Ted Beats TDKR Overseas, WWII Battle Heads for Big Screen: Biz Break
Also in Friday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Will Ferrell joins a new comedy. WWE champ gets back in front of the camera and a court in Beijing sends a group of execs from a VOD site to prison in one of the harshest sentences ever.
Ted Beats The Dark Knight Rises Abroad
The foul-mouthed creation by Seth MacFarlane and starring Mark Wahlberg is open in 10 overseas territories and scored number one in almost all of them. It's international cume is $54.5 million in 20 territories and it's still set to debut in 38 more, Deadline reports.
Will Ferrell Gets an Internship
He joins Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Rose Byrne in the project directed by Shawn Levy and written by Vaughn. The story revolves around two men in their early 40s who are layer off and try to reinvent themselves as interns at an Internet company that is run by managers in their 20s. Variety reports.
Randy Orton Back in the Ring for 12 Rounds: Reloaded
The three-time WWE World Heavyweight champion will star in the follow-up of the action franchise. He'll play an emergency medical technician who's being pursued by a vigilante threatening his family, Deadline reports.
WWII Pic About Epic Battle In the Works
A film about the battle for Monte Cassino - one of the most bitterly-fought land campaigns of World War II - is being made to coincide with the battle's 70th anniversary. 200,000 soldiers participated from 30 countries with 55,000 allied troops and 20,000 German troops injured or killed. John Irvin will direct, BBC reports.
Beijing Court Send 6 VOD Execs to Prison
China has issued its harshest penalties for online streaming of copyright infringed material on execs from OpenV.com, which attracted daily traffic of more than 55 million page views, 40 million video view and 8 million unique visitors. A large chunk of what it offered involved copyright infringed content, Screen Daily reports.