Chinese Media Spurn UN Ruling on South China Sea


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Chinese Media Spurn UN Ruling on South China Sea
China has reacted with external defiance and domestic calm following Tuesday’s historic ruling about jurisdiction in the South China Sea. It used international social media to challenge the ruling and may have blocked Chinese access to some international media reports following the verdict. The judgement in The Hague saw The Philippines take its territorial dispute with China… Read more »

Soccer’s Euro 2016: Big Ratings, Strategic Losses
Won by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Sunday night, and graced by the skills of Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann, France’s Euro 2016 soccer tourney will go down in history for its caution-first tactics and far more entertaining crowd chants, the success of the little guys – Wales and Iceland – and the threat of terrorist… Read more »

AMC Theatres to Buy Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group
AMC Theatres said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group, Europe’s biggest exhibition chain, from private-equity firm Terra Firma for £921 million ($1.21 billion). Odeon and UCI has 2,236 screens, spread across 242 sites, in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal and Germany, and sells 90 million tickets a year. AMC owns… Read more »

Ridley Scott Long-Time Collaborator Julie Payne Dies at 64
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films has revealed that the managing director of its London office, producer Julie Payne, died of cancer last month at the age of 64. Payne managed Scott Free’s London operations for more than 15 years, producing and executive producing projects for the company including Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner “The Gathering Storm”…Read more »

South Africa’s Pubcaster Draws Ire From Demonstrators, the Government
Ongoing turmoil at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) threatened to grow into a full-scale insurrection this week, amid a raft of suspensions, gag orders, and widespread allegations about the toxic climate at the embattled pubcaster. Just a week after acting CEO Jimi Matthews stepped down, citing what he described as a “corrosive atmosphere,” the… Read more »

Who Would Run Fox News if Roger Ailes Was Forced to Step Down?
From the network’s inception, Roger Ailes has been so synonymous with Fox News that it’s hard to imagine the operation running without the seasoned TV programmer and former Republican political adviser at the helm. But in the wake of the explosive sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Ailes by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, the… Read more »

Post-Bankruptcy, Relativity Seems Stuck in Limbo
Not long before Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media won its release from bankruptcy in April, the ebullient CEO said he would now be leading a “well-capitalized media company that is well positioned for growth and success.” His financial adviser, from the firm of Houlihan Lokey, predicted the reborn Relativity would attract a “feeding frenzy” of new… Read more »

‘The Assistants’ Movie in the Works With ‘Swiss Army Man’ Producer
Cold Iron Pictures, which produced Daniel Radcliffe-Paul Dano comedy “Swiss Army Man,” is developing a movie based on Camille Perri’s debut novel “The Assistants.” Cold Iron, headed by Miranda Bailey, has acquired the feature film rights to “The Assistants,” in which a 30-year-old assistant to a billionaire mogul finds that the glamour of working for… Read more »

Marco Mueller’s Macao Festival Adds Competition, Sidebars
The new International Film Festival and Awards Macao, headed by Marco Mueller, will feature a main competition section as well as four non-competitive strands. The first edition of the IFFAM will take place in Macau Dec 8-13, 2016. The festival will have “a strong but not exclusive focus on genre titles,” organizers confirmed Monday. The… Read more »

Busan to go Ahead With Studio Building
The Busan city government is to go ahead with a project to build new film studios that will open in 2020. The facilities are smaller than previously planned, but will still be the biggest in South Korea. And they are to be built despite problems with the sale of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) studios… Read more »

Broadway Box Office: Broadway Down, ‘Hamilton’ Steady, ‘She Loves Me’ Up
The Broadway box office continued a summer slowdown last week — but “Hamilton” held strong in its last week with three of its original stars, while a couple of shows were up, including “She Loves Me,” getting a boost of last-minute business before the end of its limited run. Overall Broadway attendance was down by… Read more »

Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Teacher’
Zuzana Maurery (named best actress at Karlovy Vary), tears into the part of a lifetime as a terrifying instructor who heads the local Communist party and uses her pupils to manipulate their parents for her own personal benefit.

‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: JoJo Tames Some Wild Horses
With only six men left on this season of “The Bachelorette,” two things are abundantly clear: JoJo only likes men spawned from a very specific gene pool; those brick-headed brunettes have absolutely no game! Here are some sample soundbites from this week’s episode: “I use a grape exfoliant down there.” – Jordan, referring to his… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: ‘Oslo’
What would it take to get you to Lincoln Center Theater to see a three-hour political drama about the 1993 peace treaty between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization known as the Oslo Accords? I doubt this review is going to do it, which is really a shame, because “Oslo,” a new drama by J.T…. Read more »

Amanda Evans Wraps Videovision’s Thriller ‘Serpent’
South African producer Anant Singh’s Videovision has wrapped principal photography on the suspense thriller “Serpent,” with writer-director Amanda Evans making her feature debut with a script that was selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2012. Pic stars Sarah Dumont (“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” “Don Jon”) alongside her former “Royals” co-star Tom Ainsley… Read more »

Christie Brinkley Lists Photogenic Estate in the Hamptons
SELLER: Christie Brinkley LOCATION: East Hampton, NY PRICE: $29,500,000 SIZE: 11,037 square feet, 9 bedrooms, 7 full and 4 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: With her youngest son about to head off to college in New York City where her other two adult children also reside, and, hence, her humongous Hamptons nest about to be… Read more »

NBC Puts Sunny Spin on Rio’s Trials as Summer Olympics Showcase Comcast’s X1
Venues that are still under construction. A massive economic crisis and a presidential impeachment. Body parts washing ashore just yards from competition venues. The ever-present threat of the Zika virus. NBCUniversal has to work hard this year to put a sunny spin on the setting for the summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, as top… Read more »

‘Shooter’ Premiere Pushed by USA After Dallas Killings
USA network has delayed the premiere of its new drama series “Shooter” in the wake of last week’s killings in Dallas. “In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we have decided to postpone the premiere date for the upcoming USA Network series ‘Shooter,’ to… Read more »

Rick Marroquín, CAA Agent, Dies at 45
CAA agent Rick Marroquín died Sunday due to complications of lung cancer. He was 45. “Rick was a beloved member of the CAA family and we are heartbroken by his passing,” said the CAA partners in a joint statement. “He lived his life with boundless courage and optimism, and was tremendously generous and kind to all… Read more »

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