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2016 BET Experience - FAN FEST Roaming - Day 1
Chinese Firms’ $1B Investment in Paramount Movie Slate On Track; Viacom to Make New ‘SpongeBob’ Film

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said on Thursday that the $1 billion investment by the Shanghai Film Group and Hua Media on the movies that Paramount would produce over the next three years is on track. One movie in the pipeline is a “SpongeBob” film, Cyma Zarghami, chief of Nickelodeon, said.

Robert Downey Jr. arrives for UK film premiere 'Captain America: Civil War' at Vue Westfield on April 26, 2016 in London, England.
Robert Downey Jr. ‘Doctor Dolittle’ movie moved to an earlier release date

Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in the still-unnamed “Doctor Dolittle” project; however, it was recently reported that the release date of the said movie has been moved to an earlier slot

Jason Momoa will join Henry Cavill as one of the DC characters to have his own film with 'Aquaman' set to be released in 2018.
‘Justice League’ plot: Will Superman’s mom and Aquaman’s mom have a mother moment in the film?

In the DC Comics, the mothers of superheroes play a vital role in the story and the development of the characters. With more superheroes making their big screen debut in the DC Extended Universe, viewers will also be introduced to more mothers and mother figures.

Action Figures and Statues of 'The Lego Batman Movie' on display for the New York Screening at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on February 9, 2017 in New York City.
Chris Pratt teased fourth wall-breaking idea for ‘The LEGO Movie Sequel’

With "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" opening to stellar reviews and massive box office numbers, lead star Chris Pratt is definitely on a roll. A lot of Pratt's recent projects have turned to gold such as "Jurassic World" and "The LEGO Movie," wherein the latter is getting a sequel that Pratt promises fans will love.

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Shanghai Dream Center
Construction of Shanghai Dream Center Ongoing as Comcast Takes Backseat Role

There are reports that Dreamworks Animation has pulled out of the $2.4 billion Shanghai Dream Center being built in the Chinese city. The complex, to be made up of an entertainment, dining and shopping centers, is scheduled for completion in 2018.

ACrush
ACrush Members Get Love Letters From Fans Who Consider Female Singers ‘Husband’ Material

Because members of China’s “boy band” have female members who dress up in androgynous attire, fans also get confused and fall in love with them. Some fans even consider them “husband material” and send the members of ACrush love letters.

Burberry February 2017 Show - Arrivals
‘This is Not What I Expected’ Yields Unexpected Box-Office Earnings of Over 100 Million Yuan

The title of Zhou Dongyu’s latest movie best describes what just happened to the film. “This is Not What I Expected” surprised Xu Hong Yu, the director, because the film earned more than 100 million yuan in box office since it premiered April 27.

Free China
Romance Chinese Film ‘Special Encounter’ Wins Special Jury Award at WorldFest – Houston

It is not just the Chinese sci-fi movie “Reset” that was recognized at the recently concluded WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival. A romantic movie based on a South Korean comic book was given a special jury award at the same filmfest.

Vin Diesel And Michelle Rodriguez Visit Washington Heights On Behalf Of 'The Fate Of The Furious'
‘The Fate of the Furious’ Tops China’s May Day Holiday Weekend

The eighth franchise of “The Fast and the Furious” broke box-office records over the weekend by crossing the $1-billion mark. In China, “The Fate of the Furious” topped the May Day holiday weekend and broke the record of “The Fast and the Furious 7.”

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' poster shows lead actor Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp Coming to China to Attend ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ World Premiere at Shanghai Disneyland on May 11

Disneyland is making cinema history by holding the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” in China on May 11. Flying in for the event are stars of the movie such as Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Expect Another Round of Criticism for Jia Xiuyan’s Translation of Subtitles for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

When “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” open in China on May 5, another controversy is expected to hound a Chinese female subtitle translator. Criticisms over her translation in past Hollywood movies shown in China are not new to Jia Xiuyan.

Netflix Partners With SoftBank For Japan Launch
Dalian Wanda Forays into Lucrative Video Streaming Market with Launch of Mtime Online Cinema in 2017

Competition is becoming stiffer in China’s lucrative video streaming business. After Netflix announced in late April that it had entered into a licensing agreement with iQiyi, a streaming giant in the country, another Chinese entertainment giant announced plans to also go into video streaming.

IIFA Awards 2016 - Awards
‘Tubelight’ to Have a China Premiere, Stars Chinese Actress Zhu Zhu

A Bollywood movie starring Salman Khan would soon premiere in China. Bollywood producers have apparently learned the trick from Hollywood studios to get a Chinese actor in the cast for the movie to have higher chances of box-office success in the world’s second-largest movie market.

'Mystery' Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Chinese Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reset’ Wins Big at WorldFest-Houston

Among the more than 10 Chinese movies awarded on Saturday at the 50th yearly WorldFest-Houston, “Reset” was the big winner. The film is a science fiction movie supervised by action star Jackie Chan.

Promotional Activities Of Martial Arts TV Series 'Yong Chun'
English Version of Hong Kong Cooking Show ‘Chef Nic’ to Air on Fox & National Geographic

Hong Kong chef Nicholas Tse was the special guest of an “East meets West” themed dinner in Bali, Indonesia, aired by Fox TV. During the dinner, Fox announced that an English version of Tse’s cooking show “Chef Nic” would air on Fox and National Geographic.

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