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China Box Office: 'Kingsman 2' Wins Weekend With $40M, 'Never Say Die' Crosses $300M

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

Fox's spy sequel The Kingsman: Golden Circle debuted to a strong $40.3 million at the Chinese box office over the weekend.

That's a sizable improvement over the $22.5 million opening its predecessor, The Kingsman: The Secret Service, made in the Middle Kingdom in 2015.

The cheeky action-comedy, again directed by British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, dominated screen shares while also earning $3.5 million on Imax. Worldwide, Golden Circle has brought in $250.3 million from 61 markets.

Viewer reviews in China are mostly positive — the film holds an average score of 7.3 on Douban and 8.4 on Maoyan — suggesting a »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Justin Timberlake to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

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

Justin Timberlake announced Sunday that he will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show next year. The musician made the announcement via Twitter in a video clip with NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon, declaring, “I do halftime!” The network will broadcast the NFL’s championship game on Feb. 4, 2018, from Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium.

The music superstar previously participated in the halftime show for the 2004 Super Bowl, and the moment he tore off part of Janet Jackson’s costume resulted in the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in which one. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops International Box Office With China Debut

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

Spy spoof “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has led the international box office with $48.7 million this weekend — most of that coming from an impressive $40.3 million launch in China.

Fox’s sequel to 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is playing in 62 markets abroad and has now topped $250 million worldwide, including $35 million in South Korea and $30 million in the U.K. The original grossed $286 million two years ago in overseas markets.

The action comedy was directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Taron Egerton. In China, the opening weekend led that market and was 73% ahead of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

With $95 million in the U.S. after five weeks, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is nearing $350 million worldwide. The original wound up with a worldwide total of $415 million.

Warner Bros.Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, is finishing in second place with $36.4 million at 13,000 screens with first-place finishes in 36 territories to lift its international total to $49 million. South Korea was »


- Dave McNary

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‘Only the Brave’ and 2 More Bomb, Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2’ Will Break Even: It’s Another Troubling Box-Office Weekend

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Geostorm,” “Only the Brave,” “The Snowman” — it’s another in a series of terrible box-office weekends. Last year, the same weekend saw three new releases gross a total of $65 million; this year, four new releases totaled $44 million. “Boo 2: A Madea Halloween” performed best, but at the lower end of expectations.

This is a performance that might be expected in January, the dumping ground for loser films. But October is the month where we’ve seen films like “Gravity,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Martian” thrive.

Is it a crisis yet? It’s clear there’s still an audience when a September release like “It” can hit $320 million domestic so far. However, it’s clear that even franchise fans are unreliable.

Read More:‘Geostorm’ Review: Brace for Category 5 CGI Boredom

With a $22 million opening weekend and a $25 million budget, “Boo 2!” could break even: Figure less than $30 million in marketing/distribution costs, »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around

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

As expected, Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend box office becoming the seventh of eight Madea films to open over $20 million. Meanwhile, it was rough going for the weekend's four other new wide releases as Geostorm, Only the Brave and The Snowman essentially bombed while Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me failed to meet the low end of expectations after strong group sales on opening day. Overall, the top twelve generated just $81.3 million, over $30 million less than the same weekend last year as October is currently pacing ~13% behind last year. With an estimated $21.65 million, Boo 2! finished atop the weekend box office while falling nearly $7 million short of the original's opening one year ago. The film did receive an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, just a notch below the original Boo!'s "A" and it will be interesting to see what kind of run Boo 2! can leg out. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Slays Weekend; Doc ‘Jane’ Bows Solid – Specialty Box Office

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A24's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer sailed to the top the Specialty box office in its debut, grossing over $114K in four theaters in another crowded weekend of newcomers. There were over a dozen new limited releases this weekend, though not all reported numbers as of Sunday morning. Brett Morgen's latest documentary Jane about famed primatologist Jane Goodall opened strong in three locations, grossing $55,712. On its heels was Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Wonderstruc… »


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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Director Teases Future Crossover With King Kong, Godzilla Franchise

21 October 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Judging by its trailers, the “Pacific Rim” sequel looks amazing, with “Force Awakens” star John Boyega joining as the new lead — but fans might already have a reason to look forward to the franchise’s films down the line. With “Pacific Rim: Uprising” coming out next March, director Steven S. DeKnight shared with Collider that the movie might be followed up with a full-on crossover with King Kong and Godzilla joining in on the action. “I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility ,” DeKnight told Collider. »


- Sean Burch

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Zehao Gao's 'To Kill a Watermelon' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival

21 October 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sha Gua (To Kill a Watermelon), from Chinese director Zehao Gao, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Polish capital.

Also among the winners were French director Joan Chemla, who received best director honors for Si tu voyais son coeur (If You Saw His Heart).

The special jury award went to Allen Dizon and Angelie Sanoy, the stars of Bomba (The Bomb) by Philippine director Ralston Gonzales Jover.

A special mention was given to the Slovenia/Croatia co-production Rudar (The Miner), helmed by Hanna Slak.

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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Netflix to Raise $1.6 Billion to Further Expand Content Production, Purchases

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Netflix plans to raise an additional $1.6 billion in debt to for “content acquisitions, production and development,” among other “general corporate purposes,” the streaming giant said on Monday. The company will raise the capital by selling senior notes. “The interest rate, redemption provisions, maturity date and other terms of the Notes will be determined by negotiations between Netflix and the initial purchasers,” per the announcement. Also Read: Nielsen to Measure Svod Ratings: NBCU, A&E, Disney, Lionsgate, Warner Bros Already on Board Here’s what else the money may be used for, according to Netflix: “capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic. »

- Tony Maglio

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David Letterman Receives Mark Twain Prize at All-Star Ceremony

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David Letterman's late-night legacy was celebrated Sunday night at the Kennedy Center as Bill Murray, Jimmy Kimmel, Eddie Vedder, former Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer and more honored Letterman at the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony.

"No one from his generation influenced American comedy more," Kimmel said of the late-night host.

"When Dave left 17 long months ago, we had no idea how much trouble we were in. I look at what's going on now and I think this is your [Letterman's] fault. All of it. Everything was fine »


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Stephen Galloway: Hollywood's Culture of Abuse Helped Harvey Weinstein Thrive

39 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In early August 2013, Fox Searchlight arranged for me to see a newly completed film that The Hollywood Reporter was considering as the cover story for our upcoming Toronto Film Festival issue. No one I knew had seen the movie, nor had anyone said anything about it, good or bad, so I was stunned by what I saw, and above all by a young actress making her feature debut.

The movie was 12 Years a Slave, and the actress was Lupita Nyong’o. That year, she was the first person we approached to be on THR's Actress Roundtable, and we seated »

- Stephen Galloway

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Virtual Reality Makes Real Gains Across Africa

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Head a few miles north of the Sandton Convention Center, where more than a thousand producers, broadcasters, and assorted industry execs are gathering this week to discuss the latest trends in African content at Discop, and you can deep-sea dive off the Galapagos islands, battle zombies, buckle up for a trip to the moon—or look into the future.

At VRCade, a virtual reality arcade which opened in Johannesburg last year, customers can get a glimpse of what the burgeoning Vr industry will have in store as it expands into the African market.

Yet just as tepid headgear sales in the U.S. in 2016 tempered industry-wide forecasts of an impending Vr revolution, widescale adoption in Africa seems a good way off—even in South Africa, the continent’s most-developed market.

“The technology there is far from mature,” says Glenn Gillis, CEO of Sea Monster, an animation and gaming studio that specializes in virtual and augmented reality. Yet Gillis »


- Christopher Vourlias

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Gold Star Widow Breaks Her Silence on Trump Phone Call: ‘It Made Me Cry’ (Video)

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The wife of fallen U.S. solider Sgt. La David Johnson finally addressed her version of that now infamous condolence call between her and President Donald Trump. In an interview Monday with George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” Myeshia Johnson said President Trump did say her husband “knew what he signed up for” and that it left her deeply hurt. “The president said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways and it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it,” she said. “He couldn’t remember my. »


- Jon Levine

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Discop Africa: Guest Country Germany Talks African Ties

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For visitors looking to escape the cold at this year’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin, the first Berlinale Africa Hub offered a chance to warm up with the hottest trends transforming filmmaking south of the Sahara.

Attached to the historic Martin-Gropius-Bau, the hub offered a platform for African innovation, showcasing advances in virtual reality and 360° storytelling on the continent, new distribution and marketing models, and the growing number of mobile platforms looking to cash in on Africa’s smart phone boom.

It also underscored an ongoing commitment to African creative industries by Germany, guest country at the Discop market in Johannesburg this week. Buoyed by the support of cultural institutions and the federal government, Germany has long been one of the world’s strongest partners for African filmmakers.

The Africa Hub was a collaborative effort on the part of the Efm, in co-operation with the World Cinema Fund, Berlinale Talents »


- Christopher Vourlias

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Russia Braces for Violent Protests as Controversial Film About Last Tsar Set to Open

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A controversial film that tells the story of an affair between a beautiful ballerina and Russia's last emperor is due to be released Thursday after months of protest.

Matilda, by award-winning director Alexei Uchitel, has attracted the ire of the Russian Orthodox Church and nationalist extremists, angered by the depiction of a man they consider a saint.

The Russia-wide release on more than 1,000 screens is likely to reignite tensions after months of protests that have included the fire bombing of Uchitel's St Petersburg offices, attacks on cinemas and a billboard poster campaign by the church emphasizing the »

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‘Outlander’ episode 3.6 video recap: ‘A. Malcolm’ delivers moment that fans have been waiting for [Watch]

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“A. Malcolm,” the sixth episode of season three of the Starz hit drama “Outlander,”  was written by Matthew B. Roberts and directed by Norma Bailey. This is the episode that fans have waited so long to see, as the highly anticipated reunion between Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) is finally realized. After decades apart, they rekindle their emotional and physical […] »


- Rob Licuria

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African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

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

Africa’s toon boom takes center stage in Johannesburg this week, as the continent’s animation biz gets a boost from organizers of the Discop TV market Oct. 25-27.

A packed agenda will spotlight the bold strides being made by African animators to join the global conversation around kids’ content.

“We’re slowly building momentum, and we’re slowly building a platform for role-players across the continent to plug into,” says Nick Wilson, of the African Animation Network (Aan), an open-network platform for African animators and industry associations to connect and collaborate. “There’s going to be a real pan-African buzz represented at Discop this year.”

Anchoring the action on the floor of the Sandton Convention Center will be the African Animation Village. Sponsored by Turner Africa, the village will be the hub for a busy week that includes a roundtable discussion on developing local content through partnerships with international brands, led by Ariane Suveg, »


- Christopher Vourlias

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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’

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Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”) will star as Judy Garland in a new movie about the show business legend’s final concerts in London. Pathé and Calamity Films are behind “Judy” and principal photography is set for next February, in London.

Opening in the English capital in the winter of 1968 as Garland arrives for a five-week run of sell-out concerts, the movie will also recount the icon’s battles with management, and relationships with musicians and fans.

As the concerts get underway the star of stage and screen is 47 and exhausted, fragile, and wanting to be at home with her kids, casting into doubt whether the shows, at the Talk of the Town nightclub, can go on.

“Judy” is based on a script written by Tom Edge (“The Crown”) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (“Pride”) for Calamity Films. British stage director and Tony nominee, Rupert Goold, will direct. The producers »


- Stewart Clarke

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Idfa’s Interim Artistic Director Barbara Visser Welcomes ‘A Generation With Balls’ for Doc Festival’s 30th Edition

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For its last edition, Idfa found itself on the back-foot, after the double whammy of Britain’s Brexit vote and, rather more freshly, the shock result of the U.S. election conspired to overshadow even the most topical film in the selection. This year, things seemed to have settled down, although Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, the festival’s Head of Industry, cautions against complacency. “You never know what might happen!” she laughs.

It’s a big year for Idfa, which celebrates two birthdays – 30 for the festival itself and 25 for the Forum. To celebrate the former, which also happens to see longtime Artistic Director Ally Derks stepping down, the festival has invited a roll-call of documentary legends, including Nick Broomfield, Frederick Wiseman, Kim Longinotto, Da Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, to select a film that has profoundly affected them and present it to a festival audience.

Also, as always, the event comprises eight competitive strands alongside the usual sections that showcase »


- Damon Wise

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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in Drama From 'The Crown' Scribe

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

Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger is set to play Judy Garland in Judy, based on the true story of the stage and screen icon's final concerts in London.

Pathe and Calamity Films are backing the project, based on a script by Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) and to be directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold, with production set to start February 2018. BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) will produce for Calamity Films

Judy will chronicle Garland's arrival in swinging 1968 London to perform in a series of sellout shows. It has been 30 years since "the »


- Alex Ritman

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