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Mad Men restaurant in Times Square

Lionsgate has announced a new indoor entertainment centre that will bring themed attractions to Times Square in 2019. The studio is working with the Spanish leisure park operator Parques Reunidos to bring many of its properties to life as part of Lionsgate Entertainment City. There are plans to introduce a Mad Men dining experience as well as a John Wick shooting ride that will give customers a chance to take down various assailants. Fans of The Hunger Games will also be able to eat at either Peeta’s bakery or The Capitol Confectionery and enjoy a flying simulator based on the movie. Other attractions will include a Divergent obstacle course and a motorcycle VR ride based on the teen thriller Nerve.

“We’re delighted to kick off our partnership with Parques Reunidos in midtown Manhattan, and we look forward to extending our alliance to other major US and European cities as we continue to grow our location-based entertainment business around the world,” said Jenefer Brown, the studio’s senior vice-president of location based entertainment.

It follows the recent announcement of a Lionsgate theme park in South Korea, which is also set to open in 2019 and will feature zones based on the Twilight and Now You See Me franchises. The company is planning similar parks in China and Dubai.

It highest-grossing horror film ever

Stephen King’s It has broken the 44-year record set by The Exorcist to become the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Warner Bros announced last Thursday that the film, an adaptation of King’s novel about a child-devouring clown, had crossed the $500m mark at the global box office, besting the $441m total made by The Exorcist. It had already set the record for a horror film in 17 territories, including the US, the UK and Australia.

“Crossing $500m is rarified air for any film, but for a horror film it is history-making, and we could not be prouder,” Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Warner Bros told Variety.

“The filmmakers and cast did more than make a box-office hit,” she said. “They created a communal, must-see moviegoing event that has reverberated around the globe and is still going strong.”

However, this record-breaking performance comes with a hefty caveat: Adjusted for ticket-price inflation, The Exorcist’s total is still comfortably higher. In 2014, The Exorcist’s adjusted worldwide gross was calculated at $1.794bn. The highest-grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation is Gone With the Wind, whose worldwide total of $400m equates to more than $3.4bn at 2014 prices.

Secret world of Yves Saint Laurent

The first of two new museums dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent has been opened in Paris, offering a glimpse into the world of the shy, mysterious man who revolutionised women’s fashion. The Paris mansion where Saint Laurent shook up dress codes for more than three decades has been turned into an exhibition space for his haute couture creations. A larger museum, also paid for by the foundation set up by his late lover and business partner Pierre Bergé to safeguard Saint Laurent’s legacy, opens next month in Marrakesh.

The Moroccan city was one of the couple’s favourite places, where Saint Laurent would often sketch out his collections. “Coco Chanel liberated women, but Yves Saint Laurent gave them power,” Bergé once said. He did this by appropriating the symbols of the traditional male wardrobe — dinner jackets, safari suits and jumpsuits — and remaking them for women. “I had noticed men were much more confident in their clothes,” said Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, in a rare interview. “So I sought through trouser suits, trench coats, tuxedos and pea coats to give women the same confidence.”

 
 
 
 
 

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