclub. She was 94. Sing died in Hawaii after battling heart disease according to the Los Angeles Times. Born Mae Tsang in Oakland on Dec. 22, 1923, Sing’s entertainment career started when she, without any experience in dance, became a chorus girl in Forbidden CIty’s all-Chinese shows in the ’40s. She rose… Read


STX Entertainment Eyes August IPO In Hong Kong

STX Entertainment, which is known for action features like The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Killer’s Game with Jason Statham is looking to go public in Hong Kong in August. If the planned IPO goes through, it would mark the first U.S. company to raise funds in Hong Kong. According to the South China Morning Post, which announced the news Sunday, John Zhao, chief executive of Hony Capital said that STX has picked Hong Kong  “because the city will offer a better… Read


Robert Wolders Dies: The ‘Laredo’ Star & Audrey Hepburn Companion Was 81

Robert Wolders, who is known for his role in the Western television series Laredo and as the longtime companion of Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, died on July 12. He was 81. The official Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund Twitter account announced the news saying, “With the heaviest heart we salute our Board Member, mentor and friend Robert Wolders. May your beautiful soul rest in peace. Your shining example lives on.” Wolders was born in the Netherlands on Sept. 28, 1936. He… Read


‘Doctor Who’ World Cup Promo Introduces The New Time Lord & Her Companions

The famed Time Lord popped up Sunday during the final match of the World Cup between France and Croatia — but not on the field like the Pussy Riot protesters. BBC premiered a promo for the 11th season of Doctor Who that gave us a look at Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteen Doctor and her trusty companions which include Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh). The teaser might be 40 seconds, but it packs in enough excitement to quench the thirst for D… Read


World Cup: Celebrating France Victory Cuts Across Politics And Other Differences

For one day, at least, the world managed to put aside its differences and celebrate a game beloved across the planet, honoring the two teams that made it to the final championship with thanks and gratitude. The 2018 World Cup final brought moments of drama, political protests, celebration, controversy on at least one call, and ultimately, a celebration of human spirit and national unity that is rarely achieved outside of sports. Crowds packed the lawns beneath the Eiffel… Read

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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Registers $100M+ WW; ‘Skyscraper’ Jumps In Low With $40M Offshore – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: After starting early offshore rollout Down Under two weeks ago, Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation checked into another 42 markets this frame, and topped the studio charts with $46.4M in 44 total hubs. The overseas tally is now $54.8M for a global total of $100.12M. The Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed threequel set a new record as Sony's biggest animated opening for the same group of 42 new markets and was No. 1 in 33. Similar to… Read


BBC Unveils First Look At Drama Slate Featuring John Malkovich’s ‘The ABC Murders’ & HBO Co-Pro ‘Gentleman Jack’

The BBC has unveiled the first clip of its forthcoming slate of dramas – many of which will air on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, PBS and AMC in the U.S. The British public broadcaster launched the trailer on BBC One following its coverage of the World Cup final and has also put it online above. It features shows including John Malkovich-fronted Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders, which will air on Amazon, PBS co-pro Les Misérables, which stars Dominic West and David… Read


Pussy Riot Disrupts World Cup With On-Field Protest

Russia’s Pussy Riot anarchists briefly disrupted the World Cup game between France and Croatia , sending four people dressed as police onto the field and stopping the game. The group claimed responsibility via Twitter and said the protest was a message to free political prisoners. The group managed to evade the numerous stewards on the sidelines to get onto the pitch, where one made it to midfield and high-fived France forward Kylian Mbappe. Another protester was detained… Read


World Cup: France Tops Croatia, 4-2, Returns To Glory 20 Years After Last FIFA Triumph

France decisively beat Croatia 4-2 today to win the World Cup in Moscow, a triumph 20 years in the making. The Croatian team battled hard and actually dominated play at times, but France managed to find the holes in the smaller country’s defense and never trailed. Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player at the tournament, and assured that his name will be in the debates to come over who is the planet’s best player. The game had its… Read


Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship – ESPN Saturday Ratings Up

Saturday's Wimbledon Ladies' Championship on ESPN was the network’s highest-rated match since 2015, earning a 2.1 overnight rating from Nielsen, up 27% from a 1.7 in 2017 (Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams). The 2015 match garnered a 2.2 for Serena Williams vs. Muguruza. The rating for Saturday’s 75-minute match peaked at 2.4 in the final quarter hour (12:15-30 p.m. ET). The full ESPN telecast – starting at 8 a.m. ET with the continuation of the Rafael Nadal – Novak… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

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Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday… Read