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Netflix’s Indian Adaptation of ‘Ray Donovan’ Finds Global Audience

Indian action crime show Rana Naidu has climbed onto Netflix’s top 10 list of most-watched non-English series for the second consecutive week, becoming one of the streamer’s most globally successful Hindi-language titles to date. The show is a local adaptation of Showtime’s hit crime drama Ray Donovan. This week it hit fourth place on Netflix’s global […]

Vanessa Hudgens to Explore Her Filipino Heritage in Travel Documentary

Actress Vanessa Hudgens is heading to the Philippines to explore her family history as the star of a new travel documentary. The film will capture Hudgens’ first trip to the country of her mother’s birth, showcasing her close relationship with her family and her personal trajectory as an American-born, half-Filipino woman who has become one […]

TikTok Now Has More Than 150M U.S. Users

As its CEO prepares to face Congress this week, TikTok on Tuesday disclosed that it now has more than 150 million monthly active users in the U.S., up from 100 million a year ago. Its explosive growth for the social video platform (Snapchat, with a years-long head start, says it has about 150 million users […]

China Box Office: ‘Shazam 2,’ ‘M3GAN’ Bomb Big Time

Hollywood’s recent streak of shaky box office results in China continued over the weekend, as Warner Bros’ superhero sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Universal’s horror hit M3GAN both crashed and burned, losing to Chinese holdover releases. Shazam! 2, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi, opened to just $4.3 million, according […]

Is Crunchyroll the Right Specialty Streamer for the Moment?

As the global streaming business underwent a surprise, secular reassessment last year, Sony’s anime service Crunchyroll found the whole industry suddenly contemplating the same strategies it had been prioritizing for years. Out was the gusher approach to content spending in pursuit of limitless subscriber growth. In were financial discipline, multi-tiered subscription options and a more […]

Filmart: China Film Pavilion Welcomes Visitors to “Tell the China Story”

The 2023 edition of the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (Filmart) has re-established itself as the largest film trading market in the region, and the most influential, with organizers reporting that 700 exhibitors have taken residence inside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition for the gathering that runs through Thursday. For the first […]

Filmart: China’s Linmon Pictures Launches Ambitious International TV Slate (Exclusive)

Shanghai-based Linmon Pictures is preparing to go where few major Chinese TV studios venture — overseas. On the second day of Hong Kong’s Filmart entertainment convention, the premium TV producer unveiled an ambitious plan for a slate of local-language TV projects targeting the Korean, Thai, Indonesian and Taiwanese markets. The company says it will produce at […]

Filmart: Singapore’s mm2, Taiwan’s Man Man Er Team on TV Series Adaptation of Bestselling Book ‘Tales of Mystery’

Singapore-based entertainment company mm2 and Taiwan’s Man Man Er revealed Tuesday at Hong Kong’s Filmart that they are teaming up to develop a high-end series adaptation of the bestselling Taiwanese book Tales of Mystery. The project is the first title to emerge from a new development deal the two partners have signed with Taiwanese IP […]

Oscars: India Celebrates ‘RRR’ Win, but Laments Jimmy Kimmel’s Mischaracterization of Film’s Origins

India’s legions of film lovers are in a state of rapture after director S.S. Rajamouli’s action epic RRR made history at the Academy Awards on Sunday night by becoming the first-ever homegrown Indian movie to take home an Oscar. In a widely expected win, composer M.M. Keeravaani scored the statue in the best original song […]

How to Watch the 2023 Oscars Around the World

If you are excited to find out who wins the 2023 Oscars and experience the glitz and glamour they bring, but aren’t attending the 95th Academy Awards in L.A. this Sunday, March 12, you can, of course, catch all the action on TV or online. As is tradition, ABC will be broadcasting the ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, in the U.S. […]

Filmart: The Philippines’ ABS-CBN Launches High-End Crime Series ‘The Bagman’

The Philippines’ former broadcasting heavyweight turned content producer ABS-CBN has set up a high-end TV spinoff of its popular digital series Bagman. Filipino actor Arjo Atayde will reprise his lead role from the original Bagman show, which ran two seasons beginning in 2019 and was picked up by Netflix. The new series, titled The Bagman […]

Filmart: Zhang Yimou’s $640M Blockbuster ‘Full River Red’ Headed for U.S. Release (Exclusive)

Legendary Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s period thriller Full River Red — the world’s biggest blockbuster of 2023, so far, with $644 million and counting at China’s theatrical box office — is headed to the U.S.  Specialty distributor Niu Vision Media has acquired North American rights to the film and lined up a limited release March 17 […]