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China-U.S. Tariff Battle Spells Long Term Pain for Entertainment

The entertainment industry may be feeling relieved that the latest $200 billion round of tariffs announced on Monday by Donald Trump against Chinese imports did little direct damage. But the pain may come in the longer term if economic relations between the world’s two largest economies continue to worsen. Jack Ma, who had been the […]

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Visual Effects Firm Vividthree Heads for Singapore IPO

Singapore-based digital effects company Vividthree Holdings is to float on the local stock exchange later this month. The IPO will raise $9.50 million (S$13 million). The firm is a subsidiary of mini-conglomerate mm2 Asia, which currently has a 49% holding. That position will fall to 42% and leading individual shareholders Charles Yeo and Jay Hong […]

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San Sebastian: Filmax Swoops on Competition Title ‘Between Two Waters’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID — Barcelona-based mini-major Filmax has secured world sales rights outside Spain to “Entre dos Aguas” (Between Two Waters), one of the two Spanish world premieres in its main competition, directed by Isaki Lacuesta who lifted the festival’s top Golden Shell in 2011 with “The Double Steps.” BTeam Pictures, the distribution arm of BTeamProds, one […]

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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date. Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts […]

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Film News Roundup: Danny Boyle’s Comedy Moved Forward

In today’s film news roundup, Danny Boyle’s upcoming comedy has been moved forward, James Wan is producing a horror movie based on the short “Milk” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is returning to theaters. RELEASE DATE Universal Pictures will move its untitled Danny Boyle comedy forward three months from Sept. 13, 2019, to June […]

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LA Film Festival Looks for Reinvention With Fall Berth

Eight years ago, the LA Film Festival hosted June premieres in downtown Los Angeles for a pair of decidedly high-profile movies — “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Despicable Me.” The festival’s 24th edition, which launches Thursday night, will be very different. Film Independent moved the festival from downtown two years ago to the Arclight venues. Tentpoles […]

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Kesha Releases Song ‘Here Comes the Change’ for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie

Kesha has released the song “Here Comes the Change” as a rallying cry for empowerment that will be featured in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg movie “On the Basis of Sex.” The song dropped on Wednesday, three months before the Dec. 25 opening of the movie, which stars Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer. The tune was […]

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Animation Is Film Festival Announces Opening Night Movie, Competition Titles, Jury

Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” will open the second Animation Is Film Festival, slated for Oct. 19-21 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre. Hosoda will attend the screening, which will be the North American premiere of the film, which debuted in Cannes. “Mirai” is also among the initial films in competition announced by the festival, produced by independent […]

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