China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Wins Fourth Weekend, Extends Total to $769 Million
“Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the top of the Chinese box office ahead of a chasing pack of new release titles. After 25 days in theaters it has grossed $769 million.
Data from local provider Ent Group, shows “Wolf Warriors II” briefly losing its top spot on Friday to “Paradox.” But on Saturday and and Sunday, the patriotic action sensation reclaimed its habitual position. Both films enjoyed some 70,000 screenings per day.
Every ticket sold pushes “Wolf Warriors II” further into the lead as the all time biggest movie ever released in China. Its total is now 50% bigger than previous claimant “The Mermaid.”
This was also another weekend in which the top Chinese film outpaced the top film at the North American box office. Stateside winner, “Hitman’s Bodyguard” earned $21.6 million.
Hong Kong-made crime actioner, “Paradox,” which opened the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival, was released on Thursday and scored $31.4 million over the weekend. It »
- Patrick Frater
Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91
Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.
"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.
In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »
'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short
Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards
Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.
Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.
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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'
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Drew Pollins is directing the project, which hails from Serenity Media Group and is shooting in Los Angeles.
The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King will play a neurologist who tries to help the duo.
The part is the latest feature get for King, who »
- Borys Kit
Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success
So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »
‘Girls Trip’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office
“Girls Trip” has also taken in $9.9 million internationally as it starts its foreign rollout. Australia and Romania will release the film on Aug. 31, with additional markets launching the film through the end of the year.
Summer Box Office Report Card: From Disney to Universal, Grading Popcorn Season
“Girls Trip” debuted behind “Dunkirk” with a surprisingly strong $31.2 million at the North American box office over its opening weekend on July 21 to July 23, making it the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy of the year. It dropped only 36% in its second weekend.
“Girls Trip” broke the summer’s streak of underperforming R-rated comedies such as “Rough Night” and “The House.” Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith star as four friends attending the Essence Music »
- Dave McNary
‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy’ is the First Great Episode of Season 3
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 5, “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy.”]
It’s not as elaborate as the premiere, not as recognizable a template as the “Mad Max” or “Guardians of the Galaxy” diversions, nor is it iconic like “Pickle Rick.” But with “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy,” “Rick and Morty” seems to have regained its guiding principles to deliver the best episode of Season 3 so far.
Cutting to the chase in a quick cold open (that finds Jerry doing even worse than we might have previously suspected), Rick drags Jerry from his dismal apartment and on a carefree trip to a planet where death is an impossibility. Protected by a shield of immortality, the two of them kick back with various colored beverages, assuming this consequence-free getaway is the recharge that Jerry needs.
Naturally, that plan is quickly torn asunder by the general manager of the restaurant where the two set up shop. Another collateral victim of Rick’s space misadventures, »
- Steve Greene
‘Twin Peaks: The Return': Letting Go of the Old World & Old Ways in “Part 15″
- Chris Cabin
Haugesund: ‘Small Time Killers’ Bows on AMC’s Shudder and Haugesund (Exclusive)
Haugesund, Norway — The Danish film “Small Time Killers,” directed by Ole Bornedal (“The Nightwatch”, “The Possession”), has been sold by TrustNordisk to more than 45 territories including AMC’s Network’s Shudder for North America and the U.K./Ireland.
The U.S. network’s horror-thriller centric Svod service just launched the black comedy on Aug. 17 as a Shudder Exclusive.
Starring Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas Bro, Lene Maria Christensen and Mia Lyhne, the films turns of two tradesmen who dream of living the good life using the stash of money they have earned from years of moonlighting.
After a fight with their wives, the men hire a Russian contract killer to carry out a hit on their spouses. But, having underestimated their wives, their scheme turns into an absurd journey where Ib and Edward end up at the top of a kill list.
- Annika Pham
This Rotten Week: Predicting Birth Of The Dragon And Leap Reviews
The fall is so close that we can practically feel the cool breezes and see the leaves shaking in anticipation of changing - but before we get there we still have another late summer weekend to slog through. »
‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Series-Altering ‘Beyond the Wall’ Is One of the Year’s Most Intense Horror Stories
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]
Consider the penultimate episodes of previous “Game of Thrones” seasons’ devastating displays of scale and loss: “Battle of the Bastards,” last year’s signature showdown of houses; Season 3’s fateful Red Wedding gutpunch in “The Rains of Castamere”; even the opening season’s “Baelor” saw Ned meeting a shocking end.
Add to the list “Beyond the Wall,” an episode that didn’t have quite the notable body count that some of those other installments did, but is every bit the paradigm shift that its predecessors were. Opening up this world to a new kind of monster, “Beyond the Wall” might not be the best episode of the season, but it’s more assuredly the most important. By bringing the season-long promise of terror and triumph in rapid succession, the series turned this vital episode into a horror story to remember.
Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ Review: ‘Eastwatch’ Shows Off an »
- Steve Greene
Oliver Stone to Head Powerful Jury at Busan Festival
Oliver Stone, the ever controversial American-French director, has been named as president of the competition jury for the upcoming Busan International Film Festival. The Busan festival is no stranger to controversy.
Stone heads an impressive panel including Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), French cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”), Philippines director Lav Diaz (“From What is Before,” “The Woman Who Left”), and Korean director Jang Sun-woo (“Lies”). They will judge a selection of Asian films in the New Currents section that represents the festival’s cornerstone.
The Busan festival is still in turmoil nearly three years after it stood up to political interference from city authorities, acting as proxies for a nationalist and now disgraced right-wing government. The aftermath of the festival’s decision to screen a »
- Patrick Frater
‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: “Beyond the Wall” – Fellowship of the Wing
HBO’s Game of Thrones played some long-held cards in Season 7’s penultimate episode, giving us a true clash of fire and ice. It was a face-off that had both sides coming away with something they needed. For Dany & Co., they left with a wight to show Cersei. For the Night King, he now has an ice dragon. Fellowship of the Wight-Catchers If you weren’t reminded of Lord of the Rings at least once during the course of this episode, then you weren’t paying attention. From the machismo-driven camaraderie of the group … »
- Kayti Burt
‘Game of Thrones': Everything You Need to Know About the White Walkers [Updated]
Game of Thrones is going strong (thank the Old Gods, the New Gods, the Lord of Light, the Many-Faced God, and The Drowned God), so it’s time for a refresher on one of the most important elements of the show: The White Walkers. These ancient, terrifying, mummy-like antagonists with their ice zombie army are becoming increasingly vital as Game of Thrones races towards its inevitable conclusion. As everyone and their mother (i.e. Cersei) is vying for the Iron Throne, a desperate few know that the true threat lies beyond The Wall… and that it’s coming … »
- Kayti Burt
‘Game of Thrones': Let’s Talk About That Scene from “Beyond the Wall”
Please be aware there are Major Spoilers for Game of Thrones through S6 E6, "Beyond the Wall". Seriously, this is your last spoiler warning. Rip Viserion. We barely knew ye. Ok, have you caught your breath? Because, holy wow, that's how you deliver on the high-stakes expectations of a penultimate Game of Thrones episode. In a season that's been fairly low on high-impact casualties, "Beyond the Wall" delivered the classic Thronesian gut punch we were all waiting for, and it was heartbreaking (even if it was narratively pretty messy.) Surprise surprise, the Westerosi Seven Samurai's … »
- Haleigh Foutch
‘Twin Peaks’ Review: David Lynch Bids at Least One Pensive Goodbye in a Powerful ‘Part 15’
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Twin Peaks: The Return” Episode 15, “Part 15.”]
Throughout “The Return,” David Lynch and Mark Frost have paid tribute to cast and crew who have passed away since the original seasons aired — including a dedication to David Bowie in last week’s episode — but “Part 15” felt like an episode-long tribute to Catherine E. Coulson. The woman known fondly as the Log Lady and formally as Margaret Lanterman said her final goodbye near the end of Episode 15, speaking to Hawk (Michael Horse) over the phone, just as she has all season, and reminding him to “watch for that one […] the one under the moon on Blue Pine Mountain.”
It was difficult and largely unnecessary to absorb plot points when her final words meant so much more than the narrative. Coulson passed away in 2015 and she filmed scenes for “The Return” shortly before her death, »
- Ben Travers
Life and times of Jerry Lewis, the 'king of comedy' – video obituary
The renowned actor and slapstick legend has died in his Las Vegas home at the age of 91. Jerry Lewis was the knockabout clown, singer and showbusiness savant who started professional life in a double act with Dean Martin, went solo and was for a while the biggest comedy star in Hollywood
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- Guardian Staff
‘Game of Thrones’: Fire Finally Meets Ice ‘Beyond The Wall’
I live. I die. I live again. Maybe? The patented “Game of Thrones” Penultimate Episode does it again, with “Beyond the Wall.” It’s possible ‘Thrones’ has descended into fan service, but as fan, I enjoy being serviced in this way. This episode was so balls to the wall nuts, I’m almost certain I pulled a muscle in my neck freaking out. I screamed, I bellowed, I battered a pillow with my feet.
- Katie Walsh
Watch An R2 Unit Meet A Grisly Fate In This Han Solo Movie Video
Ron Howard has shared another image from the Han Solo set, but this one isn't for the droid-loving faint of heart! »
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