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

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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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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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JJ Abrams Plans to Take ‘Star Wars’ Franchise ‘Elsewhere’

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With JJ Abrams back in the director’s chair to close out the sequel trilogy on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the writer-director plans to take the final installment in the franchise “elsewhere.”

In a recent interview with the BBC, alongside composer Michael Giacchino, Abrams said, “Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on ‘Episode IX’ — coming back into this world after having done ‘Episode VII.’ I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were.”

Abrams added, “At the same time, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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French Actress Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100

16 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.

Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made »


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Film Review: ‘The Fortress’

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

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’

33 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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China Box Office Forecast to Surge to $8.3B in 2017

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China's movie box office is expected to surge 20 percent-plus in 2017, hitting a record total of $8.31 billion (55.0 billion yuan), the country's media regulator said Friday.

In yuan terms, the figure would be up 20 percent, while the growth in dollar terms would even hit 26 percent.

The sizable expansion would mark a major turnaround from 2016, when tickets sales grew by just 3.7 percent to $6.58 billion (45.7 billion yuan) after averaging 35 percent yearly gains for a decade.

The 2017 forecast was made by Zhang Hongsen, Vice Minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, »

- Patrick Brzeski

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How ‘Only the Brave’ Went From Magazine Pages to the Multiplex

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Twenty stand-up, small town guys. An elite squad of first responders in the Arizona mountains. Everyday heroes whose loved ones suffered the “greatest loss of firefighters since 9/11.” Any studio head would likely break a finger motioning to greenlight that concept if it came through on spec, but that’s not how it was born. The story of Josh Brolin and Miles Teller’s “Only The Brave,” out Friday from Sony Pictures, happened in real life and was adapted from a widely-read 2013 GQ magazine story. Sean Flynn’s “No Exit” was published in the pages of the Conde Nast title in 2013 and. »


- Matt Donnelly

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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 »


- Sonia Kil

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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 »


- John Hopewell

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Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson to Star in 'A Violent Separation'

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesBrenton Thwaites and Ben Robson have been cast in the lead roles in the crime thriller A Violent Separation.

The two-hander, written by Michael Arkof and directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz, tells the story of a quiet Midwestern town, where a young sheriff, played by Thwaites, covers up a murder at the hands of his older brother, Ray (Robson). Neither of the young men are prepared for the passionate romance that blossoms between Norman and the victim’s younger sister, Frances, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey.

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- Etan Vlessing

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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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- Jamie Lang

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How ‘Scandal’ Just Explained the Reality of Sexism With One Witty Remark

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Former President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) isn’t sexist (at least his character doesn’t portray any blatant signs of being so), but even he got a very real reminder of just how unfair life can be for women. Thursday night’s episode of “Scandal” focused mostly on what President Fitzgerald Grant has been up to since he’s been pretty Mia since the start of the season. Basically, he’s trying to live a regular life in Vermont in the house he »


- Rasha Ali

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La Dodgers Defeat the Cubs, Head to the World Series for First Time in 29 Years

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The Chicago Cubs had their year — and 2017 wasn’t it. This time, it was the L.A. Dodgers who broke a drought by winning the National League pennant and heading to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers took down the Cubs 11-1 and won the series 4-1 in what can only be called a domination. And they did at Wrigley Field, to really rub salt into the wound. Enrique Hernandez’s three home runs led the Dodgers to their happy ending and gave them the opportunity to face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees in. »


- Debbie Emery

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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 »


- Owen Gleiberman

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

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It probably goes without saying that there are no scares in Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the latest vehicle for Perry's cross-dressing claim to fame. And after this many films and stage plays in Perry's poor-man's-Klumps franchise, a viewer can probably guess exactly how many laughs he or she will get from it, too. Either you're part of the fan base that keeps this staggeringly untalented director making movies, or you can barely imagine finding him funny. Representing the former group in a Manhattan multiplex Thursday night, a woman who had chucked five times or so and truly »


- John DeFore

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‘Will & Grace’ Creators Tell Us Why Mike Pence Inspired Jack’s Gay Grandson

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(Spoiler warning: This story contains plot details about Thursday’s “Will & Grace“) Jack met his grandson on this week’s “Will & Grace,” and vice president Mike Pence inadvertently made that happened. Series co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan told TheWrap that their decision to introduce Skip — whose father is Jack’s son Elliot (Michael Angarano) — came about following Trump’s 2016 election win and in light of Pence’s link to so-called “gay-conversion therapy.” Also Read: Sean Hayes Regrets Not Coming Out as Gay During 'Will & Grace' First Run “It must have come from our interest in wanting to do an episode on conversion. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Torch Song’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Passes It to Michael Urie

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

It turned out to be a downright risible night at the Tony Awards. On June 5, 1983, “Torch Song Trilogy” beat out “Plenty” and “‘night, Mother” for best play of that Broadway season. Granted, the David Hare and Marsha Norman plays have not been blessed with stellar revivals to enhance their reputations since then, but at least no one ever felt the need to cut huge chunks from either work or change the title. A revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” opened Thursday at Off Broadway’s Second Stage; it’s 45 minutes shorter than the original, and is performed with only. »


- Robert Hofler

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Lupita Nyong'o Details 'Bully' Harvey Weinstein's Advances in New Op-Ed

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Lupita Nyong'o adds her name to a growing number of actresses (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Cara Delevingne) who are detailing their experiences of alleged sexual assault, abuse and/or harassment at the hands of producer Harvey Weinstein. In an Op-Ed for The New York Times on Thursday, Nyong'o said she had several encounters with him long before her breakout role in 2013's 12 Years a Slave. The New York Times was the first to break the story of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults and abuse.

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