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BTS’ Jin Celebrates End of Military Service by Hugging 1,000 Fans - variety.com - South Korea - city Seoul, South Korea
variety.com
12.06.2024 / 12:27

BTS’ Jin Celebrates End of Military Service by Hugging 1,000 Fans

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief A three-hour hugging marathon in Seoul, South Korea, is set to be among the first public engagements of Jin, the oldest member of K-pop supergroup BTS, after being discharged on Wednesday from his 18 months of mandatory military service. Some 1,000 fans of the pop star were chosen in a raffle. They will meet him on Thursday at this year’s BTS FESTA, an annual celebration of the band’s debut anniversary, to be held at the Seoul Sports Complex.

Asia Streaming Analysis: U.S. Content Is Losing Ground, But Remains Important for Subscription Trends, Report - variety.com - Australia - USA - Thailand - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines
variety.com
12.06.2024 / 05:59

Asia Streaming Analysis: U.S. Content Is Losing Ground, But Remains Important for Subscription Trends, Report

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief U.S-produced film and TV content has maintained leadership in terms of reach among Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) users in nine major markets in Asia-Pacific. And it remains important for acquiring and maintaining subscriptions, a new report finds. New research from consultancy firm Media Partners Asia is based on passively-collected data from 40,000 digital users amassed by its AMPD sister company.

‘Sky Castle,’ Korean High Society Drama Hit, to Be Remade in Japan - variety.com - China - Japan - North Korea - county Patrick
variety.com
11.06.2024 / 07:29

‘Sky Castle,’ Korean High Society Drama Hit, to Be Remade in Japan

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Sky Castle,” one of the most iconic Korean TV drama series of recent years, is to be remade by TV Asahi in Japan. The move follows the signing of a cooperation agreement between Korean content powerhouse SLL (previously known as JTBC Studios) and TV Asahi just last month. The two companies say that the Japanese retread is already filming and will begin to air from July.

Will Smith smashes box office with ‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’ comeback - www.nme.com - USA - Miami - Smith - city Lawrence
nme.com
10.06.2024 / 13:01

Will Smith smashes box office with ‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’ comeback

Will Smith’s latest movie Bad Boys: Ride Or Die has been a box office success in its opening weekend.The fourth instalment in the buddy cop action franchise Bad Boys, and sequel to 2020’s Bad Boys For Life, arrived in US theatres on June 6.Reuniting Smith and Martin Lawrence, and marking Smith’s second return to the silver screen following the infamous Oscars slap incident in 2022, the film was positively received.Alongside generally favourable reviews, the film amassed $56million at the domestic box office, and $104.6million globally. However, in a two-star review, NME criticised the film’s subplots, writing: “As the film’s title hints, Marcus also has a bizarre thing where he believes he can’t die … Needless to say, this irritating idea resurfaces time and again, to diminishing returns.”Compared with other major releases this summer, the film, which also stars Eric Dane and Vanessa Hudgens, was a close second to Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes in its domestic launch, which garnered an impressive $58million.Ride Or Die, which had a budget of $100million also had a successful opening weekend globally, collecting $19.3million in Europe, and reportedly setting franchise records in the Middle East and Latin America, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The first film in the Bad Boys franchise was released in 1995, and featured Lawrence and Smith as Miami narcotics detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett.

China Box Office: ‘Be My Friend’ Opens Ahead of ‘Furiosa’ and ‘Civil War’ on Dragon Boat Holiday Weekend - variety.com - China
variety.com
10.06.2024 / 06:39

China Box Office: ‘Be My Friend’ Opens Ahead of ‘Furiosa’ and ‘Civil War’ on Dragon Boat Holiday Weekend

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” enjoyed one day at the top of the mainland China box office before being deposed by a crop of local new releases that opened in time for the Dragon Boat holiday. “Civil War” performed even more slowly. China’s Friday to Sunday weekend box office saw “Be My Friend” score $8.1 million (RMB57.7 million), albeit earned over just two days.

Will Smith Incites Fan Frenzy At Cinemark After Sneaking Into ‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’ Screening - deadline.com - county Baldwin
deadline.com
09.06.2024 / 22:07

Will Smith Incites Fan Frenzy At Cinemark After Sneaking Into ‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’ Screening

In the war on streaming, Will Smith is doing his part to get butts back in theater seats.

‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ boosts Will Smith’s comeback and box office with $56 million opening weekend - nypost.com - Los Angeles - Mexico - Saudi Arabia
nypost.com
09.06.2024 / 20:07

‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ boosts Will Smith’s comeback and box office with $56 million opening weekend

opened with an estimated $56 million in theaters over the weekend, handing Hollywood a much-needed summer hit and Smith his biggest success since he slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.Expectations were all over the map for “Ride or Die” given the dismal moviegoing market thus far this summer and Smith’s less certain box-office clout. In the end, though, the Sony Pictures release came in very close to, or slightly above, its tracking forecast.“Ride or Die,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, is Smith’s first theatrical test since his 2022 slap of Rock earned him a 10-year Oscar ban.

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’: Adam Wingard Movie Becomes Highest Grossing In Legendary Monsterverse With $570M WW Box Office - deadline.com - France - Brazil - Mexico - India - Colombia - Indonesia - Uae
deadline.com
09.06.2024 / 17:41

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’: Adam Wingard Movie Becomes Highest Grossing In Legendary Monsterverse With $570M WW Box Office

In a global box office that’s still licking its wounds from the strike, here’s something to scream about: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is the highest grossing movie in the Legendary and Warner Bros Monsterverse franchise at $570M around the world.

Box Office: ‘Bad Boys 4’ Rides to $56 Million in Opening Weekend - variety.com - county Will
variety.com
09.06.2024 / 16:57

Box Office: ‘Bad Boys 4’ Rides to $56 Million in Opening Weekend

Rebecca Rubin Senior Film and Media Reporter Turns out, Bad Boys are good for ticket sales. Sony’s “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the fourth entry in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led buddy cop series, started strong with $56 million from 3,885 theaters in its domestic debut.

‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ tops box office on opening day - nypost.com
nypost.com
08.06.2024 / 21:21

‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ tops box office on opening day

The Numbers reported.The action comedy, which The Post called “mediocre,” is slated to bring in a total of $53 million this weekend, according to Variety.The sum pales in comparison to its predecessor, 2020’s “Bad Boys for Life,”which enjoyed a $62.5 million opening domestically, as per The Hollywood Reporter. “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” marks Smith’s first film since he slapped Chris Rock at the 2002 Oscars, and The Post said the actor was “completely dead behind the eyes,” in the flick.The supernatural horror “The Watchers,” starring Dakota Fanning, landed in second, with earnings of $2.9 million.The film, which was adapted from a 2022 novel by A.M.

Park Bo-gum and more to star in Disney+ reality series, ‘My Name Is Gabriel’ - www.nme.com - South Korea - Dublin
nme.com
07.06.2024 / 10:39

Park Bo-gum and more to star in Disney+ reality series, ‘My Name Is Gabriel’

My Name Is Gabriel later this month, starring Park Bo-gum and other South Korean celebrities.Filmed in Chiang Mai, Chongqing, Guadalajara and Dublin, My Name Is Gabriel will follow the five celebrities as they are assigned new AI-generated lives and then sent to live in a foreign city. The upcoming series follows the entertainers as they try their hand at living ordinary lives for 72 hours.My Name Is Gabriel will star Reply 1988’s Park Bo-gum, The Worst of Evil’s Ji Chang-wook, comedian Park Myung-soo (Infinity Challenge), actress Yeom Hye-ran (The Glory) and TV host Gabee.In a new trailer for the series, the five stars reflect on their experiences from the show.

Kep1er, Enhypen Head to Stage as KCON LA Sets 25 K-Pop Acts for July Edition - variety.com - Los Angeles - Los Angeles - South Korea - Tokyo - North Korea - city Hong Kong
variety.com
06.06.2024 / 04:03

Kep1er, Enhypen Head to Stage as KCON LA Sets 25 K-Pop Acts for July Edition

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Leading K-pop acts including Enhypen, INI and Kep1er, which this week released new album “Kep1ergoing,” are all set to appear next month at KCON LA 2024. The CJ ENM-backed event in Los Angeles, comprising a convention and multi-act concert series, will feature at least 25 group and solo acts from South Korea. It runs over three days from July 26-28 at the Crypto.com Arena, LA Convention Center and Gilbert Lindsay Plaza and has set Korean tech giant Samsung as its title sponsor.

AI Film Competition Unveiled at Bucheon Fantasy Festival - variety.com - France - South Korea - Dubai - Japan - Singapore
variety.com
05.06.2024 / 06:41

AI Film Competition Unveiled at Bucheon Fantasy Festival

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Going all-in on its exploration of the role of artificial intelligence in filmmaking, South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) has unveiled a 15-title AI Film competition. The films will compete for jury-selected and audience awards and cash prizes of up to KRW1.5 million ($11,000).

‘Bad Boys’ Review: ‘Ride Or Die’ Delivers The Mostly Entertaining Mayhem This Franchise Craves - theplaylist.net
theplaylist.net
04.06.2024 / 20:09

‘Bad Boys’ Review: ‘Ride Or Die’ Delivers The Mostly Entertaining Mayhem This Franchise Craves

The well-established ‘Bad Boys’ buddy cop formula isn’t rocket science. It’s combustible friction, and thus comedy between two very different Miami detectives— Will Smith as Mike Lowery and Martin Lawrence as Marcus Barnett—and as many chaotic shoot ‘em ups and car chases as possible as humanly possible mixed with Michael Bayhem-esque cinematic slickness and hysterics.

China Box Office: ‘Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Earth Symphony’ Wins Opening Weekend, Ahead of ‘Garfield’ - variety.com - China - Japan - Hong Kong
variety.com
03.06.2024 / 04:59

China Box Office: ‘Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Earth Symphony’ Wins Opening Weekend, Ahead of ‘Garfield’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Two foreign-made animation movies opened on top of the mainland China box office over the latest weekend. Japanese film, “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Earth Symphony” landed in first place, ahead of “The Garfield Movie,” though the match-up was not like-for-like. According to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway, “Doraemon” earned $12.6 million (RMB89.5 million) over the three days from its Friday release.

Korea Box Office: ‘Furiosa’ Holds Soft Second Weekend Lead Over ‘The Plot’ - variety.com - USA - South Korea - Japan - North Korea - Hong Kong
variety.com
03.06.2024 / 02:01

Korea Box Office: ‘Furiosa’ Holds Soft Second Weekend Lead Over ‘The Plot’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” maintained a narrow win at the South Korea weekend box office in its second week of release. The highest new release was local crime drama “The Plot.” Total weekend revenues in Korean cinemas were a modest $8.91 million. That figure keeps a post-COVID recovery on course, but progress is slow and incomplete.

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