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'Kingsman 2' Finishes #1 as September Grosses Near Record High
The weekend's new releases fell shy of Mojo's weekend forecast, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to debut larger than the original, finishing in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, The Lego Ninjago Film fell well short of expectations as did Friend Request, which delivered a mere $2.4 million opening. There were, however, some bright spots among limited release titles as Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul delivered strong opening results as September's calendar grosses continue to pace toward record heights. Topping the box office was Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, delivering an estimated $39 million from 4,003 theaters. The opening improves on the $36.2 million opening for the first film, but the film's performance over the next couple of weeks will tell the true story. The first Kingsman turned its $36 million debut into a $128 million domestic run, a 3.54x multiplier. Should Golden Circle follow suit we're talking about a $138+ million domestic run, which »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula Sets Up U.S. Company (Exclusive)
San Sebastian – Fabula, one of Latin America’s high-profile producers, run by “Jackie” director Pablo Larraín and producer Juan de Dios Larraín, has set up a U.S. company to make English-language movies by its filmmakers from Latin America and Europe.
News of the move comes two months before Fabula, to date based just out of Santiago, Chile, goes into production on its first full-on U.S. project, a remake of Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria,” starring Julianne Moore and directed by Lelio himself. Pre-production and production on “Gloria” will be carried out in the U.S., and post-production in Santiago, Pablo Larrain told Variety from Chile. Juan de Dios Larraín has relocated to Los Angeles to head up the new production company, called Fabula, whose offices open Monday.
The U.S production base is a milestone for one of Latin America’s most admired production companies, whose marquee directors Larraín and Lelio have already crossed into U »
- John Hopewell
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson
22 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.
Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."
It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »
- Graeme McMillan
Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’
Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed a lawsuit accusing Voltage of defamation and copyright infringement, and asked for a restraining order to block Voltage from shopping the film to distributors.
But in her ruling Friday, Judge Consuelo Marshall rejected the request, saying Safinia had not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of the dispute. Safinia claims that he owns the copyright to the September 2016 version of the screenplay, and that he never subsequently assigned the rights to Voltage.
Voltage counters that Safinia had already given up his copyright to earlier drafts of the film’s screenplay under a “work made for hire” agreement, and »
- Gene Maddaus
Gal Gadot Parts Ways With Manager (Exclusive)
22 September 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
After her fan-favorite turn as Themysciran princess Diana in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Israeli actress took center stage in Wonder Woman, the most successful movie of the summer — a lone bright spot that saw director Patty Jenkins shatter box-office records for female filmmakers on the film's way to earning more than $800 million worldwide.
- Rebecca Sun
Oscars Overhaul and Open Up Foreign Language Voting Process
In advance of what is expected to be a record year for entries in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, the Academy has made significant changes in the voting process used to select nominees. In a Thursday afternoon email to all Southern California-based members of the Academy, the organization used the subject line “Come see the world with us!” and invited the members to “help us choose the next foreign language film award nominees,” also linking to a page that described the new voting system. In the biggest change, the color-coded screening groups have been eliminated. In the past, »
- Steve Pond
‘Han Solo': Ron Howard Teases “Desperate and Dangerous” World in New Set Photos
For whatever you might say about his directing career, and I could say plenty, Ron Howard is an absolute delight on social media. In between sharing political stories and random thoughts, Howard has used Twitter and Instagram to pump up his forthcoming Han Solo movie, using unexpected and seemingly innocuous images to tease well-known locales, characters, and other tidbits from the previous Star Wars films. This is also how he announced the arrival of Paul Bettany on the set a few weeks ago [caption id="attachment_529320" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] This weekend, he stuck … »
- Chris Cabin
‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 3 Trailer: Revenge Comes to West Covina — Watch
The CW has released a new trailer for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” season three, which draws closer with each passing day. Rachel Bloom looks set to take vengeance in the next round of episodes, which coincidentally (or not) premiere on Friday the 13th. Watch below.
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Sitting in a boardroom, she introduces herself as you might expect her to: “My hair is dark, so I look evil,” she says, “but I’m wearing white, which is ironic.” Bloom then reveals what she’s really up to this season: “I have a plan to destroy Josh Chen.” That’s what happens when you get jilted at the altar, I suppose.
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- Michael Nordine
Why Blade Runner 2049 Won’t Get A Director’s Cut
Film Review: ‘La Familia’
As the Venezuelan economic crisis intensifies to a point where no metaphor for hunger or mortal danger can sound hyperbolic, the country’s filmmakers are increasingly talking over their government’s troubling denial. Or, in the case of newcomer Gustavo Rondón Córdova, filling an empty silence with a loaded one: The characters don’t say much in “La Familia,” his rough-edged but finely scaled feature debut, but their lack of communication speaks to a larger lack of harmony and empathy in a population exhausted by poverty and ingrained brutality. An honest, urgent two-hander, tracking a struggling single father and his wayward son on the run from more than one undefined enemy, Córdova’s film brings little that’s new to its stylistic school of observational realism — but hits the Caracas sidewalks hard and purposefully enough to compensate.
Thanks to its combination of political currency and no-nonsense storytelling, “La Familia” has already racked up considerable festival mileage since »
- Guy Lodge
TV Bits: Cord Cutting, ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8, Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Flintstones’, and More
In this edition of TV Bits: Cord cutting has reached new heights Seth MacFarlane‘s The Flintstones show probably isn’t happening Sabrina, a Riverdale spin-off, is currently in the works New photos from The Walking Dead season 8 The Exorcist season 2 debuts a new featurette And more! Variety cites a research report that says the rate of cord […]
- Ben Pearson
David Spade Is Aware of That Weird Kurt Cobain Mural, but Does He Agree That It’s Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away?
It’s better to burn out than fade away, but is it also better to be mistaken for Kurt Cobain? David Spade finds himself grappling with that odd, existential question this week, as images of a mural of his face accompanied by that Kurt Cobain quote (which originally came from the Neil Young song “Hey Hey, My My [Into the Black]” circulated online.
“Everyone is sending me this” tweeted the actor, late of such classics as “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep.” That’s all he said on the matter, leaving us all to wonder whether he’s amused, weirded out, or perhaps some combination of the two; Cobain quoted the line in his suicide note, after all, which Young found quite upsetting. The mural is painted on the side of a building in Linz, Austria, suggesting »
- Michael Nordine
Nightmare Before Christmas Fans Are Waiting In A Disneyland Line For An Hour, And It's Not For A Ride
‘Will & Grace’ Co-Creator on Trump: ‘I Would Rather Be a Son of a Bitch Than the Son of Someone Who Was Arrested at a Kkk Rally’
A new healthcare bill is set to be voted on in the Senate next week and all of Puerto Rico is without power in the wake of Hurricane Maria, so of course Donald Trump is focusing on what really matters: professional athletes whose opinions make him angry. He referred to Colin Kaepernick as a “son of a bitch” who should “get off the field right now” for kneeling during the national anthem as an act of protest, prompting a pointed response from “Will & Grace” co-creator David Kohan during a Tribeca TV panel yesterday.
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“I guess I would rather be a son of a bitch than the son of someone who was arrested at a Kkk rally,” responded Kohan when asked what we would think of being called a son of a bitch by Trump. »
- Michael Nordine
How Vin Diesel Convinced Judi Dench To Sign On For The Chronicles Of Riddick
‘Battle of the Sexes’ and ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Launch Fall Wave; ‘Loving Vincent’ Shows Animated Start
The fall specialized season ratcheted up with a group of top festival releases starting their theatrical release with later awards in their sights. As expected, well-reviewed “The Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight) stood out as the top performer in a week without much other signs of life from holdovers (IFC’s “The Viceroy’s House” is the best of a weak bunch).
In two initial cities, Judi Dench showed her royal form in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul” (Focus) with the weekend’s best per theater average, while “Stronger” (Roadside Attractions) saw some success in a much wider limited release.
The upstart was “Loving Vincent” (Good Deed), which unexpectedly came up with a $24,000 exclusive New York opening. This rare animated arthouse release (using Van Gogh “painted” animation to tell its narrative) could be a sleeper success within this uber-competitive period.
The Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 73; Festivals »
- Tom Brueggemann
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Fashions $100M+ Global Bow; ‘It’ Hits $478M & Spidey Tops 2017 Superheroes Ww – International Box Office
Refresh for latest…: Coming off of a big international box office session last weekend when War For The Planet Of The Apes swung into China, Fox leads again with the debut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel cut a $61.2M figure in its bow in 64 offshore markets. Of those, the Marv Films title was No. 1 in 55. At current exchange rates, that's 63% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same grouping and includes $11.1M in the UK… »
Quentin Tarantino Still Open To The Idea Of Directing ‘Star Trek’
What’s old becomes new again. So, the story goes a little like this: in a 2015 podcast talk with Nerdist circa “The Hateful Eight” press, director Quentin Tarantino talked about many things as he’s wont to do. Topics broached were his love for “Speed Racer,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage” (he wanted to make a movie in the ‘90s) and “Star Trek,” a sci-fi property that the “Pulp Fiction” filmmaker said he preferred to “Star Wars.”
While he talked about the movies to small degree, it was the “Star Trek” TV shows that clearly made a mark on the director.
- Jordan Ruimy
With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ the Co-Directors of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Finally Let the Sunshine of Reality In
Hollywood filmmakers can always find a dozen different rationales — integrity, naked sellout, treading water — for choosing their next project. So how, exactly, does one account for the careers of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris? In 2006, the married co-directors of television commercials and fatally hip music videos (R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Macy Gray, The Smashing Pumpkins) made their first feature film, “Little Miss Sunshine,” at which point they took possession of the buzz, the money, and the known movie universe.
The picture was adored by audiences — first at the Sundance Film Festival, and then, in the late summer, when it was released in theaters by Fox Searchlight. Critics, by and large, gave it their imprimatur of affection and acclaim. (I hated the movie, but we’ll get to that in a moment.) The awards love then followed suit: four Oscar nominations (for best picture, best original screenplay, best supporting actor, best »
- Owen Gleiberman
‘Star Wars’: Ron Howard Shares ‘Desperate and Dangerous’ Photos From Han Solo Set
With all the drama surrounding who will and won’t direct the many “Star Wars” films coming soon to a galaxy near you, there’s been a momentary lapse in obsessing over what actually happens in the standalone Han Solo film and “Episode IX.” Ron Howard is now directing the former, which was originally to be helmed by “Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; as he nears completion on the untitled spinoff, the former Richie Cunningham has shared two glimpses of it.
“Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy,” wrote Howard on Twitter yesterday. The accompanying photo is hazy, with a copper tint to it, and shows several people both in front of and behind the camera. He shared a similar picture on Instagram, »
- Michael Nordine
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