SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru : Legendary Entertainment/Warner Bros’ Pokemon Detective Pikachu took the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend with a $103M start in 62 markets, just edging the third frame of Avengers: Endgame per today’s estimates. Along with the early release in Japan, Pikachu ‘s offshore cume is $112.4M through Sunday, and the global total with the strong domestic bow is $170.4M . By a hair of his lightning tail, Pikachu topped the third overseas session of Disney/Marvel’s Endgame which added $102.3M in 55 material markets (globally the MCU pic won the weekend with $165.4M to the little critter’s $161M). Last session, Endgame sailed past Titanic to become the No. 2 movie of all time both offshore and worldwide. Its cumes currently sit at $1.762B international and $2.486B global. Endgame remains the No. 2 film of all time behind Avatar with about $302M now separating them on a worldwide basis. … [Read more...] about ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Catches $103M In Overseas Bow; ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Assembles $2.486B WW – International Box Office
Doha Film Institute Pioneers Series Lab As MENA Indie Film Producers Push Into Drama In Untapped Region
Lamia Chraibi is one of Morocco’s best-known indie film producers whose credits include Mica , about a boy from the slums who is discovered to have a talent for tennis, and Sitges prize-winning horror Achoura as well as co-producing 2016 Cannes Critics’ Week winner Las Mimosas . The Franco-Moroccan producer, who works under the banner of La Prod in Casablanca and Moons a Deal in Paris, is now attempting to break into drama series. It is a transition that has been tried and tested by indie film producers in Europe and North America but is less common in the Middle East and North Africa . Chraibi is giving it a shot in the belief that North African drama could eventually enjoy the same popularity as the non-English language shows out of Scandinavia, Turkey or South Korea. “I’m convinced that they could seduce audiences in the same way,” she says. “Language and origin of a series is no longer an issue, if anything, there’s an appetite to see stories set in … [Read more...] about Doha Film Institute Pioneers Series Lab As MENA Indie Film Producers Push Into Drama In Untapped Region
‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Off To Strong Start In Early Overseas Play
With overseas rollout having begun Wednesday, Lionsgate /Thunder Road Films/87 Eleven’s John Wick: Chapter 4 is off to a strong start at the international box office . Across just a handful of markets, figures we’re hearing put the early estimated cume at roughly $3.9M through Wednesday and including Australia and New Zealand’s Thursday launches. As Anthony reported, Thursday’s domestic previews of around $8M are looking at a franchise-best, per industry estimates. The Keanu Reeves fourquel is bowing in 71 international box office markets this weekend, the biggest day-and-date footprint for the franchise which has previously tended to release in staggered fashion. The global outlook coming into the weekend is $115M, including $45M from offshore. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ‘s international opening back in 2019 was $36.9M for $93.75M worldwide, a previous global record start for the series. Parabellum didn’t have Germany, France and Spain in its opening … [Read more...] about ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Off To Strong Start In Early Overseas Play
Gladys Knight Demands Meeting With Biden Over PPE Company, Why BTS and Not Me?
Getty Gladys Knight is furious that President Biden has invited the likes of BTS to The White House, yet her repeated requests for a sit-down with the President over a vital issue have been ignored ... and she flatly asks the question ... "Are the problems associated with African Americans not equal to those of other races? Why do we have to be last?" Gladys' company, Riccino Optical, provides COVID-related products, including antigen tests, anti-fog goggles and face shields. Her company, which she describes as an "African American woman owned minority business," has been trying to get a government contract to provide these PPEs to the public, but she says they've been ignored. Document Launch Doc The singer says the feds are giving contracts to the "Good old boys' network of Washington D.C. insiders." She goes on to say a contract was specifically targeted to help Native American businesses in this space, yet she says there are no Native … [Read more...] about Gladys Knight Demands Meeting With Biden Over PPE Company, Why BTS and Not Me?
Sundance Sets 2023 Fellows For Trans Possibilities Intensive
The Sundance Institute has named the six transgender storytellers of color set for the second edition of their project and professional development program, the Trans Possibilities Intensive . 2023’s cohort will include Seyi Adebanjo ( Afromystic ), Rajvi Desai ( Mother Wit ), Malik Ever ( GutBucket ), Nick Janaye ( Dead Ringer ), Jamie John ( 2Spirit Water Carrier ) and Tee Park Jaehyung ( Destiny in Sedona ). First introduced in 2021, the Trans Possibilities Intensive builds on Sundance’s proud history of supporting trans artists across artist programs and Festival programming, providing an ancillary environment for creatives to enhance their voice and craft, foster relationships with each other, and challenge the obstacles that continue to exclude transgender artists. 2023 Fellows were selected through a nominations-based application and will benefit from project-based granting, mentorship and other custom, year-round creative and professional development … [Read more...] about Sundance Sets 2023 Fellows For Trans Possibilities Intensive
‘Fatal Attraction’ Reboot, Apple TV+’s ‘Silo’ & Prime Video’s ‘Dead Ringers’ Set To Premiere At Canneseries
World premieres for some of the global streamers’ biggest upcoming launches will take place at next month’s Canneseries . Unveiled earlier today, the likes of Apple TV+’s Silo, Prime Video’s Dead Ringers and Paramount+’s Fatal Attraction reboot will be screened at the France event, which takes place concurrently with Mip TV . They will be joined by a list including Netflix France’s Tapie, Israels Corduroy and highly-anticipated South African Studiocanal drama Spinners. Other notable inclusions are Bargain, the Korean smash that has emerged from CJ ENM’s partnership with Paramount+, Childhood Dreams from The Netherlands and Good Morning Chuck (Or the Art of Harm Reduction) from Canada. The list, which makes up the shows for the 6th Canneseries, has more U.S. streamer shows than ever before. Fatal Attraction, which sees Lizzy Caplan and Joshua Jackson star in the reboot of the 1987 classic, will air out of competition alongside Silo , … [Read more...] about ‘Fatal Attraction’ Reboot, Apple TV+’s ‘Silo’ & Prime Video’s ‘Dead Ringers’ Set To Premiere At Canneseries
Sci-Fi Adventure’Timescape’ Sells Worldwide; Mediawan Sets New Boomerang TV CEO; MBC Group Bolsters Anime Activities – Global Briefs
Aristomenis Tsirbas’s ‘ Timescape ’ Sells Worldwide Luminescence has unveiled a slew of deals for Canadian director Aristomenis Tsirbas’s adventure film Timescape . Newcomers Sofian Oleniuk and Lola Rossignol-Arts star as two youngsters who travel back in time to prehistoric times, where they encounter dinosaurs while trying to escape from an approaching asteroid. Luminescence took the film to the EFM where it secured deals to Australia (Eagle), France (Factoris), Hungary (ADS), Italy (Plaion), Japan (Nikkatsu), Korea (Yejilim), Latin America (Leda Films), CIS (,Nashe Kino), Middle East (Front Row), South Africa (Filmfinity) in Taiwan (Cola Films) and the UK (Dazzler). The film was released theatrically in Canada via TVA Films in late 2022. XYZ Films acquired all U.S. rights earlier this year. The film was produced by David-Alexandre Coiteux at Fullum Films and Faisal Toor at Empress Road Pictures. Mediawan Appoints New Boomerang TV CEO El Cielo Puede Esperar, … [Read more...] about Sci-Fi Adventure’Timescape’ Sells Worldwide; Mediawan Sets New Boomerang TV CEO; MBC Group Bolsters Anime Activities – Global Briefs
‘Squid Game’ Star Hoyeon Joins Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander In Korean Thriller ‘Hope’
EXCLUSIVE : A hot project just got hotter. Emmy-nominated Korean actress and model Hoyeon , who made waves with Netflix’s Squid Game , is set to make her feature debut in director Na Hong-Jin ’s Korean thriller Hope , which we revealed earlier today . She joins Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender. This is the first project from acclaimed Korean director Na since 2016 hit The Wailing , and it’ll mark Hoyeon’s first starring role in a Korean project since she made her screen debut in Squid Game . The largely Korean-language film will follow the residents of Hopo Port, where a mysterious discovery is made on the outskirts of the remote harbor town. Before long, the residents find themselves in a desperate fight for survival against something they have never encountered before. Hoyeon will play a policewoman. Additional casting and pre-production is underway for a shoot later this year in Korea. We understand husband and wife … [Read more...] about ‘Squid Game’ Star Hoyeon Joins Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander In Korean Thriller ‘Hope’