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Box office update: 'Ouija' scores with $8.3 million Friday

17 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Keanu Reeves is no match for a board game, it seems. After debuting in early Thursday night showings, Universal's spooky Ouija has earned an estimated $8.3 million, putting it on track for a $20 million weekend, while Lionsgate and Summit's John Wick took in an estimated $5.45 million, suggesting the violent revenge pic will net out around $14 million by weekend's close. While Ouija, which cost Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes less than $5 million to produce, is a resounding success, $20 million is a little less impressive than the standard Blumhouse fate. The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy, for instance, opened to $34.1 and $29.1 million respectively. This »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ Sets India Opening Day Record

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Happy New Year,” co-produced by and starring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has broken the first day India box office collection record set by “Dhoom 3” in 2013.

Happy New Year” released during the Diwali holiday frame collected $7.3 million in India on Friday. “Dhoom 3” earned $5.9 million on its opening day during the 2013 Christmas holidays.

Directed by Farah Khan, who also made the blockbusters “Main hoon naa” and “Om Shanti Om,” both starring Khan, “Happy New Year” also stars top Bollywood heroine Deepika Padukone, along with Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani. Set between India and Dubai, the film is about a motley bunch that must enter the finals of a global dance competition in order to get close to diamonds they plan to heist.

Khan, who produced through his Red Chillies company, tweeted: “Thank u world for the love. What an enormous welcome to Hny all over. I hope team Hny made you all smile a lot. »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Jake Gyllenhaal Will Direct When He Feels ‘Presumptuous Enough’

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal would like to move behind the camera one day, but the Oscar nominee says he has yet to find the right project to direct.

“I’m searching … but I have yet to feel presumptuous enough,” Gyllenhaal said at Saturday’s Produced By: New York conference.

The “Brokeback Mountain” star says he’ll know he’s found his directorial debut “when my heart lines up with the material … in a visual way.”

Gyllenhaal has already begun to move behind the camera. The actor isn’t just starring in “Nightcrawler,” he’s producing the edgy thriller, as well. He also executive produced the 2012 police drama “End of Watch.”

The actor’s father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, is a director, and his mother, Naomi Foner, is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, so he always understood the headaches and heartache of securing financing, lining up talent and bringing a movie to the big screen.

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- Brent Lang

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Oscar experts predict 'Birdman' will get 10 nominations

24 October 2014 5:27 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Birdman" lands in movie theaters as a formidable Oscar contender with strong support from critics (93% at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (A- Cinemascore), too. Happily, it also received a warm welcome when shown to voters at its official academy screening last week. According to our Experts' predictions, "Birdman" will reap 10 nominations: Best Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Music Score. Possibly, visual effects, too. -Break- Currently, it's ahead to win in two races (Best Actor, Cinematography) and is within striking distance (top three slots) in six more: Director, Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Editing and even Best Picture. Keaton has a commanding lead in the Best Actor contes »

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Christian Bale Calls Moses "Barbaric," "Schizophrenic" Ahead of 'Exodus' Release

17 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Judging from commentary at Christian websites, the faithful are optimistic that Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kings will be a bit more reverent than was Paramount’s Noah. Though a quote that began making the rounds this week from Christian Bale, who plays Moses in the film, has thrown some water on that notion. "I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life," Bale said about Moses in front of a group of international reporters last month at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles. See more

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‘Ouija’ Says Yes To No. 1, ‘John Wick’ No. 2 With A Bullet, ‘St. Vincent,’ ‘Birdman’ Expansion Results – B.O. Weekend

2 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3rd Update, Saturday, 11:51 Pm: Ouija is still on track for right around a $20M weekend to take the No. one spot bragging rights for Universal and Blumhouse. John Wick‘s Saturday was not as strong as expected for Lionsgate and will end the weekend at around $14M and change. Keanu Reeves’ average opening box office weekend for wide releases now goes down further into the $16M range. Middle age is a bitch … unless you’re Brad Pitt. Fury is holding well for Sony/Qed, and is expected down only 45% in its second frame. It was a well-reviewed war pic with a stellar supporting cast. St. Vincent didn’t make it into the Top Five, but will end the weekend with a respectable $7.9M or so, and with an A- CinemaScore and a very watchable cast should have a decent multiple for The Weinstein Co. and Chernin Entertainment. Writer/director »

- Anita Busch

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Warner Bros secures original Lego Movie writers for sequel

3 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Warner Bros is bringing back Phil Lord and Chris Miller as writers for the follow-up to The Lego Movie.

Lord and Miler worked together as writers and directors for the first instalment, but there is no word yet on whether they will helm the sequel, reports Deadline.

The Lego Movie follows a Lego construction worker who is recruited to help stop an evil tyrant after being mistaken as "the Special", who was named in an ancient prophecy as saviour of the world.

The animated movie featured the vocal talents of many A-list stars including Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks.

The Lego Movie debuted at number one in the Us box office, earlier this year, holding the top spot for three consecutive weekends.

Lord and Miller previously directed comedy 21 Jump Street and its 2014 follow-up 22 Jump Street.

The pair also wrote and helmed 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. »

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Hefzy, Abdalla reteam on Black Tea adaptation

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film Clinic’s Hefzy also co-producing Mohamed Khan’s new film Before the Summer Crowds.

Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Ahmad Abdalla are reuniting for an adaptation of Lebanese writer Rabee Jaber’s 1995 novel Black Tea.

“Set mostly in Beirut, the story follows a young man during one night as he journeys through various incidents of his past as he prepares to reconnect with friends he had left behind,” said Hefzy.

He and Abdalla will launch the project at the Crossroads Co-production forum, taking place Nov 4-8 during the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

“It’s the first time we’ll present it,” said Hefzy, who is at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff) this year as one of the creative producers on Emirati Ali Mostafa’s second feature From A to B.

Hefzy is initially seeking Lebanese and possibly French partners for the film.

Lebanese writer Jaber won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2012, also »

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