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China Box Office: 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Debuts to Massive $33M

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Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has opened to an enormous $33 million on its first day in China.

The Friday haul, which includes some limited previews, gives The Final Chapter claim to the third-largest Hollywood debut ever in the Middle Kingdom, following only Universal's Furious 7 with $68 million (2015) and Legendary's Warcraft at $46 million (2016).

Beijing-based Leomus Films, Sony and Capcom's local marketing partner on the release, tells THR they have upped their full-weekend forecast to just shy of $85 million (520 million Rmb).

The film's first day in China is considerably more than its entire North »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Syrian Cinematographer of Oscar-Nominated Doc Blocked From Attending Academy Awards

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U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, The White Helmets, that has been nominated for an Academy Award.

According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding "derogatory information" regarding Khateeb.

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- the Associated Press

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'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya Joins Steve McQueen's 'Widows'

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Daniel Kaluuya, who stars in this weekend’s acclaimed horror movie Get Out, has been cast in Widows, New Regency’s heist thriller being directed by Steve McQueen, THR has confirmed.

Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, and Michelle Rodriguez are among those on the cast list for the project, which centers on four women who team up to complete a heist. The story, based on the 1980s British TV series, starts out with a group of armed robbers being killed during a robbery. Their widows then decide to finish the job their spouses started. Kaluuya will play the hothead brother of a character played »


- Borys Kit

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'Logan' Premiere: Hugh Jackman Thanks Fans for 17 Years as Wolverine

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Hugh Jackman was full of gratitude at Friday night’s New York premiere of Logan, the ninth and final time he has played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.

“This is like a dream,” he told the claw-wearing fans at the Jazz at Lincoln Center screening. “After 17 years, I feel I’ve met every Wolverine and X-Men fan [in the street]. … Honestly, these 17 years would not have been possible without you. I love this character, and I love you guys.”

When introducing the film, director James Mangold thanked Fox for the freedom to execute his vision — “If »


- Ashley Lee

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'X-Men' Producer on Phoenix Saga Rumors and Making Up for 'The Last Stand'

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The Dark Phoenix Saga is expected to make its way back to the big screen, with longtime X-Men writer-producer Simon Kinberg considered the top contender to step into the director's chair for 20th Century Fox.

Kinberg, who insists reports that he will direct are "premature," told Heat Vision on the carpet for a New York premiere of Logan that he does have a few thoughts on how things could go.

"I'm a huge fan of The Dark Phoenix story, and I felt like there was a lot that we didn't do in X-Men: The Last Stand, which was based on »


- Ashley Lee,Aaron Couch

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Oscars: Foreign-Language Film Nominees Condemn "The Climate of Fanaticism and Nationalism"

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Speaking as a group, the six directors whose films have been nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar have issued a statement condemning "the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.”

The group includes Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of The Salesman, who in the wake of President Trump’s executive order attempting to enforce a travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries, said he would boycott Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in protest.

The collective statement was signed »


- Gregg Kilday

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