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Steve Wozniak to Speak at Tokyo Comic-Con in December
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Comic-con in Japan last year, is scheduled to speak at the second Tokyo Comic Convention in December.
Last year’s event drew more than 35,000 people. Organizers expect a bigger turnout this year.
Wozniak teamed up with Stan Lee to start up Comic-Con in Japan, in order to help the festival go global. Lee attended last year’s Tokyo conference, along with Jeremy Renner (”Avengers”), Billy Boyd (“Lord of the Rings”), Matthew Lewis (“Harry Potter”), Lance Henriksen (“Aliens”), and Daniel Logan (“Star Wars: Attack of the Clones”).
This year’s event is expected to feature state-of-the-art gaming experiences and screenings. It will be held at the Makuhari Messe convention center from Dec. 1 to 3.
- Variety Japan
Haugesund: ‘Small Time Killers’ Bows on AMC’s Shudder and Haugesund (Exclusive)
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Haugesund, Norway — The Danish film “Small Time Killers,” directed by Ole Bornedal (“The Nightwatch”, “The Possession”), has been sold by TrustNordisk to more than 45 territories including AMC’s Network’s Shudder for North America and the U.K./Ireland.
The U.S. network’s horror-thriller centric Svod service just launched the black comedy on Aug. 17 as a Shudder Exclusive.
Starring Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas Bro, Lene Maria Christensen and Mia Lyhne, the films turns of two tradesmen who dream of living the good life using the stash of money they have earned from years of moonlighting.
After a fight with their wives, the men hire a Russian contract killer to carry out a hit on their spouses. But, having underestimated their wives, their scheme turns into an absurd journey where Ib and Edward end up at the top of a kill list.
- Annika Pham
Oliver Stone to Head Powerful Jury at Busan Festival
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Oliver Stone, the ever controversial American-French director, has been named as president of the competition jury for the upcoming Busan International Film Festival. The Busan festival is no stranger to controversy.
Stone heads an impressive panel including Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), French cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”), Philippines director Lav Diaz (“From What is Before,” “The Woman Who Left”), and Korean director Jang Sun-woo (“Lies”). They will judge a selection of Asian films in the New Currents section that represents the festival’s cornerstone.
The Busan festival is still in turmoil nearly three years after it stood up to political interference from city authorities, acting as proxies for a nationalist and now disgraced right-wing government. The aftermath of the festival’s decision to screen a »
- Patrick Frater
China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Wins Fourth Weekend, Extends Total to $769 Million
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“Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the top of the Chinese box office ahead of a chasing pack of new release titles. After 25 days in theaters it has grossed $769 million.
Data from local provider Ent Group, shows “Wolf Warriors II” briefly losing its top spot on Friday to “Paradox.” But on Saturday and and Sunday, the patriotic action sensation reclaimed its habitual position. Both films enjoyed some 70,000 screenings per day.
Every ticket sold pushes “Wolf Warriors II” further into the lead as the all time biggest movie ever released in China. Its total is now 50% bigger than previous claimant “The Mermaid.”
This was also another weekend in which the top Chinese film outpaced the top film at the North American box office. Stateside winner, “Hitman’s Bodyguard” earned $21.6 million.
Hong Kong-made crime actioner, “Paradox,” which opened the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival, was released on Thursday and scored $31.4 million over the weekend. It »
- Patrick Frater