What Everybody ‘Knows’ About Insta-Star Jing Tian

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In the vacuum left by the lack of a reliable independent press, Chinese gossip, with its penchant for detailed embellishment and invasive speculation can make TMZ look like The New York Review of Books. Add the Internet into the mix, and it goes to the next level, a web of conspiratorial, celebrity-denigrating innuendo that is wildly judgmental, sexist, and almost impossible to respond to. Read More

China Box Office: ‘Kong’-dom Come

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'Kong: Skull Island''s RMB 470 million opening weekend made for the second biggest Hollywood opening this year, behind only 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' (RMB 636 million; $92.7 million), and 18% higher than its strong $61 million North American opening weekend—numbers that allow the film’s Chinese funders, Wanda (who own Legendary Pictures) and Tencent to pound their chests. While Kong may appear outwardly to extend Hollywood’s dominance over the Chinese box office, the participation of Wanda and Tencent really make it a victory for the home team as well. Read More

On Screen China: ‘Kong’ Will Be King

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After Legendary Pictures’ 'The Great Wall' failed to ignite the box office, the Wanda-owned production company returns to China with its only release of 2017, 'Kong: Skull Island,' another monster movie seemingly tailor-made for Chinese audiences. Read More

China-Hollywood Deals: Not So Fast

 /  Legal  / 
It would be a mistake to assume this is just a temporary hiccup and that Chinese companies will be back investing huge amounts in Hollywood in a few months. China still has a ton of money, but for the foreseeable future, the money is staying in China. Read More

Foreign Films in China: How Does It Work?

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If you’re a non-Chinese film producer (a foreign film producer from the Chinese perspective), and you hope to exhibit in China and add its robust market to your revenue picture, there are basically two different ways for that to happen. Read More

China’s Richest Man Sets His Sights on the Golden Globes and Miss America

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China’s richest man Wang Jianlin reportedly has his sights set on Dick Clark Productions, the company behind the Golden Globe Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and "So You Think You Can Dance." Read More

Wanda and Sony Team Up for 2017’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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Billionaire Wang Jianlin’s Dalian Wanda reportedly is close to a major motion-picture team-up with Sony. Read More

Alibaba Pictures Invests in Hangzhou Cinema Company

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Alibaba Pictures is investing RMB 100 million (US$15.2 million) for an 80 percent stake in a cinema operator in its hometown of Hangzhou, as it takes on rival Dalian Wanda. Read More

Wanda to Partner with South Korea’s CJ CGV?

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Wanda Cinema Line, China’s biggest movie-theater operator, is in talks with CJ CGV, South Korea's largest movie theater chain, possibly with a view to partnering up in China. Read More

China Box Office: Crime Thriller Leads Muted Weekend, ‘Pets’ Slow, Steady

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‘The Secret Life of Pets‘ hit $49.2M but will likely fall short of the ‘Minions’ tally in 2015. Read More