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TV Ratings: Rio Games Take Silver with 27.5 Million Average for Competition Coverage

21 August 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Olympic fatigue set in on Saturday night as NBC’s broadcast of the Rio Olympic games hit its lowest ebb with the final night of competition coverage.

NBCUniversal said the 15 days of competition overall averaged 27.5 million viewers, according to its total audience delivery (Tad) tracking system that incorporates broadcast, cable and digital ratings. Per that measure, the Rio games rank No. 2 in viewership (for a non-u.S.-hosted Olympics) behind London 2012, which averaged 30.3 million viewers.

The peak of the 15-day frame came on Aug. 9, when NBC served up a blockbuster combination of swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky capturing gold medals and gymnast sensation Simone Biles helping to lead the U.S. women’s team to victory. That night averaged 36.1 million viewers in the Tad measure, most of which came from NBC (33.4 million).

Behind London and Rio, Beijing 2008 (27.2 million), Barcelona 1992 (26.4 million) and Seoul 1988 (25.8 million) round out the top five most-watched games.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Who Is Joseph Schooling? 5 Things to Know About the Swimmer Who Beat Michael Phelps

12 August 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Olympic history was made in more ways than one when Singapore's Joseph Schooling beat his childhood hero Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly on Friday. "I'm just ecstatic. I don't think it has set in yet. It's just crazy," a befuddled Schooling told reporters after the race. Phelps was widely anticipated to win his 23rd Olympic gold medal in the race, adding to what had already been a victorious run in Rio. However, 21-year-old Schooling led the entire race, finishing with a time of 50.39 seconds while Phelps came in second with a time of 51.14. A testament to just how close this race was, »

- Tiare Dunlap, @tiaredunlap

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Who Is Joseph Schooling? 5 Things to Know About the Swimmer Who Beat Michael Phelps

12 August 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Olympic history was made in more ways than one when Singapore's Joseph Schooling beat his childhood hero Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly on Friday. "I'm just ecstatic. I don't think it has set in yet. It's just crazy," a befuddled Schooling told reporters after the race. Phelps was widely anticipated to win his 23rd Olympic gold medal in the race, adding to what had already been a victorious run in Rio. However, 21-year-old Schooling led the entire race, finishing with a time of 50.39 seconds while Phelps came in second with a time of 51.14. A testament to just how close this race was, »

- Tiare Dunlap, @tiaredunlap

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Michael Phelps Now Has as Many Medals as a Nation of 1.25 Billion - and Broke a 2,168-Year-Old Record

11 August 2016 9:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Michael Phelps is officially the most decorated Olympian of all time. After capturing his 22nd gold medal (and 26th overall) in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, Phelps collected his 13th individual event win, becoming the athlete with most individual event wins since 152 B.C. The previous titleholder was Leonidas of Rhodes, who won 12 individual events over four Olympics. Leonidas garnered his last three golds in the stadion (a 200-meter sprint), the diaulos (a 400-meter run) and the hoplite race (a run performed while wearing armor). In addition, Thursday's 200-meter individual medley victory was Phelps' fourth consecutive win in that discipline. »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte's Bromance Through the Years

11 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

They may both represent Team USA and be friends in real life, but all bets are off when Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are competing in separate lanes. For four straight Summer Olympic Games, the swimming phenomenons have been going head-to-head in one of the best rivalries in sports, including Thursday night when the pair face-off in the 200-meter individual medley final after Phelps narrowly beat Lochte in the semifinals Wednesday night. Phelps, 31, is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He has 25 medals to his credit - 21 gold, two silver and two bronze. But Lochte, 32, is no slouch in the medals department. »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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Michael Phelps Is Officially the Greatest Olympian in 2,168 Years

10 August 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Michael Phelps has broken plenty of records in his swimming career, but only one was 2,168 years in the making. When the 31-year-old phenomenon earned his 12th individual gold medal (20th overall) in the men's 200-meter butterfly, he also tied record for most individual wins in Olympics history, set in 152 BC by Leonidas of Rhodes, according to Olympic historian Bill Mallon. An esteemed runner, Leonidas won three events - the stadion (a sprint), the diaulos (a longer run) and the hoplite race (a run performed while wearing armor) - in four straight Olympiads. Mallon, a former professional golfer and leading authority »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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What Did Michael Phelps Have to Say at the Beijing Olympics? Read Our 2008 Story

9 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Michael Phelps is already racking up gold medals in Rio with the men's 4x100m relay. He still has three events left to dominate - including the 200m fly tonight. Back in 2008, People profiled the then 23-year-old athlete about winning eight gold medals in Beijing (and his mother's new discovery - text messaging.) Read on for the original story.Michael Phelps pulled off something amazing, impossible, mind-boggling - he taught his mother, Debbie, how to text. "She just started, I got her into it," explains Phelps, who tutored his mom, a 57-year-old middle school principal in Baltimore, in the basics of text messaging. »

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Olympics Opening Ceremony 2016: Gisele Bündchen's Triumphant Walk and 14 Other Historic Moments

5 August 2016 7:21 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hard to believe, but it’s been four years since Daniel Craig, the Spice Girls, J.K. Rowling, Kenneth Branagh, Mr. Bean, Queen Elizabeth II herself and a couple of camera-ready corgis kicked off the Summer Olympics in London.

Those opening ceremonies set a rather high bar — what with 007 and the freaking queen (!) skydiving (!!) in to get things started* — so 2016’s Brazil-set games were going to have to work overtime to match the grandeur of London’s big opening number. (Don’t even get us started on Beijing in 2008.)

RelatedBrazilian Soccer Legend Pele to Skip 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Everything You Need to Know About the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

5 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There's nothing like an over-the-top spectacle to get the world in the Olympic spirit. The 2016 Rio Games will kick off with the Opening Ceremonies, which begin on Friday at 7 p.m. Est at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (NBC will start airing the ceremony an hour later - at 8 p.m. Est - so they can "curate" the broadcast.) There are reports that the ceremony, produced in part by Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles, will cost just 10 percent of the massive budget spent on the London Opening Ceremonies in 2012, which cost $41.5 million. "We are in a financial crisis, »

- Maria Yagoda

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Everything You Need to Know About the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

5 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There's nothing like an over-the-top spectacle to get the world in the Olympic spirit. The 2016 Rio Games will kick off with the Opening Ceremonies, which begin on Friday at 7 p.m. Est at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (NBC will start airing the ceremony an hour later - at 8 p.m. Est - so they can "curate" the broadcast.) There are reports that the ceremony, produced in part by Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles, will cost just 10 percent of the massive budget spent on the London Opening Ceremonies in 2012, which cost $41.5 million. "We are in a financial crisis, »

- Maria Yagoda

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8 Amazing Olympic Records to Know Before Rio - Plus, Which Could be Broken?

3 August 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Olympics aren't just about winning gold medals - they also give athletes a chance to get their names in the record books. And while it's highly unlikely anyone is going to walk away from Rio with more medals than Michael Phelps, everyone sure can try. Here, eight interesting Olympic records all athletes can aspire to break: 1. The longest long jump.This will be one to beat in Rio. Why? Because no one has managed to do so since the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, when Bob Beamon made an 8.9-meter jump. While the world record has been broken, (in 1991, by »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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8 Amazing Olympic Records to Know Before Rio - Plus, Which Could be Broken?

3 August 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Olympics aren't just about winning gold medals - they also give athletes a chance to get their names in the record books. And while it's highly unlikely anyone is going to walk away from Rio with more medals than Michael Phelps, everyone sure can try. Here, eight interesting Olympic records all athletes can aspire to break: 1. The longest long jump.This will be one to beat in Rio. Why? Because no one has managed to do so since the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, when Bob Beamon made an 8.9-meter jump. While the world record has been broken, (in 1991, by »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian Opens Up About Dating as an Elite Athlete

30 July 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nathan Adrian faces many pressures as an Olympic swimmer. But among the training and competitive strains lies a little-talked-about struggle: dating. "Dating as an Olympic athlete is extremely hard," the 27-year-old told People shortly before he qualified for the Rio Olympics, his third Summer Games, late last month. "There are a lot of things that people don't understand unless they were in the same kind of position you were in. The levels of empathy have to be high in a partner if you are able to have a relationship." Adrian, who says he just came out of a relationship, also »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Jackie Chan actioner Bleeding Steel kicks off production in Sydney

28 July 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jackie Chan and the Bleeding Steel team.

Heyi Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia announced the beginning of principal photography of the Jackie Chan sci-fi actioner.Bleeding Steel yesterday.

Written and directed by Leo Zhang, Bleeding Steel was unveiled at a press conference at the Sydney Opera House, the slopes of which would no doubt be suitable for one of Chan's trademark stunts.

The film is the biggest budget Chinese production ever to shoot in Australia, and the Canberra-raised Chan.s first to be shot primarily in Australia since Mr. Nice Guy shot in Melbourne in 1996.

The president of Heyi Pictures, Kailuo Liu, described Chan as .a gift to the film industry., and said he was "confident that with Heyi Pictures. powerful internet resources in the Chinese film industry and Jackie.s international influence, coupled with our first-class production team and an extraordinary sci-fi story, we will be able to »

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Jackie Chan’s ‘Bleeding Steel’ Adds Australian Cast

27 July 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Australian actors Tess Haubrich (“Alien: Covenant”) and Callan Mulvey (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” TV’s “Underbelly”) have joined Jackie Chan in the cast of Chinese-Australian sci-fi thriller “Bleeding Steel.”

The official start of production was announced Thursday at a ceremony at Sydney Opera House involving the state of New South Wales’ acting premier Troy Grant and minister for skills John Barilaro.

Producers repeated the assertion that “Bleeding Steel” is the biggest budget Chinese film ever to shoot in Australia. However, despite repeated inquiries by Variety, the producers refused to disclose any details that might substantiate such a claim — the overall production budget, the proportion that will be spent in Australia or the scale of the subsidies from Australian state and federal sources.

The film, which has actually been shooting in the streets of Sydney for the past few days, is backed by China’s Heyi Pictures and by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. »

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China Box Office: Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’ Leaps to $60 Million Opening

24 July 2016 4:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jackie Chan’s comedy action film “Skiptrace” jumped to a $60 million four day opening in China, where it bounced far ahead of fellow openers and holdovers alike.

The film released on Thursday (July 21) and charged off to a $14.7 million opening day. Over the Friday to Sunday period it took a further $44.0 million, according to data from Ent Group. That three-day total is within $1 million of the global total of $44.7 million for “The Legend of Tarzan” which took the worldwide weekend crown according to U.S. tracking service ComScore.

The success of “Skiptrace” not only reconfirms Chan’s enduring star power, it also substantially justifies his role as a force behind the scenes as a producer. Chan has personally nurtured this buddy comedy cum China travelogue project for many years, enduring changes of financier, co-star and director along the way.

In the end “Skiptrace” was directed by Renny Harlin, who now calls Beijing his home. »

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Olympic Swimmer Matt Grevers Has His Eye on the Prize for Rio: Winning Is 'the Best Feeling in the World'

26 June 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Most athletes never make it to even a single Olympic Games, let alone three. Later this month at the Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska, swimmer Matt Grevers - a six-time Olympic medalist and four-time world champion - will try to make his third trip to the Games, this time in Rio. He wants to relive the indescribable joy of representing his nation - and winning. "It's the best feeling in the world," he tells People. Grevers' Olympic career started with disaster. In 2004, after training only indoors as a youth in suburban Chicago and at Northwestern University, Grevers was faced with »

- Brad Poole

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Renny Harlin to direct videogame adaptation Legend Of The Ancient Sword

13 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin's taking on a movie adaptation of the Chinese Mmo, Legend Of The Ancient Sword...

If the curse of the videogame movie adaptation has lifted anywhere, it's in the Far East. Over the past few days, Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie has risen to $156m in China - a stark contrast to the Us, where it struggled to crack the $30m mark on its opening weekend. The reason? Because World Of Warcraft (the videogame) is absolutely huge in that part of the world, and its loyal fans have turned up in the significant numbers to support the film in its opening week. If Universal eventually commits to making a sequel to Warcraft, the draw of the Chinese box office will be the reason why.

All of this will be music to the ears of the Chinese company Alibaba, which is branching into the movie business with a videogame adaptation of its own. Legend Of The Ancient Sword doesn't have quite the same global recognition as Warcraft, but its following in China is large enough that Alibaba is committing a "significant" sum of money into adapting it into a movie. 

Legend Of The Ancient Sword will be directed by Renny Harlin, best known for such 90s successes as Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight. His previous project was Skiptrace - an action caper starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville - which is due out this summer in China. Indeed, Harlin clearly has plans to make the Far East a permanent base of operations  for his filmmaking, as Variety reports that the Finnish director has set up a branch of his production company, Midnight Sun, in Beijing

As for Legend Of The Ancient Sword, Alibaba have big plans for it, including two further movies and a spin-off TV series. 

“This is a big, epic fantasy adventure,” Harlin tells Variety. “My ambition is to integrate this Chinese property with Hollywood story telling and visual effects and to introduce new fighting techniques.”

In case you were wondering what the game looks like, here's a handy video:

More news on this as we get it.

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Amyra Dastur, Sonu Sood, Disha Patni Have Dinner With Jackie Chan

16 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Amyra Dastur wrapped up the shoot of her first international project. Before leaving for Mumbai, the four actors packed up and sat down for a very small dinner at Jackie Chan’s office in Beijing and said their goodbyes until they meet again.

The post Amyra Dastur, Sonu Sood, Disha Patni Have Dinner With Jackie Chan appeared first on BollySpice.com. »

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Jackie Chan, Sam Raimi Join Forces for Allegory Production Venture

19 April 2016 5:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood genre meister Sam Raimi and China’s Kung Fu king Jackie Chan have joined forces to launch a new company producing Chinese movies with global ambitions.

The new company Allegory Holdings is set up as a joint venture between Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media and R&D, a new company headed by Raimi (“The Evil Dead,” “Spider-Man) and German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The Lives of Others”.)

According to a regulatory filing by Cultural Investment Holdings, the Shanghai-listed parent of Sparkle Roll Media, the new company will produce two movies per year. Cih will handle their release in Chin, while they will look to a studio level structure for international distribution.

The deal was given a symbolic sendoff at a signing ceremony in Beijing on Tuesday, though the filing says that many details remain to be worked out.

The filing shows Cih putting up $150 million for a 60% stake in Allegory, »

- Patrick Frater

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