EXCLUSIVE : As the international box office slowly limps back to life, the tendency for audiences to lean into fresh and local titles continues. France , for example, saw a 23% increase in ticket sales across the Top 10 over the most recent weekend, led by Gaumont’s new local comedy Tout Simplement Noir and followed by Warner Bros’ Scoob ! , also a new entry, which did $900K in the Hexagon – and $1.8M total in five markets. Scoob! , the feature animation from director Tony Cervone, opted to have a PVOD and digital ownership release instead of theatrical domestically. It began streaming on HBO Max in June, but is hitting cinemas in some overseas markets. The full weekend was $1.8M from France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Vietnam. The results are strong in light of the ongoing crisis. Spain opens today and there are about 20 more releases still to come. Related Story How 'Detective Chinatown 3' Became A Box Office Sensation & What The Middle … [Read more...] about ‘Scoob!’ Is Weekend Top Dog With $1.8M From 5 Overseas Markets; ‘Peninsula’ To Thrill Korea – International Box Office
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In October Waylon Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His testy relationship with the Country Music Association went back years; and despite having mellowed some recently, he didn’t disappoint. “Actually I think they’ve set it where it’s not gonna be broadcast this year because they’re afraid of what I was gonna say,” he joked from his Arizona home last year. “Naw, my son’s gonna pick it up. I decided to go ahead and not say anything, just shut up and mind my business.” It was still a last whisper of defiance from a music legend with a reputation for roaring, one who crafted a career of calling bluffs and being the last to swerve out of a game of chicken. Jennings died February 13th at his home in Arizona after battling diabetes for the past several years. He was sixty-four. All apologies to Gram Parsons — who played great, straight country wrapped in a dope-smoking hippie cloak — but should one wish to find the embodiment of the always amorphous term that … [Read more...] about Waylon Jennings Dead at Sixty-four
Ahead of a new 50th-anniversary reissue of the Band ’s Stage Fright , Robbie Robertson would like to apologize. “I made a mistake,” he says from his L.A. office. “And now I’m so thrilled that I could undo that mistake and make this record what I thought it was, and the experience I thought it was.” Recorded in their home base of Woodstock, New York, and released in 1970, Stage Fright was the Band’s third album, home to future concert staples like the title song and “The Shape I’m In.” But the running order of those songs, Robertson says, never sat quite right with him. At that point, the Band were in a fragile state — the moment “when everything changed for us,” Levon Helm wrote in his memoir, This Wheel’s on Fire — and for the sake of unity, Robertson says he began pushing the others in the group to collaborate on songs with him. They did, to varying degrees, and when Stage Fright was finished, Robertson put together a track sequence for the album, which would open … [Read more...] about Robbie Robertson on Reworking the Band’s ‘Stage Fright’: ‘This Is What It’s Supposed to Be’
Rolling Stone interview series Unknown Legends features long-form conversations between senior writer Andy Greene and veteran musicians who have toured and recorded alongside icons for years, if not decades. All are renowned in the business, but some are less well known to the general public. Here, these artists tell their complete stories, giving an up-close look at life on music’s A list. This edition features saxophonist Mark Rivera. In the fall of 2013, saxophonist Mark Rivera found himself in a very tight spot. He’d spent the past eight years juggling his duties in Billy Joel ’s band with his role as Ringo Starr’s musical director and multi-instrumentalist, but the Piano Man booked a last-minute U.K. tour the same week he was supposed to tour South America with Ringo. “I freaked out,” says Rivera. “I had to tell Billy, ‘Billy, I already committed to Ringo. I didn’t know anything about this.’ He looked stunned for a second. And then he did the thing where he weighed one … [Read more...] about Saxophonist Mark Rivera on His Years With Billy Joel, Ringo Starr, Foreigner, and More
Rajan Shahi's Anupamaa is able to connect with the audience not just because it's the story of a housewife who is not acknowledged by her family, but it focuses on every member of the family and the struggles they go through. And recently, the audience saw that Pakhi leaves her home because she felt her parents don't love her anymore. This did not happen in one day, and the makers have very beautifully shown this build-up in the past few months that made her take the decision. When Anupamaa went to Pakhi's room with her dinner, she found a hand-written letter by her and she immediately called Vanraj. In the letter Pakhi had mentioned that Anupamaa has got a new daughter in Kinjal, and Vanraj has Kavya now, nobody in the family needs her and that's why she is leaving. Anupamaa and Vanraj quickly leave to find her, while the others also make phone calls and visit their neighbours to find her. What came as a surprise was Rakhi calling the police … [Read more...] about Pakhi Gets Kidnapped, Will Anupamaa And Vanraj Be Able To Find Her?