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Global Showbiz Briefs: Cineworld Founder And CEO Sets Retirement; ‘Gravity’ Launches With $9M In China; More

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

Cineworld Founder and CEO Steve Wiener To Retire In March
More than 18 years after founding the UK’s leading cinema chain, Cineworld CEO Steve Wiener is retiring. The company said today that the 44-year industry veteran will step away on March 31. “In 1995 my wife Jenny and I wrote a business plan to start a cinema company,” Wiener said in a statement. ”We expected over a five year period to open five-seven multiplex cinemas and sell it on to one of the big operators. Today, Cineworld is the No. 1 cinema chain in the UK and has been for more than three years.” Said Cineworld Chairman Anthony Bloom: “Steve has led the company with great distinction from the first day of its founding and has mentored and developed an outstanding management team. He will leave the business in fine shape.”

‘Gravity’ Blasts Off In China With $9M For First Two Days
Gravity has landed in China, and it’s pulling in plenty of moviegoers. Warner Bros said today that the Alfonso Cuarón space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney took in nearly $9 million in its first two days in China. The film generated $4.7 million from 5,854 theaters on its opening day Tuesday and an additional $4.2 million on Wednesday. It’s the studio’s biggest non-holiday opening in China. The biggest opening ever for any U.S. film in China was this year’s Iron Man 3, which debuted to $21 million in its first day, which was China’s Labor Day holiday on May 1 and made $64.5 million in its opening weekend. Read More »

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Hot Festival Trailer: ‘Le Week-End’

Roger Michell’s bittersweet Le Week-End is making the festival rounds this month. It’s already played Toronto and San Sebastian, and next heads to Rio before sreening at the New York Film Festival on September 29th. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a couple visiting Paris on their 30th wedding anniversary as long-established tensions spill out in humorous, and painful, ways. Jeff Goldblum also stars as an old friend. Hanif Kureshi wrote the script. Le Week-End goes out in the UK on October 11th via Artificial Eye. Music Box Films is releasing in the U.S. in February next year:

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