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China box office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' passes $320m, sets further records

The Marvel blockbuster is now the top foreign film of 2018 in China, & Disney’s highest-grossing ever in the country.

Avengers: Infinity War stayed top at the Chinese box office in the period of May 14-20, sending more records tumbling. The third installment of the popular franchise added $108.3m for $320.2m after 10 days, cementing it as the top grossing film for both Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in China.

It has also emerged as the top foreign film in 2018, surpassing Ready Player One; the fourth highest grossing foreign film ever, after Furious 8, Furious 7 and Transformers 4; and the 12th highest grossing film ever,
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Italy’s Vivo Film to Produce Abel Ferrara’s ‘Siberia,’ Other New Films (Exclusive)

Vivo Film, Italian indie known for recent standout titles such as “Nico, 1988” and “Daughter of Mine,” has boarded Abel Ferrara’s long-gestating “Siberia” as its main producer.

The Rome-based shingle headed by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa also has several pics by emerging Italian directors in the pipeline including “Dafne,” a drama centered around a young woman who suffers from Down syndrome which will start shooting in Tuscany in June.

Ferrara announced “Siberia” in Cannes three years ago calling it an exploration of the language of dreams and a vehicle for Willem Dafoe. It’s about the introspective voyage of a man who lives in an isolated cabin on a snow-capped mountain. Since then “Siberia” long languished, but Vivo Film has teamed up with German producer Philipp Kreuzer’s Maze Pictures to co-produce the pic and The Match Factory has taken world sales. They are also in talks with Sundance
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China box office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' scoops huge $210m from first three days

Disney blockbuster takes $210m from first three days.

Last week’s box office (May 7-13) soared significantly by about 28%, thanks to the return of the Avengers, which landed in China two weeks after its North American debut.

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War easily took the crown, leading the pack by a wide margin. It scooped up a whopping $210.4m from its first three days, representing about 83% of the week’s total box office. Saturday alone, it narrowly surpassed Furious 8 for the second highest single day gross with $77.55m (based on local currency), only behind Monster Hunt 2.

Other new records
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If the BBC is politically neutral, how does it explain Andrew Neil? | Owen Jones

He symbolises the rightwing domination of our media. Yet a politics presenter as aligned to the left would not be tolerated

Imagine this. The BBC appoints a prominent radical leftist, a lifelong Bennite, the chairman of the publisher of a prominent leftwing publication no less, as its flagship political presenter and interviewer. This person has made speeches in homage of Karl Marx calling for the establishment of full-blooded socialism in Britain, including a massive increase in public ownership, hiking taxes on the rich to fund a huge public investment programme, and reversing anti-union laws. They appear on our “impartial” Auntie Beeb wearing a tie emblazoned with the logo of a hardline leftist thinktank. Their BBC editor is a former Labour staffer who moves to become Jeremy Corbyn’s communications chief. They use their Twitter feed – where they have amassed hundreds of thousands of followers thanks to a platform handed to
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Italy’s Rai Cinema Producing New Works by Russian Auteurs Sokurov and Konchalovsky

Rome — Leading Italian film company Rai Cinema is producing new works by revered Russian auteurs Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Konchalovsky, as well as a slew of new titles from prominent Italian helmers Gabriele Salvatores and Gianni Amelio and younger standouts Jonas Carpignano and Susanna Nicchiarelli.

The production and distribution arm of pubcaster Rai has teamed up with the Sokurov Foundation on an unconventional historical work featuring rare archive footage of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Churchill captured in non-official circumstances. These leaders will hold imaginary conversations during World War II that reveal their “human nature, their vision of the world” and their personal takes of wartime events, according to Rai Cinema promotional materials.

This latest work by the director who explored the corrupting effects of power in “Moloch” (1999), about Hitler, and “Taurus” (2000), about Lenin, and who more recently shot “Russian Ark” and “Francofonia,” is working-titled “La risata tra le lacrime” in Italian,
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Paradise Lost: Close-Up on "Behemoth"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Zhao Liang's Behemoth (2015) is showing April 17 - May 17, 2018 in the United States as part of the retrospective Chinese Independents, Part 1.Over the past few years, a wealth of filmmakers have embraced creative techniques while representing the toil and toll of manual labor across the broad spectrum of modern non-fiction cinema. There have been strict ethnographic chronicles, formally and visually dexterous meditations, sensory explorations as well as political histories. Chinese documentarian Zhao Liang adopts a poetic approach to the subject matter in his extraordinary Behemoth, taking Dante’s Divine Comedy as inspiration for an image-led descent into a hellish underworld (and out the other side) to lay bare the human cost of rampant industrialization in his homeland.Inferno“And of course it is doomed. The mountains, the moors; for a time, for a few decades, they will shelter the wilderness still.
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Film News: Last Week for Chicago European Union Film Fest, Finale is ‘The Young Karl Marx’

Chicago – There is one week to go in one of the country’s most comprehensive Eurocentric cinema event, the 21st Chicago European Union (EU) Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It wraps up with Closing Night on Thursday, April 5th, 2018, screening “The Young Karl Marx,” directed by Raoul Peck (“I Am Not Your Negro”). The film, which acts as a superhero origin story for a geopolitical philosophy, is the closer for the four week fest, which began on March 9th.

’The Young Karl Marx’ Closes the 2018 Chicago EU Film Festival on April 5th

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The Young Karl Marx” is set in 1843, in a period when Europe was in upheaval, with revolution and politics at the forefront. Karl Marx (August Diehl) is a journalist, whose ideas are stirring the debate in his travels, to keep ahead of his creditors. His wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps) supports his writings,
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The Death Of Stalin – Review

(left to right) Dermot Crowley as Kaganovich, Paul Whitehouse as Mikoyan, Steve Buscemi as Krushchev, Jeffrey Tambor as Malenkov, and Paul Chahidi as Bulganin. Photo by Nicola Dove. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release.

Tragedy plus time equals comedy, the old saying goes. The Death Of Stalin, oddly, is a comedy, a mix of political satire and farce built around the days before and after the death of Josef Stalin. Anything about Stalin, the Soviet Union’s brutal longtime strongman ruler, hardly seems like fodder for comedy yet director Armando Iannucci manages to replace Karl Marx with the Marx Brothers in The Death Of Stalin. Iannucci is no stranger to political satire, having helmed television’s Veep, and assembles a splendid cast of mostly British and American actors, many skilled in comedy, for this often hilarious English-language dark comedy.

That strong cast includes Steve Buscemi, Jeffery Tambor, Michael Palin,
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“The Future is What We See It to Be”: Raoul Peck on James Baldwin, Karl Marx and The Young Karl Marx

The Young Karl Marx is the latest film from Raoul Peck, a filmmaker who still believes in the intelligence of the audience. It’s his first film since his incredible success with the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, about James Baldwin. Like so many radical filmmakers he has found acclaim when he has been able to marry his own political beliefs and curiosity with society’s infatuation with celebrity. The film on Baldwin came at the right time and struck a chord at a moment when #BlackLivesMatter entered the public consciousness and the realisation that the election of an African-American president […]
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Directors in New York: Raoul Peck

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Interview: Scout Tafoya | Video: Kurt WalkerFollowing the success of I Am Not Your Negro (2016), Haitian director Raoul Peck has ambitiously made a biopic of the early years of Karl Marx. Reviewing the film for the Notebook, Scout Tafoya writes:The Young Karl Marx’s focus is on precious few people and incidents and the style in which it unfolds has already proved polarizing. Some find it too simple. (...) Peck could easily have turned Marx into spectacle, but what better gift than a romantic treatment of Marxism, the kind that only the cinema can provide? He’s made Marx into a figure liberal audiences will recognize from the dozens of torturous biopics they give money and prizes too every year. That’s a sly victory in and of itself. Make a film that behaves, in its structure, like a conventional story of an underdog inventor or movie-autistic genius. Give Marx back to the people,
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‘Operation Red Sea’ Tops Newcomers; ’The Shape of Water’ Crosses $55M – Specialty Box Office

‘Operation Red Sea’ Tops Newcomers; ’The Shape of Water’ Crosses $55M – Specialty Box Office
Thriller debuts were ubiquitous this weekend among the Specialties, and China's Operation Red Sea took the highest gross, taking in $510K in 45 theaters. The Orchard communed The Young Karl Marx in a trio of runs this weekend taking in a decent gross of $28,599. Other openers included Oscilloscope's November in an exclusive run with $4,300 and IFC Films' sci-fi thriller The Cured with Ellen Page in three locations landing at $5,332. Sony Pictures Classics widened Russian…
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‘Young Karl Marx’, ‘November’, ‘The Lodgers,’ & ‘Are We Not Cats’ Among Openers – Specialty B.O. Preview

The Orchard is taking a left turn this weekend with its latest release, The Young Karl Marx by I Am Not Your Negro filmmaker Raoul Peck. The Berlin '17 premiere starring August Diehl and Stefan Konarske as Karl Marx and Friederich Engels has had initial success in social media after its trailer brought out commentary from the left, right and in-between. The title is among a number of limited release newcomers this weekend, which also features a slew of thrillers including…
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Review: Birth of an Era—Raoul Peck's "The Young Karl Marx"

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Among the many pleasures nestled in Joseph Losey’s late triumph Roads to the South (Yves Montand saying the name “Walter Benjamin” is the purest delight) is a scene where father and son communists, Montand and Laurent Malet, play Russian roulette. Montand is a screenwriter whom Malet believes has lost his revolutionary nerve and sold out. Their mother, who linked the firebrands, has died, and they seem to have nothing left binding them. How could a young agitator respect this lapsed whore of a Marxist, selling movies and living vicariously through real activists as he grows old and dies in his cozy estate? How can one be a Marxist and still respect the cinema? Pasolini spent his too-short life investigating this question with every movie he made, never arriving at an answer beyond the mere fact of having done so, thus demonstrating its possibility. Have we need of further proof?
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The Young Karl Marx Movie Review

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The Young Karl Marx Movie Review
The Young Karl Marx The Orchard Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Raoul Peck Screenwriter: Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck Cast: August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Olivier Gourmet, Michael Brander Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/13/18 Opens: February 23, 2018 What four people influenced our present world more than any others? The classic answer: Freud, Moses, […]

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‘The Young Karl Marx’ Trailer: Communism Gets the the Hot, Young Makeover

‘The Young Karl Marx’ Trailer: Communism Gets the the Hot, Young Makeover
First, it was a Young Pope, in the form of Jude Law. Then we received a Young Shakespeare, courtesy of TNT’s edgy series, Will. Then we were gifted Young Dumbledore, again in the form of Jude Law. I’m not suggesting that there is a cinematic universe of young, sexy versions of famous figures (the majority of […]

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August Diehl Stars in New Us Trailer for Biopic 'The Young Karl Marx'

"You are the greatest thinker of our times." The Orchard has released an official Us trailer for the indie biopic The Young Karl Marx, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year. This film tells the story of a young Karl Marx, as the title indicates, who became one of the great philosophers and activists in the mid-1800s. German actor August Diehl (seen in Inglourious Basterds) plays Karl Marx, and Vicky Krieps (seen in Phantom Thread) plays his wife, along with a cast including Stefan Konarske, Olivier Gourmet, Hannah Steele, Alexander Scheer, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Michael Brandner, and Ivan Franek. I'm intrigued by this, and it's described as "a spry romp through the seven years leading up to the drafting of the Communist Manifesto." This film looks like it's seriously worth your time. Check it out below. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Raoul Peck's The Young Karl Marx,
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‘The Young Karl Marx’ Trailer: Happiness Requires Rebellion [Exclusive]

Following his outstanding, acclaimed documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” director Raoul Peck tackled another culture changing, and politically charged figure in “The Young Karl Marx.” However, he takes a feature film approach this time around, but the results are no less compelling.

Starring August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and “Phantom Thread” breakout Vicky Krieps, the film traces the footsteps of Karl Marx through the Socialist movement and founding of the Communist League, as it originated in Paris during the 19th century.

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‘The Limehouse Golem’ DVD Review

Stars: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays, Sam Reid, Maria Valverde, Henry Goodman, Eddie Marsan | Written by Jane Goldman | Directed by Juan Carlos Medina

If you know your mythical creatures, the title (and, indeed, the IMDb synopsis) of this period horror movie might give you unreasonable expectations for its content. However, instead of the monster from Jewish folklore, the Limehouse Golem here is essentially a nick-name for a (fictional) Jack the Ripper-like slasher terrorising the East End of Victorian London.

Directed by Juan Carlos Medina (his English language debut after 2012′s Painless) and adapted from a 1994 novel by Peter Ackroyd (Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem), The Limehouse Golem opens with former music hall star Elizabeth “Little Lizzie” Cree (Bates Motel’s Olivia Cooke) being arrested for the murder of her husband, failed journalist John Cree (Sam Reid). That brings her to the attention of Inspector Kildare (Bill
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Home Entertainment: ‘The Limehouse Golem’ Review

The setting is murky grey Victorian London. A series of grotesque murders have shocked the East End community of Limehouse and Scotland Yard assign the unsolvable case of finding the mythical Golem to Inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy).

With the help of Constable George Flood, Kildare uncovers a lead in the form of Thomas De Quincey’s Ratcliffe Highway Murders library book. Over its pages the killer has scrawled a diary of his own crimes, providing Kildare with four suspects; novelist George Gissing, philosopher Karl Marx, music hall favourite Dan Leno (Douglas Booth) and playwright John Cree (Sam Reid), whose music hall star wife Elizabeth (Olivia Cooke) had just been imprisoned for his poisoning.

Convinced of her innocence, Kildare visits Elizabeth in her prison cell to get her help in uncovering the Golem. Told through a series of flashbacks depicting Elizabeth’s climb from poverty-stricken and abused child to famous music hall performer,
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Marxism in Hollywood

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Another day, another denunciation. It's hard to know what the SAG Hollywood leadership is thinking. They’ve deployed robocalls, trade ads, emails, and more, in a misguided effort to defeat the AFTRA deal. Success is unlikely, but in any case, the result will probably be continued labor paralysis, not progress. After all, AFTRA is not going to strike, nor negotiate jointly with SAG, no matter what the outcome of the ratification vote.

For its part, SAG’s also unlikely to strike, since a 75% affirmative vote is required for strike authorization. What's more, we're nowhere near a strike, since the balloting process would apparently take three weeks, and hasn't even been initiated. The guild’s own New York, Chicago and San Francisco branches won’t support a strike – and have criticized the anti-aftra strategy – and even SAG’s allies at the WGA have been largely silent.

Meanwhile, the guild’s negotiations
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