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Annecy: Thailand-China Animation ‘Out of the Nest’ Picked Up by All Rights Entertainment - variety.com - Los Angeles - China - Thailand - city Hong Kong
variety.com
14.06.2024 / 13:53

Annecy: Thailand-China Animation ‘Out of the Nest’ Picked Up by All Rights Entertainment

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief All Rights Entertainment, the Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles-based international film agency has picked up international sales duties on animated children and family feature “Out of the Nest.” The film had its world premiere this week at the Annecy International Animation Festival. In the Kingdom of Castilia, days from the coronation of the new Emperor and Empress, their seven royal fledglings are taken and it’s up to one hero to return them safely; a teenage delivery boy, Arthur the Goat. His dreams of becoming a world-class barber are put on hold when he becomes the unwitting guardian of the royal heirs.

Husband Claims Wife Died By Suicide -- But She Was Stabbed 50 Times & Bitten On The Face! - perezhilton.com - Wisconsin
perezhilton.com
14.06.2024 / 02:11

Husband Claims Wife Died By Suicide -- But She Was Stabbed 50 Times & Bitten On The Face!

A Wisconsin woman is dead in what her husband told cops was a suicide… But her shockingly brutal injuries say otherwise!

An Asian version of the Grammys will reportedly be held in Korea - www.nme.com - USA - South Korea - city Seoul
nme.com
13.06.2024 / 06:19

An Asian version of the Grammys will reportedly be held in Korea

the Grammy Awards in Korea, according to a new report by local media.According to an anonymous source close to the matter, speaking exclusively to The Korea Times, Recording Academy President Panos Panay and CEO Harvey Mason Jr recently visited Korea to discuss holding an Asian version of the Grammy Awards with local labels and industry insiders.The two Recording Academy executives reportedly spoke with leaders from top K-pop agencies HYBE and YG Entertainment, entertainment companies Kakao and CJ ENM, and tech giants Naver and KT.The duo are also said to have met up with local government officials from the South Korea cities of Seoul, Incheon and Hanam, which are the locations being considered as potential venues for the purported event.The Korea Times reports that several officials from the companies and local governments have confirmed that such meetings did indeed take place, but declined to provide further details. The news outlet also did not reveal which companies confirmed or denied the meetings.Last year, Mason spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how the Recording Academy has been trying to “use music and our platform for good and for global change”.

Production Designers Behind ‘The Sympathizer,’ ‘Shogun’ and More Discuss Creating the Look of Sprawling Asian Cities - variety.com - Japan
variety.com
12.06.2024 / 21:03

Production Designers Behind ‘The Sympathizer,’ ‘Shogun’ and More Discuss Creating the Look of Sprawling Asian Cities

Jazz Tangcay Artisans Editor FX’s “Shogun” had planned to shoot in Japan; due to the pandemic, the production shifted to Vancouver. Production designer Helen Jarvis had never been to Japan, nor had she read James Clavell’s original novel that the series is based on. Nonetheless, she was determined to bring authenticity to the locations when building the world of feudal Japan in the 1600s.

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.

‘The Wild Robot’ Trailer: Lupita Nyong’o, Pedro Pascal & More Star In New Animated Adventure From Director Chris Sanders - theplaylist.net
theplaylist.net
11.06.2024 / 17:41

‘The Wild Robot’ Trailer: Lupita Nyong’o, Pedro Pascal & More Star In New Animated Adventure From Director Chris Sanders

Animated movies about robots are always good. You’re talking about major films like “Wall-E” and “The Iron Giant.” Those are classics.

Why Are Japanese Anime Films Enjoying Outsized Success in China? The Answer Is a Combination of Culture, Politics and the Past - variety.com - France - China - India - Thailand - Japan
variety.com
11.06.2024 / 12:57

Why Are Japanese Anime Films Enjoying Outsized Success in China? The Answer Is a Combination of Culture, Politics and the Past

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Reminiscent of the outsized Chinese box office success once enjoyed by a certain genre of Hollywood movie – think “Expendables 3,” Pacific Rim” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” – some Japanese anime films are now earning more in China than they are in their native Japan. Last year, “Suzume” (pictured above) earned $117 million in China, coming in ahead of the film’s $104 million total in Japan.

‘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.

‘Mavka’ Producer Animagrad Studio Teams With ‘Luxembourg, Luxembourg’s’ Antonio Lukich for Ukrainian Animated Satire ‘Family Squad’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Ukraine - Luxembourg - city Luxembourg
variety.com
10.06.2024 / 17:43

‘Mavka’ Producer Animagrad Studio Teams With ‘Luxembourg, Luxembourg’s’ Antonio Lukich for Ukrainian Animated Satire ‘Family Squad’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Christopher Vourlias The team behind the Ukrainian hit animated feature “Mavka. The Forest Song” is partnering with “Luxembourg, Luxembourg” filmmaker Antonio Lukich to launch Ukraine’s first satirical animated feature, the filmmakers announced during the Annecy Animation Festival. Produced by Animagrad Studio and Telescope Animation, “Family Squad” is billed as a life-affirming dramedy pitched at young adults.

Gainax, Japanese Anime Firm Behind ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ Files for Bankruptcy - variety.com - Japan
variety.com
09.06.2024 / 09:31

Gainax, Japanese Anime Firm Behind ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ Files for Bankruptcy

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Gainax, the iconic but latterly tarnished, Japanese animation producer behind anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” has filed for bankruptcy. It had been in operation for nearly 40 years. The company made the announcement on Friday, via its own website, and said that it had filed its petition with the courts on May 29.

Viz Media Adds One-Shots, Bite-Sized Manga and Creator Training Program (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Tokyo
variety.com
07.06.2024 / 17:05

Viz Media Adds One-Shots, Bite-Sized Manga and Creator Training Program (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Viz Media, a leading manga and anime platform, is launching One-Shots, a collection of bite-sized Japanese comic (manga) series that flow from the pens of new creators. Leading the program is former Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Sasaki Hisashi, who oversaw Japan’s prestigious Weekly Shonen Jump magazine at a time when some of the most iconic and highest-grossing creators of all were being serialized. The first four One-Shots series are: action, sci-fi series “Cinematic Certitude” by Naf; fantasy, action series “Ancient Melody,” by Jonathan Lareva; action adventure “Skin & Bone,” written by Josh Tierney and designed by Valentin Serber; and action, sci-fi “The Stranger,” by Liam Naughton.

Texas Mom Shot & Killed In Murder-Suicide While Shielding 10-Year-Old Daughter From Gunfire - perezhilton.com - Texas
perezhilton.com
06.06.2024 / 16:55

Texas Mom Shot & Killed In Murder-Suicide While Shielding 10-Year-Old Daughter From Gunfire

A 10-year-old Texas girl was critically injured and her mother was killed in what police have deemed to be a murder-suicide that took place at the very end of last month. Per multiple media reports, a man in the city o

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).

Same-Sex Japanese Dating Reality Show ‘The Boyfriend’ Launched by Netflix - variety.com - Japan - Tokyo
variety.com
05.06.2024 / 02:01

Same-Sex Japanese Dating Reality Show ‘The Boyfriend’ Launched by Netflix

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Netflix will next month upload its first Japanese same-sex dating reality TV series, “The Boyfriend.” The show takes nine men to a beach house in order to find love. For a month, they live together and take turns working shifts at a coffee truck, forging deep friendships and learning about themselves along the way. The show will also be hosted by an eclectic mix of personalities including Megumi, Horan Chiaki, Thelma Aoyama, drag queen Durian Lollobrigida and Yoshimi Tokui.

‘Raya And The Last Dragon’s Don Hall Developing Original Animated Feature For Skydance Animation - deadline.com - county Rich
deadline.com
04.06.2024 / 21:07

‘Raya And The Last Dragon’s Don Hall Developing Original Animated Feature For Skydance Animation

Don Hall, the Academy Award-winning director behind such modern animated classics as Raya and the Last Dragon, Moana and Big Hero 6, has closed a deal to create, develop, and produce an original animated feature for Skydance Animation.

Whoopi Goldberg’s ‘Poof!’ Set As BLKFAM’s First Original Animated Series For Kids - deadline.com
deadline.com
04.06.2024 / 19:35

Whoopi Goldberg’s ‘Poof!’ Set As BLKFAM’s First Original Animated Series For Kids

EXCLUSIVE: BLKFAM, the free, ad-supported streaming service created by digital marketing vet Larry Adams, has set its first original series with Whoopi Goldberg, an equity partner in the platform.

‘The Bear’ Tackles Serious Themes About Alcoholism, Anxiety and Suicide — And It’s a Comedy? - variety.com - county Davis - county Clayton
variety.com
03.06.2024 / 17:15

‘The Bear’ Tackles Serious Themes About Alcoholism, Anxiety and Suicide — And It’s a Comedy?

Clayton Davis Senior Awards Editor “Let’s not make ’em laugh” seems to be the new mantra for rewarding comedies at the Emmys. Clear-cut, humor-filled chuckle fests once dominated the Emmys for comedy series, with classics such as “Taxi,” “The Golden Girls,” “Friends” and “Seinfeld” amusing generations of fans and finding new life via reruns and streaming services. However, at the dawn of the streaming era, the multi-pronged so-called dramedy began creeping up in the awards circle with titles such as Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” — which famously changed from comedy to drama — and Amazon Prime Video’s “Transparent.” As of late, the category has taken a more serious turn.

Sydney Film Festival Adds Eight Titles From Cannes – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - state Maryland - Japan - Tokyo - county Patrick - Nepal
variety.com
03.06.2024 / 07:53

Sydney Film Festival Adds Eight Titles From Cannes – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The imminently upcoming Sydney Film Festival has added eight titles that premiered at Cannes to its lineup. They are: Guan Hu’s “Black Dog”; Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The Seed of the Sacred Fig”; Francis Ford Coppola’s passion project “Megalopolis”; Guy Maddin, Evan and Galen Johnson’s “Rumours,” starring Australia’s Cate Blanchett; documentary “Ernest Cole: Lost and Found,” Jia Zhangke’s “Caught by the Tides”; “The Girl with the Needle”; and revenge thriller “Ghost Trail.” Due to demand, the SFF organizers have also added additional screenings of “The Substance,” the Demi Moore-starring film already set as the festival’s closing night title. The festival runs June 5-16.

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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