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Has Sony become the entertainment group it always wanted to be?

When Sony released the trailer for its forthcoming swashbuckler Uncharted in October, the global fan base of the video game on which the film is based was outraged. Mark Wahlberg seemed perfectly cast as the roguish mentor figure Sully in the Indiana Jones-style adventure, but where on Earth was the character’s signature moustache?

The answer — in a move fans of the hugely popular PlayStation game now see as evidence of Sony’s masterful trolling in the social media age — came in the very final shot of the second trailer, released two months later. This time the moustache was there, but the world must wait until the film opens in February to discover the full mystery behind its dramatic re-emergence.

An even bigger puzzle surrounds the transformed nature of the company that put this trick together. Have investors truly worked out how to value the 76-year-old tech and entertainment company?

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From Scream to Dr Semmelweis: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment | Culture


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Going Out: Cinema

Scream
Out now
New year, new Scream. Back after a gap of 11 years (if you don’t count the so-so TV show), this sequel/reboot combines a nostalgia fix – in the form of re-appearances from surviving original Scream characters – with modern anxieties such as: what if Ghostface hacked into the smart home apps linked to your mobile?

Memoria
Out now
An arthouse essential, Memoria follows Tilda Swinton’s Jessica Holland as she attempts to trace the source of a mysterious noise in the jungles of Colombia. Fans of Apichatpong Weerasethakul will thrill to this unique director’s typically confident and singular approach, but this is also a great starting point for those new to his work.

Cow
Out now
Director Andrea Arnold is probably better known for fiction than documentary (see: American Honey, Red Road, Fish Tank …) but her fiction always has a bracing,

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NYC Media and Entertainment Commissioner on Omicron’s Impact

The holiday season was supposed to be a celebratory time for New York City’s theater and live events industries, marking a period of revival after months of setbacks and closures related to COVID-19. But omicron, a fast-moving and highly contagious variant of the virus, had other plans. Its spread has led several Broadway and off-Broadway plays to shut down or go on hiatus and it could cause headaches for the many television shows and movies that shoot across the five boroughs.

As commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo is on the frontlines. She’s trying to help theaters stay open and and to keep productions humming even as omicron threatens to upend the city’s recovery. All of this has been happening as Bill de Blasio handed over the keys to City Hall to Eric Adams. Del Castillo spoke to Variety about the

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James Bond, Wonder Woman Lead as U.K. Home Entertainment Soars

The value of U.K. home entertainment grew 13.3% in 2021 to £3.7 billion ($5.01 billion) in 2021, according to numbers released by the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE).

Based on data from the Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting, Omdia and Kantar, the figures show that James Bond film “No Time To Die” was the biggest home video physical format title of 2021 with 1.14 million retail sales, of which more than 717,000 units sold in two weeks, the largest week one disc sales since 2017, and the biggest ever week one on 4K UHD. Overall, more than 21.1 million discs were sold in the U.K.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group emerged as the biggest U.K. distributor with its title “Wonder Woman 1984” leading the country’s total 27.5 million rentals on Video On Demand (VOD). The data also notes that over half of U.K. households have Subscription Video on Demand

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EVO Entertainment Group Acquires ShowBiz Cinemas

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EVO Entertainment Group has acquired ShowBiz Cinemas in an all-cash deal, it was announced Monday (Jan. 3).

The acquisition is the first major transaction to arise under the partnership between EVO and Marbella Interests, the family office of Formentera Partners founder and former Parsley Energy founder and CEO Bryan Sheffield.

The combined operation is comprised of 16 venues boasting 148 screens, 108 bowling lanes, nine full-service restaurants and bars, a 3,000-capacity live music space and over 30,000 square feet of gaming and attractions across Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Wyoming. EVO will continue expanding in 2022 with additional locations currently under construction.

“Today is a monumental moment for our company and our industry,” said Mitch Roberts, founder and CEO of EVO Entertainment Group. “This transaction establishes EVO as the country’s largest operator of cinema-entertainment centers and paves the way for accelerated

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Artist Reveals Tom Holland in Venom Suit – IGN The Fix: Entertainment

Spider-Man: No Way Home filled the screen with many different Spidey suits, but one we didn’t get to see is Spider-Man’s iconic black suit, the Venom symbiote. Fortunately for fans, the concept artist for the movie, Thomas du Crest, took to the Internet to share his take on what a symbiote suited Tom Holland might look like. In the tweet, du Crest shares these images of Holland in the suit, with the caption, “While I wait for the greenlight to show the work I did for #SpidermanNoWayHome , here is a small take on what might come next.” Du Crest’s post kind of adds some fuel to the growing flame of a fourth #Spiderman film on its way. In fact, both producer Amy Pascal and big boss man Kevin Fiege have confirmed that they’re in talks for a follow up to No Way Home, with Feige telling the New York

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Ready 2 Rodeo? Gwen Stefani, Khalid, and Tim McGraw among RodeoHouston’s star-studded 2022 entertainment lineup

HOUSTON – Are you Ready 2 Rodeo this year?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the 2022 RodeoHouston star entertainment lineup Wednesday.

The 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will run from Feb. 28 through March 20. The lineup includes a wide range of performances, from EDM and R&B artists to Latin pop and Norteño (music from north Mexico inspired by European polka).

Organizers are also introducing the first-ever Christian genre performance, along with 13 country acts.

We initially knew of four of the performers, who are all from Texas: Cody Johnson (Feb. 28), Bun B’s H-Town Takeover (March 11), Parker McCollum (March 12) and George Strait with Ashley McBryde (March 20).

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RODEOHOUSTON’S Genre Lineup goes as follows:

  • Feb 28: Cody Johnson

  • March 1: Keith Urban

  • March 2: Tim McGraw – Armed Forces Appreciation Day

  • March 3: For King and Country

  • March 4: Ricky Martin

  • March 5: Jon

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Who is in SM Entertainment’s Girls On Top? K-Pop Super Group Members

SM Entertainment’s annual SMTOWN LIVE event is always a must-watch for K-pop fans during the holidays, with special performances and reveals from the South Korean management company’s roster of artists, but this year’s edition gave fans an extra surprise with the unveiling of a new “supergroup” dubbed Girls on Top.

Girls on Top (or “GOT” for short) will feature rotating units that combine top female artists from SM’s star-studded roster. The first unit, dubbed GOT the Beat, features BoA, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Hyoyeon, Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Wendy, and Aespa’s Karina and Winter.

Related: Aespa Have Flourished Online but They Miss the Real World

The group debuted their first single, “Step Back,” during SMTOWN LIVE 2022, with a performance video that has already amassed almost 10 million views on YouTube in less than two days.

The bass-heavy track incorporates elements of dubstep, hip-hop, and electro house with the seven

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Small theaters, promoters fighting to qualify for Covid relief

Like many community playhouses around the country, the Studio Theatre shuttered its doors in March 2020 for the coronavirus pandemic and did not fully reopen for more than a year.

The sales the Little Rock, Arkansas, theater collected from streaming events online or holding outdoor performances did little to cover the debts that began to pile up to pay its rent, utilities and insurance. Then, its treasurer, Amanda Kennedy, heard about a potential lifeline: the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. The $16 billion fund was created to help sustain the live entertainment industry. After reviewing the details of the program, Kennedy expected the Studio Theatre would be able to seek $135,000 in grants.

Kennedy, a certified public account, said she viewed the program as “a godsend that we desperately needed.”

“We have loans that I have no idea how long it’s going to take for us to

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This Once-Popular Food and Entertainment Chain Just Shut Down Its Final Locations

After more than two decades in business, which were riddled with several bankruptcies and major losses, the entertainment chain GameWorks has thrown in the towel and announced the closure of its six remaining locations. The news was posted on the company’s website and social media accounts on Christmas Eve, according to several industry outlets.

GameWorks venues were dotted across Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Francisco (although that location went by the name Tabletop Tap House) and provided on-site gaming in the vein of larger arcade-and-food competitors like Dave&Buster’s. Offering bowling, billiards, and arcade games since 1997, as well as a full menu and bar, the chain was once a popular destination for indoor entertainment and on-premise dining. But its business was effectively obliterated by the pandemic when it was forced to cease operations at all its venues for months.

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