Tokyo: Emon Animates Chinese Comics for Japan and the World

TOKYO – Emon Animation is attempting to channel the threat to Japan’s cartoon houses posed by the rise of China’s animation industry. Japan has long been Asia’s biggest producer of manga (comics) and anime (animation) for the world. But Chinese comic artists and animators are quickly coming to the forefront, especially in their huge home… Read more »

Bryan Fuller Stepping Back From Showrunner Role on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Bryan Fuller is stepping back from the showrunner role of CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery” as he juggles production responsibilities on two other series, Variety has learned exclusively. The decision was made late last week to hand the day-to-day showrunning reins to “Star Trek” exec producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts as “Discovery” gears up for… Read more »

Gerard Butler Has Fallen! Again!

This time Mike Banning is the target in Angel Has Fallen!

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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I get a pretty decent amount of enjoyment out of Millennium’s “Has Fallen” series. Gerard Butler as a determined, ass-kicking Secret Service dude in an over-the-top cheesy action spectacle? These films aren’t quite as gritty as the Cannon classics of yore, but they come pretty close to scratching that itch.
Luckily for me, the powers the be keep pumping these things out and a new one is in the works called ANGEL HAS FALLEN, per Deadline. Angel is the codename for Air Force One, but if Deadline is correct it’s not the president being targeted this time, but rather Mike Banning himself.
Someone out there isn’t happy with the man and is trying to take him down… and I guess any collateral damage is going to be pretty big, too, considering the company he keeps.
It’s a Die Hard With A Vengeance turn. The guy who happened to be there to thwart the bad shit two times out is now the reason the bad shit is happening.
As long as they keep making these things cartoonishly violent and fun they can pump out “Has Fallen” films for the next twenty years as far as I’m concerned. What about you?
-Eric Vespe”Quint” Follow Me On Twitter

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Distributor-Financier 13 Films Taps Endgame Exec As VP

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and distribution outfit 13 Films has hired former Endgame Entertainment head of business and legal affairs Greg Schenz as VP. The industry veteran will be tasked with spearheading the company’s expansion into producing both films and TV projects.
The new gig comes ahead of the American Film Market next month. 13 Films plans to board productions at earlier stages to work with producers and filmmakers to package and finance projects. On…


AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: Can a Phone Guy Click with Entertainment?

Randall Stephenson, by most accounts, is not a loudmouth. But the chief executive of AT&T is making serious noise in the entertainment business. The 6-foot-4-inch Stephenson, an accountant by training, is looming large with his $85 billion bid for Time Warner — sealed, seemingly, at lightning speed. It’s a deal that will likely be the… Read more »

WME-IMG China Appoints NBA Exec Michael Ma As CEO

WME | IMG has appointed longtime NBA executive Michael Ma to be CEO of its China subsidiary, with the goal of expanding the company’ sports and entertainment reach in the country. Ma spent the past 13 years with the NBA where he played a big role in developing the league’s presence in China. He will be based in Beijing.
“Michael brings not only a deep knowledge of the Chinese market, but also incredible experience in cultivating brands within China through his work with…


‘Ranmaru’ Adaptation, Shimizu Shocker Head Shochiku Tokyo Slate

TOKYO — Major Japanese studio, Shochiku has unveiled a line-up that includes six new titles destined for wide release this year and next. They were announced at TIFFCOM, the sales market that accompanies the Tokyo Film Festival. Among the hottest in Japan is “Ranmaru: The Man With the God Tongue.” Based on a popular series broadcast on the TBS… Read more »

TV News Roundup: ‘Sherlock’ Season 4 To Premiere on New Year’s Day 2017

In today’s TV roundup, “Sherlock” and “Planet Earth II” premiere dates have been set, the Hamildoc does well for PBS, and more. DATES Season 4 of the BBC‘s  “Sherlock” will premiere on Jan. 1 2017 on PBS’ Masterpiece. Benedict Cumberbatch’s high-functioning sociopath, aided by the ever-faithful Dr. Watson, will face the potential return of his arch… Read more »

D.C. Theater Review: ‘Freaky Friday,’ The Musical

If only we could see the world through each other’s eyes, we could finally achieve true understanding. That eternal quest, exploited so inventively in Mary Rodgers’ 1972 book “Freaky Friday” and in the subsequent Disney film adaptations, is captured again as a delightfully spunky musical from Disney Theatrical Productions, aimed with laser focus on the lucrative… Read more »