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World Cup Final Scores 22.3M Peak In France As TF1 Secures Best Ratings Since 2016

France's World Cup win helped commercial broadcaster TF1 to its best ratings since 2016 as Les Blues defeat of Croatia peaked with 22.3M viewers. The triumph averaged 19.3M with an 82% share across its 90-minutes in France, which was marginally up on its semi-final win over Belgium, which averaged 19.1M viewers and a 70.5% share. However, this does not take into account the millions watching in bars and town squares throughout the country. Overall, the tournament has been… Read


Beanie Feldstein Comedy ‘How To Build A Girl’ Adds Cast, Lionsgate With Shoot Under Way

Beanie Fedstein starrer How To Build A Girl is now under way in UK with Lionsgate on board for UK distribution. Joining Feldstein (Lady Bird) and Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen in the comedic coming-of-age feature are Paddy Considine (Journeyman), Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Laurie Kynaston (England Is Mine), Joanna Scanlan (Pin Cushion), Arinzé Kene (Been So Long), Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea), Tadhg Murphy (Guerrilla) and Ziggy Heath (Spies of War… Read


Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Deneuve To Star In Cannes Winner Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s ‘Truth’

Cannes Palme d'Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda will make his first film outside of Japan later this year with starry drama La Vérité (The Truth). Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Deneuve and Ludivine Sagnier are due to star in the largely French-language pic, the film’s producer has confirmed to us. Binoche and Hawke will co-star as a married couple who return to France from the U.S. after the wife's mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her controversial… Read


‘The Crown’: First Image Revealed Of Olivia Colman As Queen Elizabeth II


Her Royal Majesty… Olivia Colman. Netflix has released the first image of the Broadchurch and Night Manager star as The Queen in the forthcoming season of The Crown. Colman, seen in the image drinking a cup of tea and eating a slice of marmalade toast, replaces Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of the Left Bank Pictures drama. Filming is currently underway. She stars alongside Tobias Menzies, who will play Prince Philip. Elsewhere, Ben Daniels… Read


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

Box Office

‘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