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Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed

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

New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.

According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown.

Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in the ’80s and ’90s, topped the list with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. For every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3).

Brad Pitt was the least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).

PartyCasino had less extensive results for actresses, because, as a representative »


- Matt Fernandez

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Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Scare Up a #1 Finish

13 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent Box Office Mojo news »

This same weekend last year saw Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween debut with a chart-topping $28.5 million, besting Tom Cruise and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on its way to two straight weekends at #1 and nearly $75 million domestically. Boo! ranks as the second highest grossing in Perry's directorial career and this weekend Boo 2! hopes to find similar success, though it isn't the weekend's only new opener. Boo 2! is just one of five new wide releases saturating the marketplace this weekend. Others vying for a spot in the weekend top ten include WB's big budget disaster flick Geostorm, Sony's Only The Brave, Universal's The Snowman and Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me. It's a very crowded marketplace, but other than Boo 2!, it doesn't look like »


- Brad Brevet

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Star in Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

19 October 2017 1:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor has begun production in Malawi on his as-yet-untitled directorial debut, in which he will also star.

The Oscar-nominated British star of stage and screen has adapted William Kamkwamba's autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, telling the life-changing story of how the author helped save his village as a 13-year-old by constructing a wind turbine from bits of scrap metal, old bicycle parts and wood.

The news was announced Thursday by by Participant Media, BBC Films and the BFI.

Potboiler ProductionsAndrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (A Most Wanted Man) are producing the film. Participant’s »


- Alex Ritman

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jordan Peele’s hit horror film “Get Out” led all films in nominations for the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Thursday. “Get Out” received four nominations, including Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. Other movies nominated for Best Feature at the awards, which are designed to celebrate independent film, are Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Josh and Bennie Safdie’s “Good Time” and Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” »


- Steve Pond

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Superhero Bits: Avengers: No Surrender, Mjolnir Candy Apples, Catwoman Rumors & More

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Want to make candy apples shaped like Mjolnir? What is Avengers: No Surrender doing with all of the superhero team members in 2018? What are Iron Fist and Luke Cage doing on the set of the second season of the latter’s Netflix series? Which classic superhero almost had a cameo in Batman vs Two-Face? Is […]

The post Superhero Bits: Avengers: No Surrender, Mjolnir Candy Apples, Catwoman Rumors & More appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Film Review: ‘The Fortress’

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It would be unfair, but not altogether inaccurate, to say audiences will undergo an ordeal only slightly less punishing that the one suffered by the folks on screen as they watch Hwang Dong-Hyuk’s “The Fortress,” a vividly detailed but exceedingly ponderous historical epic about the 17th-century invasion of Korea by an army of China’s Qing Empire. As King Ingo of the Joseon Dynasty and his loyal subjects remain ensconced in a mountaintop fortress while besieged by Qing forces, a combination of freezing temperatures, starvation and rash miscalculations by prideful military leaders systematically increase the body count. By contrast, viewers only have to worry about being seriously brain-fogged, if not bored to death, as the often confusing narrative sluggishly progresses.

Top-billed South Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun (familiar to North American audiences for his appearances in the “Magnificent Seven” remake and the “G.I. Joe” film franchise) underplays to a fault as Choi Myung-gil, the taciturn »


- Joe Leydon

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Film Review: ‘Never Here’

32 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though it drifts off into the ozone at the end, for most of its running time, “Never Here” is a low-key but effective psychological thriller which flirts with that looming issue of the social-media age: privacy, and the invasion thereof. But that theme is only a semi-developed starting point for a narrative that starts like a muted version of “The Eyes of Laura Mars” (i.e. an artist is seemingly stalked by a non-fan of her transgressive work) before gradually turning into a muted “Repulsion,” in which one suspects the real “perp” is the protagonist’s disintegrating sanity.

Starring Mireille Enos in an impressive lead turn, and notable for providing the late Sam Shepard a substantial final role, this first narrative feature for editor and Brit stage thesp turned writer-director Camille Thoman is accomplished enough to suggest it won’t be her last. However, the careful, confident handling doesn’t entirely make up for the fact that »


- Dennis Harvey

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Buena Vista Social Club: Adios review – thoughtful final look at the Cuban music phenomenon

52 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lucy Walker’s documentary usefully fills in gaps left by the wildly successful 1999 Wim Wenders film about the band and its few ageing survivors

This thoughtful if somewhat scattered documentary takes a last look at the hugely influential Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon, a project that started out as an album recording tracks by ageing Cuban musicians brought together by British impresario Nick Gold and produced by American musician Ry Cooder. Director Wim Wenders made a wildly successful documentary in 1999 that helped increase sales the album, while the artists it featured (most of whom had never worked with each other before) became near household names in metropolitan, world-music-curious households across the world. Here, director Lucy Walker interweaves interviews with many of the surviving band members and archive footage to provide biographical, political and historical background. That usefully fills in gaps the first documentary left unsaid, but then part of the »

- Leslie Felperin

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Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release

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Specialty distributor, The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. rights to a trio of films by South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. It acquired “The Day After,” “Claire’s Camera,” and “On the Beach at Night Alone,” which were represented by Finecut at Busan’s Asian Film Market.

Cinema Guild aims to release them theatrically in 2018, most likely after a suitable U.S. festival platform. The films have been widely licensed in other territories.

Also selling to the U.S. was “The Poet and the Boy,” which recently received its international premiere in Toronto and will next week play at the Tokyo festival. Rights were acquired by Altered Innocence. Written and directed by Kim Yang-hee, “Poet” stars indie actor-director Yang Ik-june (“Breathless”) and veteran actress Jeon Hye-jin (“The Merciless”).

Finecut, Korea’s leading indie sales house, also did business on Lee Won-tae’s “Man of Will,” which had its market premiere in Busan. The film was »


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Film Victoria Hires Caroline Pitcher as CEO

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Film Victoria, the Australian regional screen agency, has appointed Caroline Pitcher as its new CEO. She replaces Jenni Tosi who has resigned.

Pitcher was national Gm, film & television post production at Deluxe, from 2013-2016, and prior to that she was director, marketing & enterprise solutions at Omnilab Media. She has been a member of the Film Victoria board since 2012, and previously worked for the agency as Gm of the Melbourne Film Office between 2003 and 2007. Pitcher also served as a member of the Ausfilm International Board from 2009-2016 and as president of the Screen Services Association of Victoria from 2010-2012.

“(Pitcher) has made a strong contribution to the industry over more than a decade and to the Film Victoria board over the past five years. She has an intimate knowledge of the organization and the challenges and opportunities ahead for Victoria’s screen industry,” said Ian Robertson, Film Victoria board president.

“The Victorian screen industry is performing well. An »


- Patrick Frater

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Jose Alvarez’s ‘The Gaze of the Sea’ Vies for the Top Docu Prize at Morelia

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Executive produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”), Jose Alvarez’s poignant docu “The Gaze of the Sea” (“Los Ojos del Mar”) turns on a prostitute who makes it her mission to help the families of shipwrecked fishermen lost at sea.

“Gaze” is produced by Julio ChavezmontesPiano, the Mexican lead-producer of Emiliano Rocha Minter’s “We Are the Flesh,” a carnal allegory of modern Mexico and another movie backed by Gonzalez Inarritu, albeit in terms of endorsement and promotion, which Piano released in Mexico on Friday the 13th of October. Alvarez’s shingle Alacran con Alas and Germany’s Sutor Kolonko are co-producers of “Gaze.”

“Alejandro is an old childhood friend and we both worked in radio, too,” said Alvarez. “He has always liked my documentaries; he finds them – inexplicably – more complicated to make than fiction features,” he mused.

After its debut in Morelia’s pix-in-post program Impulso where it won a berth on roving documentary »


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No more Mr Nice Guy: the actors who revived their careers with extreme makeovers

2 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Affable goofball Vince Vaughn is on the verge of a Vaughnaissance with his gleeful antihero in Brawl in Cell Block 99. Here’s who he can take tips from

Trace your way through Vince Vaughn’s career – from affable-boyish late-90s Vince, past affable-goofball noughties Vince and all the way to affable-jaded latter-day Vince – and you probably wouldn’t expect his next role to involve grinding another man’s skull into a cold concrete floor. Or snapping an assailant’s arm over his knee like a piece of firewood.

Related: Brawl in Cell Block 99 review – Vince Vaughn has a riot in ultraviolent thriller

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Tarantino on Weinstein: 'I knew enough to do more than I did'

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The director admits he knew about an alleged assault involving his former girlfriend Mira Sorvino, and says he wishes he had taken responsibility

Quentin Tarantino says he knew about instances of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein for decades but failed to act in order to protect women, adding: “I knew enough to do more than I did.”

Related: The allegations against Harvey Weinstein – a list

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Lumière Festival: Celluloid Angels to Give Anna Karina Directorial Debut “Vivre Ensemble” 4k Restoration

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Lyon — Hundreds of cinema restoration professionals meet in Lyon each year, as well as filmmakers, actors, and superfans, to admire and discuss cinematic gems, which might otherwise become victims of time and technology.

At this year’s festival Jean-Luc Godard’s iconic muse, Anna Karina, gave a master class and introduced the restoration of her 1973 directorial debut “Vivre Ensemble.” Also in town were the film’s original co-producers, the legendary Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (Snc), a company with more than 80 years of production history in France. The film is in the process of a 4k update from the original Super 16mm negatives, with the restoration being handled by crowdfunding platform Celluloid Angels.

The film is set in the St Germain neighborhood of Paris’ Latin Quarter and the spirit of the late ’60s and pre-oil crisis ’70s sets the backdrop for the film’s love story. It was selected for the 1973 Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week line-up.

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Secret Superstar review – first-class Aamir Khan about Indian teenager's pop star ambitions

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A young woman becomes a YouTube sensation dressed in a burqa in this surprising and moving Bollywood drama starring Khan and Zaira Wasim

Bollywood’s big autumn release unspools like a continuation of last year’s crowdpleaser Dangal. Once again, progressively minded megastar Aamir Khan amplifies a young woman’s voice, it’s just that the process, in this instance, is literal. The voice belongs to Insia (Zaira Wasim, one of Dangal’s wrestler girls), a small-town teenager with big, primetime-tv-fuelled dreams of becoming the Indian Taylor Swift. Alas, her controlling, abusive father would prefer she grew up to serve him – so she takes the unusual step of uploading her tunes to YouTube in full burqa-clad anonymity, becoming a viral sensation.

The well-worn narrative furrow towards the limelight expands – as Khan’s best films do – into a consideration of several issues, from the internet’s transformative powers to a woman »

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Jason Isaacs on The Death of Stalin: ‘Cameron told me it was exactly like what was going on in Downing Street’

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The actor’s role in Armando Iannucci’s Soviet satire is another memorable one to go along with his turns in Harry Potter and the new Star Trek series. Here, he explains why he played Marshal Zhukov with a Yorkshire accent

Most actors, especially the male, British ones, will crack a few self-deprecating jokes in an interview, if only for form’s sake. Call it the Hugh Grant legacy. Jason Isaacs does this often enough to make you think he may actually mean it. “I just think I’m rubbish,” he says at one point. Then, later: “I can’t believe people don’t go, ‘I’m so sorry, we’ve made a terrible mistake for the last 30 years. Please go and open a cake shop.’” As regards his casting in The Death of Stalin, Armando Iannucci’s splendidly bleak new comedy about Soviet power struggles, he is even more »

- Ellen E Jones

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Film Review: ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’

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In his career as a writer, director, actor, mogul, and one-man filmmaking factory, Tyler Perry has given us shamelessly over-the-top demon-yuppie melodrama; exuberantly dirty-minded dress-up burlesque; squeaky-clean family soap opera; a rare bid for prestige with his 2010 adaptation of “For Colored Girls”; and, in last year’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” his message-movie version of a fright-night comedy. But with “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” Perry pushes into novel terrain. He has made a slasher movie, or the satire of a slasher movie, or the world’s most purposefully ineffectual slasher movie, or something. Even if you’re just looking for a Tyler Perry night out, be very afraid. (One qualification: Uncle Joe gets some tasty nasty lines.)

On her 18th birthday, Tiffany (Diamond White), the parochial-school heroine of the first “Boo!,” with her normal-girl-meets-Teen-Vogue generic Barbie-doll hauteur, is invited to another Halloween frat party thrown by the geek muscleheads of Upsilon Theta. Perry stages »


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‘Gotham’ Recap: “The Blade’s Path” – Born On a Monday

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Tonight’s episode of Gotham, titled “The Blade’s Path,” was one of those rare Balloonman specials: an entry so beautifully absurd that it transcends the show’s regular status of silly fun to become something more, like a child accidentally finger-painting the Mona Lisa. I’m not even sure where to begin, to be honest. With Butch Gilzean rising from the dead as an albino Frankenstein to murder a nearby band of woodland tramps? With Bruce Wayne viciously stabbing an immortal sorcerer who I guess also moonlights as a foreign diplomat? With the mafia crime family plot that … »

- Vinnie Mancuso

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Ted Danson is Sneakily Reinventing Himself on ‘The Good Place’

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At the start of Chapter 18 of “The Good Place,” Ted Danson’s Michael — the architect of a human torture chamber who’s recently switched sides in an attempt to help his former captives — laments how his new bosses are running The Bad Place.

“It really tucks my nuggets,” he says. “I worked so hard on my torture ideas, and theirs are so basic. These millennials, they have no work ethic.”

When Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto), who are both around the millennial age, give him a puzzled look, he continues. “Oh sorry, a millennial is someone who has only been torturing people for a thousand years.”

But the pun-like wordplay above sparked a troubling thought. Considering the middling “Good Place” ratings and the recent history of its star…

Do real millennials not get Ted Danson?

Now, to be fair, “The Good Place” ratings aren’t bad. In fact, »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Walking Dead’: AMC Launches Online Campaign to Make Season 8 Available on Hulu

6 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If AMC has your email address, you might have gotten a strange message on Thursday evening, warning you that if you want to watch “The Walking Dead” this Sunday night, you can watch it “everywhere” — except Hulu.

The message came with a link to the website wheretowatchtwd.com, but the site is not a viewing guide to your options for the upcoming Season 8 premiere (which also happens to be the 100th episode). Instead, it’s a form asking Hulu customers to enter their information: “To ensure you don’t miss the new season of the biggest show on TV, let Hulu know you want The Walking Dead!”

The campaign is most likely related to Hulu’s live TV streaming offering. That service includes major channels from almost every conglomerate, including Disney/ABC, NBCUniversal, CBS, 21st Century Fox, and Turner. But missing from that package: AMC Networks’ channels, which include AMC, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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