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Celestial Tiger Entertainment has teamed with Viva Communications to create Celestial Movies Pinoy, a localized Philippines version of Cte’s Chinese film channel Celestial Movies.
The new channel will launch on Jan. 1, 2016 on the basic tier of Dth satellite provider Cignal TV. Movies and on-air presentation will be dubbed in a mixture of Tagalog and English.
“Filipinos, in general, love movies and are now beginning to appreciate Asian productions and actors. Tagalog dubbed content is much easier to understand and enjoy which will expand its appeal to a much wider audience,” said Vicente del Rosario Jr., chairman and CEO of Viva.
Programming will be a mix of Chinese-language movies and TV series, behind-the-scenes specials, interviews with Chinese talent and thematic programming centered around superstars or popular genres.
- Patrick Frater
A slew of new local film releases could do nothing to dislodge the record breaking trio of local movies at the top of the Chinese box office.
For the third week “Monster Hunt” topped the chart ahead of “Pancake Man” and “Monkey King: Hero is Born.” The summer blackout period, when Hollywood titles are prevented from releasing, was still in operation.
The live action-visual effects fantasy “Monster Hunt” earned $68.3 million a drop of 40% in its third week, for an 18 day total of $291 million. Dropping more severely, but still in second place, “Pancake Man” was down 65% with $24.3 million for the week. Its cumulative after 17 days stands at a huge $164 million.
Third place in its fourth week, animation “Monkey King: Hero Is Born” dropped 47% week on-week, but still grossed $17.5 million for a 24 day total of $126 million.
Top-ranking new entrant, “Lady of the Dynasty” a period romance, entered the chart in fourth spot with $14.8 million in four days. »
- Patrick Frater
Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (Cte) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (Mvpw) and Universe Entertainment.
Under the terms of the deals, Cte has secured first and exclusive pay-tv rights, as well as pay-per-view (PPV), video-on-demand (VOD) and over-the-top (Ott) rights, to each studio’s upcoming slate of movies for Cte’s Celestial Movies channel in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.
Upcoming Emp productions include Heaven In The Dark, a drama reuniting Jacky Cheung and Karena Lam who both starred in July Rhapsody in 2002; Fruit Chan’s suspense thriller Kill Time, starring Ethan Ruan and Angelababy; and The Mobfathers, starring Anthony Wong and Chapman To.
Mvpw’s slate includes the third installment of blockbuster franchise From Vegas To Macau, which will star Andy Lau in addition to Chow Yun Fat and Nick Cheung. Mvpw is also in pre-production on The Invincible 12, which marks the 100th film from »
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It’s not every actor that can claim to have seared themselves a place in the cinematic pantheon with just one stroll through a fountain, but Anita Ekberg certainly fits that bill. The Swedish star, who most famously graced the screen in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, has died at the age of 83.Born in Malmo, Sweden in 1931, Ekberg came from a large family, with seven siblings, and enjoyed close relationships with her parents. At the age of 20, she won the Miss Sweden title, parlaying that into a chance at the Miss Universe crown. She didn’t win, but Universal Pictures immediately snapped her up into a contract, kicking off a film career with a variety of small and uncredited parts, but moving her up the roster with a role as Helene Kuragina in 1956’s adaptation of War And Peace.From there, she starred in films such as Pickup Alley, »
Anita Ekberg, the Swedish actress whose onscreen persona was best encapsulated by a scene of her wading sensually into the Trevi Fountain in “La Dolce Vita,” died Sunday in Rocca di Papa, near Rome. She was 83.
Ekberg, who had long been living in Italy, had been hospitalized recently due to several unspecified illnesses, her lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi said, confirming her death. She had been in a wheelchair for several years after breaking a hip.
Ekberg was one of cinema’s most famous “sex goddesses,” as renowned for her performances as she was for her alleged list of romances with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Gary Cooper. In addition to “La Dolce Vita,” which made her an international film icon, Ekberg starred in “War and Peace” with Audrey Hepburn, “Artists and Models” with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin and “Paris Holiday” with Bob Hope.
She auditioned for, but lost out on, »
- Brent Lang and Nick Vivarelli
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