It’s been about a month since Warner Bros released Crazy Rich Asians, powering to runaway success domestically and staggering the rollout internationally. With the global box office now over $167M, $28.6M has come from 23 overseas markets through last Sunday. There is plenty of play ahead, including the UK release on Friday, but there is also a big question mark over whether the Jon M Chu-directed smash makes it to China. And if it was facing an uphill battle to begin with there, a local scandal could indirectly influence its chances while state media took a pointed punch at it today. Chinese authorities are understood to still be mulling a yea or nay on giving the film a quota slot, but while WB is playing up the theme of family and acceptance, depictions of outsize wealth may be an issue — and that was highlighted in the China Daily op-ed today. We’ll get to that below. Related Story 'The Farewell's China Release Shelved Just Ahead Of Scheduled Date … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ China Release Status In Limbo: What’s The Holdup?
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UPDATE, writethru: In a weekend dominated by holdovers and expansions, Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald leads the international box office for Hollywood in its third session in a row, conjuring $40.2M in 80 markets. That brings the overseas cume to $385.3M and global across the $500M mark to $519.6M. At the other end of the spectrum, WB’s Crazy Rich Asians was dead on arrival in China, mustering just $1.2M over the opening frame. Crazy Rich Asians, which began global rollout in August, is not wholly unexpected. Middle Kingdom authorities took their time giving the pic a slot, waiting until mid-October to set its bow on November 30. A cultural phenomenon domestically, and already a profitable proposition at $238M worldwide box office, CRA’s all-Asian cast is not a novelty in China. Related Story 'Ford V Ferrari' Revs Up $52M+ Worldwide Bow; No China Halo For 'Charlie's Angels' - International Box Office As we’ve … [Read more...] about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ DOA In China With $1.2M Bow; ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Tops $500M WW – International Box Office
The newspaper journalist, played by Olivia Wilde, is seen in the film having sex with a FBI agent in exchange for information about the Atlanta Olympic bombing investigation despite a lack of evidence that the incident happened in real-life. Clint Eastwood's latest directorial offering Richard Jewell debuted with a glamorous Hollywood premiere on Wednesday, but the accuracy of the onscreen representation of one of the film's characters, journalist Kathy Scruggs, is being called into question. Played in the movie by Olivia Wilde, Scruggs is the reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who broke the news that Jewell (played by BlackKklansman actor Paul Walter Hauser) was a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing on July 27, 1996. Eastwood's film portrays the events leading up to Scruggs' report and sees the journalist, portrayed as loud, brash and hunting for "something crimey going on anywhere," offering to sleep with FBI agent Tom Shaw (played by … [Read more...] about ‘Richard Jewell’ Criticized for Adding Fictional Female Journalist Sex Scene
Taapsee Pannu recently received scathing remarks from Kangana Ranaut's sister, Rangoli Chandel. But the actress handled the uncalled controversy that she was dragged into with utmost dignity. Taapsee responded by saying that if she is referred to as Kangana's copy, then she takes it as a compliment because she considers Kangana to be an amazing actress. During a recent interaction, Taapsee said that she will not apologise for her honest opinion. Rangoli had attacked Taapsee saying, "Kuch log Kangana ko copy kar ke he apni dukaan chalate hain, magar pls note, they never acknowledge her, not even a mention of her name in praising the trailer. Last I heard, Taapsee ji said Kangana needs a double filter, and Tapsee ji you need to stop being a sasti copy." (sic) During a promotional event for her upcoming movie Mission Mangal, Taapsee responded to a question regarding her controversy with Kangana. She said, "Seriously, I will not apologise for my honest opinion. I did not know that she has … [Read more...] about Taapsee Pannu: Won’t Apologise For Honest Opinion Regarding Kangana Ranaut Controversy