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Battle at Lake Changjin Breaks China’s All-Time Box Office Record

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After over two months on the market, “The Battle at Lake Changjin” has become China’s highest-grossing film of all time. It is also the highest-grossing film of the year, co-directed by a trio of famous directors: Dante Lam, Chen Kaige, and Tsui Hark.

The film broke the Chinese record on Wednesday evening local time, surpassing the RMB5.69 billion total set by “Wolf Warrior II,” another patriotic combat picture, in 2017. According to figures from Ent Group, by lunchtime on Thursday, “Changjin” had risen to RMB5.70 billion, or $892 million at current currency rates.

The achievement was confirmed by state-controlled media, which had predicted it for a long time. According to Chinese media, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian congratulated Wu Jing, the actor who starred in the films “Wolf Warrior” and “Changjin.”

The movie takes place during the 1950-1953 Korean War, which China refers to as the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. While many western historians regard the war, which ended in the split of the Korean peninsula, as a setback for China, the film shows a handful of outnumbered and outgunned Chinese soldiers in a pivotal winter campaign at Lake Changjin, or Chosin Reservoir, as brave resistance fighters.

The picture premiered on September 30th, just in time for the National Day holiday season. The Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year season is a high point in the annual film calendar, however, it is usually smaller than the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year season.

“Changjin” had the advantage of maybe being released on more screens than “Wolf Warrior II,” but the downside of taking place during a period when the pandemic was still present. Chinese theatres looked to have overcome such limitations in the early part of this year, but temporary capacity restrictions have been restored in some areas since June as fresh COVID-19 cases have been identified.

According to data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway, the total box office for the year-to-date period is already 25% lower than in 2019 and stands at $6.85 billion as of Sunday.

Given the general decreasing trend in the film business, which goes counter to a newly stated central government plan for the industry, attempts have been taken to keep the film playing well. These include organizing movie screenings in the workplace and at schools.

According to the Global Times newspaper, Huaxia, a state-owned film distributor, has been donating 20% of its proceeds from the film to struggling theatres since last Friday. Huaxia also announced that the film will now be released on December 30.

The film has been released in Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, but the international box office has been disappointing. According to Box Office Mojo, the film made $105,000 in North America. Nonetheless, “Changjin’s” total in mainland China alone makes it the most popular film of any origin in 2021. According to Box Office Mojo, “Changjin” is ahead of another Chinese picture, “Hi, Mom,” with an $822 million total, and “No Time to Die,” a James Bond franchise film, in third place with $735 million.

According to feedback on popular apps, “Changjin” had passed a quality criterion and received a nine-out-of-ten audience approval rating, maintaining the positive spin. It was the 11th picture in 2021 to achieve so, according to them. The goal was ten, as stated in the five-year plan earlier this month.

The film’s success “confirmed to the industry that the main melody of the picture is the Chinese audience’s favorite theme,” according to a Chinese cinema reviewer quoted by the Global Times. The main melody is a term used to describe mainstream, patriotic, and pro-Communist content that government and privately held studios are required to produce.

The Chinese film industry runs for the interest of the state and the Communist Party, according to the current five-year plan. It backs films that “eulogise the party, the motherland, the people, and heroes in order to pass on red [Communist] genes and continue [the Party’s] lineage,” and calls for more titles that “eulogise the party, the motherland, the people, and heroes in order to pass on red [Communist] genes and continue [the Party’s] lineage.” It recognizes the ongoing 80th anniversary of the Korean War as a historical milestone that should be commemorated in cinema.

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Singapore has suspended a crypto-exchange, Over a disagreement with K-pop group BTS

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Singapore has suspended a crypto-exchange, Over a disagreement with K-pop group BTS

Singapore’s banking watchdog has halted a popular digital currency exchange over a crypto pension programme linked to South Korean boy band BTS.

Singapore’s decision to stop Bitget’s local activities comes as the city-state strives to become a worldwide cryptocurrency hub.

BTS’s agency Hybe threatened Bitget with legal action in October for the promotion of Army Coin, named after the group’s ardent fans BTS ARMY. Who made the coin is unknown.

“so they do not have to worry about surviving but instead let them do what they desire to do” the platform advertised Army Coin. Hybe stated the coin is unrelated to BTS.

The episode shows the difficulties regulators face in controlling the crypto business as regular investors accept digital currency.

Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta was criticised last week for promoting the world’s largest crypto exchange on Instagram.

Singapore, a financial and free-trading port, has been more open to technology than regional rivals Hong Kong and Tokyo.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has awarded Binance, Ripple, and Coinbase licences to serve retail and institutional clients.

Bitget had been exempted until July, according to a source familiar with the case. Bitget and the MAS refused to elaborate on the basis for Bitget’s exclusion.

Bitget’s services were still available in Singapore until late November, when it promoted Army Coin and claimed MAS clearance on its website.

After being notified by the Financial Times, the company removed the MAS logo from its site and prevented Singaporeans from using its app or website. Bitget still claims US, Canadian, and Australian licences.

Army Coin has since been listed on CoinTiger, another Singapore-based cryptocurrency market. The coin “exists for the good of BTS” and will “truly support them financially”, according to CoinTiger.

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Famous grunge vocalist Courtney Love tweeted a vague threat this week that includes Elon Musk’s private emails, Bernie Sanders, and a character from the show “Succession.”

You may recall Elon Musk’s November under-the-belt jab at Senator Bernie Sanders.

To an 80-year-old lawmaker, he said, “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.”

In addition to offending Musk fans, the statement insulted a man who, according to The Hill, is currently trying to help Alzheimer’s patients afford treatment.

So what does this have to do with Courtney Love? The 57-year-old singer and actress, who was once married to late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, tweeted on Thursday something ambiguous and colloquial:

“You know your str8, male, PayPal mafia email group?” Love tweeted. “I was on bcc for MONTHS on that thing. With that information in mind, don’t you think in a ‘civilized society’ one should embrace paying our fair share of tax? Don’t pick on Bernie. It’s Kendall Roy shit.”

Was Love in a financial group chat with Musk, perhaps a decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO)?

Initially, she only said she was a “GOOD queen” and used the hashtag “#justpayyourtaxesbuddy.” Reporters rushed to the star’s aid in the replies. She later added more hot water to her tea spill.

“Mostly gross sex stuff, entitled dudes being suck ups/toadies,” Love tweeted today. “I was sleeping w someone on it (Thielis not on it. So. Str8) it’s not his fault I got BCC’d. I like Elon the few times we’ve met…”

However, Love later deleted that last tweet, along with several others she had recently sent.

Love also seemed to like Musk in 2017, when she praised a previous SpaceX launch.

Interestingly, while Love accuses Musk of tax evasion, the Daily Mail reported earlier this year that Love owed the state around $375,000 in taxes.

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Another trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad spinoff, Peacemaker, starring John Cena, has been released ahead of the show’s premiere on HBO Max next month.

“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag.” Gunn said when the series was announced. For a movie that also featured the kaiju alien starfish monster Starro the Conqueror, Peacemaker was hospitalised at the end of this year’s The Suicide Squad. There’s a sense in this trailer, however, that John Cena’s Peacemaker is having second thoughts about his vow to keep peace at all costs, even if it means slaughtering men, women, and children in the process. Perhaps Peacemaker isn’t ready to get all introspective right now, as the trailer suggests.

While Cena will reprise his role as Peacemaker, Steve Agee and Jennifer Holland from The Suicide Squad will also appear in the new series. Freddie Stroma and Chukwudi Iwuji star as Vigilante and Clemson Murn, respectively, on Gunn’s show Peacemaker, which also features Danielle Brooks as a co-lead.

All eight episodes of the series have been written by Gunn, and he will direct five of them. Jody Hill (The Righteous Gemstones) and Rosemary Rodriguez will also serve as co-directors (The Walking Dead).

In the near future, HBO Max will be home to numerous major DC projects, including Peacemaker. Batgirl, starring Leslie Grace as the titular character, is also scheduled for release next year. HBO Max is currently developing the films Black Canary, Blue Beetle, and Static Shock.

On January 13th, 2022, HBO Max will air the series Peacemaker. Take a look at the latest Peacemaker trailer and poster.

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