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China Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’ Opens to So-So $17.2M

Sony’s critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse opened to $17.2 million in China over the weekend — a respectable start but a fraction of its barnstorming $120.5 million opening in North America. As in the U.S., the film has been very well received by Chinese critics and filmgoers alike. It currently scores 9.4 on ticketing […]

Cannes: Sony Takes North American Rights to ‘Paddington 3’

Paddington in Peru is packing its bag for Sony. The studio has picked up the North American rights to the third film about the lovable bear in the red hat and duffle coat. Heyday and StudioCanal are producing the feature. StudioCanal, which is fully backing the movie, will release Paddington in Peru in the U.K., […]

Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Fernando Trueba’s Animated ‘They Shot the Piano Player’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to the animated feature They Shot the Piano Player from Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, the duo behind Oscar nominee Chico & Rita. The plan is for an awards season release. The company also acquired the rights for the film in Latin America, Scandinavia, India, the […]

Sky, Sony Renew Content Deal for U.K., Ireland

Comcast’s European pay TV giant Sky and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) have agreed to a multi-year continuation of their content partnership in the U.K. and Ireland, which will see Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) films and Sony TV series come to Sky Cinema and Sky Entertainment customers. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The deal covers such upcoming […]

Sony’s Pure Flix to Merge With Hallmark Rival Great American Media

Pure Flix, Sony’s faith and family-based streaming platform, is set to merge with Great American Media, the rival to the Hallmark Channel, it was announced on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the tie-up will see Pure Flix fall into the new entity, with Great American Media throwing in two cable networks […]

BJ The Chicago Kid Signs to Doja Cat Producer Yeti Beats’ New Label in Joint Venture With RCA Records (Exclusive)

Grammy-nominated R&B singer BJ The Chicago Kid has signed with hit producer Yeti Beats’ new label Reach The World Records in a joint venture with Sony’s RCA Records. BJ The Chicago Kid and Beats — who has worked on hits like Doja Cat’s “Say So,” “Kiss Me More” and “Woman”  — are working on a […]

Sony Pictures Full Year Profits Slip to $894M

Operating income at Sony Pictures Entertainment fell by 45 percent or $1.04 billion to $894 million, as sales fell by $851 million on the back of a lack of blockbuster theatrical hits and one off gains logged in fiscal 2021. Sales grew by 11 percent on a yen basis due to the strength of the […]

Sony Previews 14 Minutes of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ at CinemaCon

Sony Pictures Animation previewed a still unfinished 14 minutes of the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the sequel to best animated feature Oscar winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, on Monday at CinemaCon. “In 2018 we delivered the most creatively ambitious movie I’ve ever been a part of,” said SPA president Kristine Belson. “We are […]

‘Gran Turismo’ Movie Captures “Exhilarating Aspects” of Racing and the Game

Gran Turismo, Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming feature adaptation of the best-selling PlayStation video game, captures “all the exhilarating aspects of auto racing and the game,” enthused Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions, as he introduced well-received footage from the upcoming film. From Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions, the Aug. 11 release is based on the story […]

Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoleon’ Unveils Epic Battle Scene at CinemaCon

Napoleon is on his way. During Monday night’s Sony presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the studio revealed the first footage ever of Ridley Scott’s epic from Apple Original Films. Directed by Scott from a screenplay by David Scarpa, Napoleon stars Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix as the French emperor and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. The […]

Amazon Studios Purchases Jennifer Harrington’s Feature Comedy Script ‘Hell’s Belles’

Amazon Studios is heading to the supermarket. The company has acquired Jennifer Harrington’s feature script titled Hell’s Belles. The comedy will follow three female grocery store employees who have always wanted to stand up to their repellent boss, Ron, but have never found the fortitude. They must somehow find that resolve after discovering Ron is […]

‘Gran Turismo’ DP Details How He Filmed “Aggressive” Racing Scenes: “We Wanted To Make It Look Real”

Cinematographer Jacques Jouffret aimed to give audiences the thrill of auto racing in Gran Turismo, Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming feature adaptation of the best-selling racing video game. “They’re going to see a race car like they’ve never seen it before,” he asserted during a presentation hosted by Sony at the 2023 NAB Show in Las Vegas. […]