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WWE Bringing WrestleMania to China Live for First Time via Online Streaming

This year’s WrestleMania grapple-fest will be available live in China for the first time, under a deal between WWE and Chinese online-streaming service PPTV. WrestleMania 33 will be available on PPTV Sports via pay-per-view at 7 a.m. Beijing time on Monday, April 3, for a one-time payment of RMB 30 …read more

Josh Earnest, Former Obama Press Secretary, Joins NBC News, MSNBC as Analyst

Josh Earnest, who served as White House Press Secretary in the latter part of President Barack Obama’s tenure, will join NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst, according to a Monday announcement. “With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of …read more

Fathom Events Launching Bollywood Film Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Fathom Events is bringing the “Best of Bollywood” to U.S. movie theaters beginning in July. Fathom announced Monday — the opening day of CinemaCon — that it plans to screen at least two Bollywood films this year and as many as six next year as part of what it’s touting …read more

CinemaCon: 3 Major Issues Facing the Movie Business

Hollywood is taking the party to Sin City, hoping that theater owners will feel like there’s a lot to celebrate. CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show, kicks off on Monday at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Over four days, in between trips to the slot machines and blackjack tables, …read more

Japan Box Office: ‘Sing’ Still Solid in Second Session

Illumination Entertainment’s animated feature, “Sing” soloed for the second straight weekend atop the Japanese box office. For the March 25-26 frame the film earned $4.1 million on 351,000 admissions. In the ten days since its release by Toho-Towa, it has driven its cumulative total to $16.3. The score is better …read more

‘Homeland’ Recap: Carrie Learns to Say No in Episode 10, ‘The Flag House’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not seen the March 26 episode of “Homeland.” Carrie Mathison learns an important lesson in “The Flag House,” as Season 6 of “Homeland” heads into its final two hours. Peter Quinn, Dar Adal, and President-elect Elizabeth Keane have flashier moments in the …read more

‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Everyone’s Allegiances Are Tested in ‘Something They Need’

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the penultimate episode of season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Something They Need.” If there’s one place where “The Walking Dead” consistently delivers, it’s raids. Rick and co. are so damn good at running up into other settlements and taking what …read more

Broadway Review: Lynn Nottage’s Timely Drama ‘Sweat’

Following an Off Broadway run at the Public Theater last fall, “Sweat” opened on Broadway March 26. The cast was largely the same, with the exception of new addition Alison Wright taking the place of Miriam Shor. Printed below is an edited version of Marilyn Stasio’s review of the Off …read more

China Box Office: ‘Kong’ Roars to $70 Million Opening Weekend Win

“Kong: Skull Island” enjoyed a massive win over its opening weekend in China. It is poised to overtake second placed “Beauty And The Beast” in just four days. “Kong” scored $68.5 million according to local data service Ent Group. Overseas distributor, Warner Bros. reported the figure as $72.1 million. Those …read more

Watch: Creating the Perfect Blend of Suffering, Sorrow, and Humor for a Tragicomedy

How do you write a story that has elements of both comedy and tragedy?

Plenty of those in the film industry have offered their commentary on the dichotomy between comedy and tragedy. Charlie Chaplin once said, “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” Carol Burnett …read more