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After 35 years, Saudi Arabia set to open new cinema on April 18

LOS ANGELES/RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s first cinema in more than 35 years will open on April 18 in Riyadh, the capital, the authorities said on Wednesday after agreeing with AMC Entertainment Holdings to open up to 40 theatres over the next five years. Movie theatres will not be segregated by gender like most other public places in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom, and the first screening will be Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther”, reported a UK-based wire service. Saudi Arabia had some cinemas in the 1970s but…

AMC Entertainment signs deal to operate movie theatres in Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK: Giant US cinema chain AMC Entertainment has signed a deal to build and operate movie theatres in Saudi Arabia after the kingdom lifted a decades-old ban. The deal, announced by AMC in a statement and confirmed by Saudi state media on Tuesday, will see the company form a joint venture with Saudi Arabia's vast Public Investment Fund. No further details of the deal, including its financial conditions, were disclosed. AMC said it hoped to "put the industry's best foot forward" in Saudi Arabia as the country…

Grand Theft Auto TV series trailer was wild, but April Fools’ Day gag

The trailer of a television series on the extremely popular and archaic adventure action game, Grand Theft Auto, left hearts racing but proved to be an April Fools’ Day prank. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  IGN, a San Francisco–based games and entertainment news site, dropped a fake trailer on April 1 titled “AMC’s Grand Theft Auto – Official Trailer (2017),” showing explosive footage of a show which doesn't exist but perfectly encapsulates the vibe of the game. The clip stars Steven Ogg, who did voice acting and motion capture…

‘Walking Dead’ creator sues AMC over profits

Los Angeles: The creator of The Walking Dead is suing AMC over what he claims is an effort to deny him tens of millions of dollars in profit from the hit drama. Oscar-nominated writer-director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) and Creative Arts Agency filed suit Tuesday in New York Supreme Court against defendants including AMC Network Entertainment LLC. Their suit claims that despite four seasons of "unprecedented programming success and profitability" for the defendants, Darabont hasn't received…