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'Into the Badlands' Recruit Nick Frost on Giving Simon Pegg an Atomic Powerslam

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Into the Badlands, AMC’s genre-bending post-apocalyptic martial arts drama (try saying that five times fast) returned with a bang earlier this month, the first two episodes of season two earning largely rave reviews across the board.

Added to the action is a major new character, Baiji, being played by Nick Frost, the British actor famed for his comedy collaborations with old friend Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul), and, more recently, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Doctor Who and the upcoming TV comedy with Rupert Grint, Sick Note.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Frost, who's gearing up »

- Alex Ritman

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Berlin Winner 'On Body and Soul' to Open Jeonju Festival

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The Hungarian drama On Body and Soul from director Ildiko Enyedi, winner of this year's Berlin Film Festival, will open the 2017 Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff) in South Korea.

On Body and Soul will have its Asian premier in the South Korean city, marking the start of the 18th Jeonju fest, which runs April 27-May 6.

The 2017 Berlin Golden Bear-winning drama is among a record lineup of 229 films from 58 countries at Jeonju, one of Asia's top film events dedicated to contemporary indie and arthouse titles.

This year's selection spotlights artistic »

- Lee Hyo-won

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China Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Opens to Muscular $72M

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Kong: Skull Island roared into the Middle Kingdom over the weekend, earning a muscular $72 million, according to studio figures.

The big bow gives the Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment film claim to Hollywood's second-largest opening in China this year, behind only Resident Evil's surprising $94 million February debut.

Opening on 18,000 screens, Kong easily cast Disney's Beauty and the Beast aside. Batb added $12.4 million in its sophomore outing, bringing its two-frame total to $73.4 million, according to Beijing box-office tracker Ent Group.

Kong, directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, also laid claim »

- Patrick Brzeski

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China's Huayi Brothers Looking to Expand Ties With Stx Entertainment

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Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers Media is looking to expand its collaboration with Robert SimondsStx Entertainment, despite the recent clampdown by Beijing regulators on China-Hollywood dealmaking.

"We'd like to renew and deepen our cooperation with Stx beyond slate financing," Huayi co-founder and CEO James Wang Zhonglei told Bloomberg in an interview published Monday. "Stx has a lot of plans in television and multimedia. They also have a lot of new ideas for the Asian market. We have had a lot of contacts in this regard."

Huayi signed a landmark three-year deal with Stx in 2015 to co-produce and co-finance most of »

- Patrick Brzeski

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