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Vivendi on Track to Poach French Mobile Game Company Gameloft, Ubisoft’s Sister Banner

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PARIS — Vivendi is on track to win its hostile bid to take over the French mobile game company Gameloft, the sister-banner of “Assassin’s Creed” maker Ubisoft. Vivendi has indeed garnered the support of the majority of Gameloft’s shareholders, namely Amber Capital and CIC, after making a bid at 8 Euros per share on Friday…. Read more »

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Dwayne Johnson Confirmed for ‘Doc Savage’

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Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the Sony Pictures adaptation of “Doc Savage.” Shane Black is directing the pic from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Black made it clear while promoting his film “The Nice Guys” that he wanted Johnson for “Doc Savage” and Johnson made it official on… Read more »

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Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Tops With $80 Million, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Bombs

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” easily topped the Memorial Day weekend box office, racking up a commanding $80 million over the four-day period in an otherwise forgettable holiday for the movie business. Its victory came at the expense of  “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest bombs. The follow-up… Read more »

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Latin American Distributor Diamond Films Moves Into Spain

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MADRID — Diamond Films, part of Latin America’s Telefilms Group, its biggest independent movie distributor, has expanded to Europe, setting up Diamond Films España, a direct distribution operation in Spain headed by Spanish distrib vet Carles Montiel and Gonzalo Claiman-Versini. Montiel has held executive positions at multiple Spanish independent distribution houses such as Lauren Films,… Read more »

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‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Tops Foreign Box Office

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Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” topped the foreign box office, earning a respectable $65 million this weekend from nearly 80 foreign territories. However, the fantasy adventure is still staring at a write-down after bombing domestically, where it earned a meagre $28.1 million in its opening weekend. By the time it ends its run, the… Read more »

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Korea Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Debuts on Top

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Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” opened in top spot at the Korean box office on Wednesday (May 25). Debuting on 1,258 screens nationwide, the Marvel-based superhero film earned $11.5 million from 1.63 million admissions over five days. The score is slightly lower than “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which made $13.3 million from 1.91 million admissions in… Read more »

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China Box Office: ‘Alice’ Looks at $26 Million Opening

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Hollywood movies occupied the four top spots at the Chinese box office over the weekend, but their scores and the combined cumulative performance were on the low side of ordinary by recent standards. “Alice Through The Looking Glass” opened in top spot with a three day weekend total of $26.3 million, deposing “The Angry Birds… Read more »

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Johnny Depp: Anatomy of a Fallen Movie Star

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In a 2005 episode of “Entourage” a super-agent played by Malcolm McDowell tells Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold that his eight-year-old daughter knew that Johnny Depp was going to be a star when she watched “Platoon.” “You showed her ‘Platoon’ when she was eight years old?” the hyper-caffinated Gold asks incredulously. The joke may be about… Read more »

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