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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works

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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works
Amy Winehouse’s family has signed a deal to executive produce a biopic about the late singer, who died in 2011, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward will produce the film, while “Kinky Boots” writer Geoff Deane will write the screenplay and executive produce. Production is set to start in 2019.

Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse. Representatives for Winehouse’s family have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said in a statement that the family had been repeatedly approached about the rights but never felt the “time was right.”

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent,” he said. “And we know through
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China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million

China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million
Hong Kong crime thriller, “Project Gutenberg” held its lead to win a second weekend at the Chinese box office. However, overall numbers remain weak and Hollywood is on the sidelines.

Starring Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun-fat, “Gutenberg” earned $20.6 million in its third weekend of release, according to data from Ent Group. That was down 45% on its previous winning weekend, and lifted its score to $135 million after 15 days of release.

Drama, “Lost, Found” improved on its opening weekend and climbed one place to second position. It earned $7.97 million and has a cumulative of $22.0 million after 10 days in theaters.

Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow” incurred a 54% decline and slipped to third place. After 15 days of distribution it has accumulated $80.1 million.

Newly-released Indian comedy drama “Hichki” (aka “Hiccup”) earned $4.20 million for fourth place. Starring Rani Mukherji as a woman with Tourette’s Syndrome, the film was released in India and diaspora territories in March this year.
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'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row

'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row
It wasn't quite as close as we thought it might be at the top of the box office, but last weekend's top two films definitely disappoint. Sony's Venom held on even better than expected, delivering a second weekend at #1 while Warner Bros.'s A Star is Born continued to shine. As for the weekend's three new wide releases, Universal's First Man led the way, narrowly edging out Sony's Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween for third place on the weekend chart while Fox's Bad Times at the El Royale fell outside the top five. With an estimated $35.7 million, Sony's Venom dropped just 55% in its second weekend as the film's domestic cume now totals $143 million after just ten days in release. Heading into the weekend a drop of 60%+ seemed most likely considering historical precedence, but the film continues to outperform expectations, holding on similarly to Logan, which dipped just 56.9% in its second weekend.
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‘Beautiful Boy’ Has Best-Ever Opening for Amazon Distribution, While Netflix Tests the Waters

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has Best-Ever Opening for Amazon Distribution, While Netflix Tests the Waters
Beautiful Boy” did well in its initial four theaters. A heavy drug-addiction drama based on a pair of father-son memoirs is a breakout for Amazon, which has been trying to gain traction as a film distributor. Three significant Netflix films also made limited theatrical debuts this weekend: “22 July,” “The Kindergarten Teacher,” and “Apostle.” Grosses are largely hidden, per the usual Netflix affront to transparency, but we have a small indication of their draw.

The biggest-ticket Netflix item is “22 July” from Paul Greengrass, a retelling of a recent horrific massacre by a Norwegian right-wing youth. Greengrass has had a string of well-regarded studio films including two “Bourne” episodes, “United 93,” and “Captain Phillips,” and he is one of the highest-profile directors to go the Netflix route.

It had the top playoff of the three titles; one ticket-selling site lists 29 locations, including Landmark and some other independent theaters. The reserved-ticket presale site
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‘Venom’ Grabs $69 Million From International Markets

‘Venom’ Grabs $69 Million From International Markets
Tom Hardy’s “Venom” remained a potent player internationally in its second weekend, grabbing $69.7 million with first-place finishes in 54 markets at 20,100 screens.

Sony’s superhero saga has now taken in $235.3 million in a dozen days from overseas markets and is tracking 32% ahead of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and 12% ahead of “Doctor Strange” for the same group of markets at the same point in release. It’s also won the domestic box office twice for a worldwide total of $378.1 million.

France was the top market for “Venom” as it launched in first with $6.7 million (including previews), topping the openings of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Wonder Woman.” Vietnam also generated a first-place opening with $3 million for “Venom,” as did Thailand with $2.2 million.

Russia led the way among holdover markets with $5.5 million, followed by Brazil with $4.7 million, Mexico with $4.5 million, South Korea with $4.4 million, Australia with $2.8 million, and Germany with $2.6 million. “Venom
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Exclusive: ‘The Equalizer 2’ Blu-ray Will Include 11 Deleted Scenes and “Retribution Mode”

Today, we’re pleased to debut the special features and release date for the upcoming Blu-ray of The Equalizer 2. For those that didn’t see Antoine Fuqua’s sequel, the film brings back Denzel Washington as former CIA agent Robert McCall, who goes on a mission of vengeance after one of his best friends is killed. It’s a brutal but fun movie, the kind of film I’d be fine getting every few years or so as long as Washington was in the lead role. The Equalizer 2 hits digital on November 13th and arrives on 4K, …
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Viggo Mortensen to make directorial debut with 'Falling'

HanWay is launching iternational sales at the Afm.

Viggo Mortensen will make his directorial debut with the father-son drama Falling. HanWay Films has international rights to the project that it will launch at the American Film Market (Afm) later this month.

The actor has also written the script and will star in the film about a man who lives with his male partner and their adopted daughter in Southern California. The arrival of his partner’s father, to be played by Lance Henriksen, brings a collision between two different worlds.

Falling is being produced by Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films with Mortensen.
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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” which captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s hair-raising ascent of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation, led the nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, it was revealed Monday. The film netted six nominations including best documentary and best director.

Close behind with five mentions each were “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country,” from Hulu and Netflix respectively.

Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics and Television Journalists Assns., the awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The nominees are:

Best Documentary

“Crime + Punishment” – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)

Dark Money” – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

“Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)

“Hal” – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope)

“Hitler’s Hollywood” – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland
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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Plans Its Own Crossover During “Elseworlds”

Though Legends of Tomorrow was not invited to this year's Arrowverse crossover, "Elseworlds," that hasn't stopped the show from coming up with its own Crossover Week plans. While Legends has become the best of the Arrowverse series, they do have an exceptionally large cast that can unintentionally take over a crossover (though they were pivotal in both "Invasion!" and especially "Crisis on Earth X"). Not that that's a bad thing necessarily, but since The CW is looking to launch a new character in Batwoman (played by Ruby Rose), who will have her own series next year, that …
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‘Jonathan’ Trailer: Ansel Elgort Plays “Siblings” Trapped In The Same Body In This Mind-Bending Thriller

Sibling rivalry is a real thing. Since the dawn of man, there has always been this innate drive to somehow do better than your sibling. But in the new film “Jonathan,” the question is presented — what do you do when your sibling is inside your own body?

As you can probably tell from that premise and the new trailer, “Jonathan,” starring Ansel Elgort as the titular character, is a bit of a complicated film.

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Amazon Prime’s Prime Video Direct Unveils New Titles from Latin America (Exclusive)

Prime Video Direct (Pvd), Amazon Prime’s self-service program for studios, distributors, and content creators, has unveiled more than two dozen titles picked up from the 2018 Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival (Ficg) where it launched its Film Festival Stars program (Ffs) in the Latino market for the first time.

Introduced at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the Ffs program offers cash bonuses and royalties to festival films seeking to self-distribute on Amazon Prime.

Prime Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program addresses the fact that few festival films ever manage to secure full service distribution deals. The program gives them an opportunity to reach a broader premium audience.

Starting Monday Oct. 15, these 27 titles will be available on Prime Video in Mexico, including Ficg Jury Prize winner for Ibero-American Narrative Feature, Spanish dramedy “Vivir y Otras Ficciones” (“Living and other Fictions”) and Ficg Jury Prize Ibero-American doc winner, “El Espanto” (“The Dread”) from Argentina.
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Viggo Mortensen to Star, Make Directorial Debut in Family Drama ‘Falling’

Viggo Mortensen to Star, Make Directorial Debut in Family Drama ‘Falling’
Viggo Mortensen will write, produce, star, and make his directorial debut in “Falling,” a story of a son’s relationship with his aging father.

Mortensen wrote the screenplay and will play one of the two leading roles. The cast also includes Lance Henriksen and Sverrir Gudnason (“The Girl in the Spider’s Web”). HanWay Films will handle international distribution, and will commence sales at the American Film Market, which opens on Oct. 31. UTA Independent Film Group will oversee the U.S. sale.

“Falling” is produced by Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films together with Mortensen, who previously produced “Everyone Has a Plan,” “Far From Men,” and “Jauja” through Perceval Pictures.

Mortensen will portray a man who lives with his male partner and their adopted daughter in Southern California. Henriksen will play a farmer whose attitudes and behavior belong to a far more traditional era and family model. When the father travels
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Oscar Isaac Responds to ‘Life Itself’ Backlash: ‘It’s Some of the Better Work That I’ve Done’

Oscar Isaac Responds to ‘Life Itself’ Backlash: ‘It’s Some of the Better Work That I’ve Done’
Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut “Life Itself” faced a tough crowd from the moment it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to a barrage of negative reviews, which followed the movie into its release a few weeks later. The ensemble drama from the creator of “This Is Us” hit another speed bump after Fogelman attributed the pans to “white male critics who don’t like anything that has emotion” even though several women reviewed the film. (Fogelman backtracked on that argument in another interview.)

However, Fogelman’s movie has left at least one of its main actors content with the end result: Oscar Isaac, who plays the oft-suffering male protagonist reeling from the loss of his wife (Olivia Wilde), said in an interview that the backlash to the movie caught him off-guard.

“I was surprised that there seemed to be a full-on critical narrative to it,” he said, speaking
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Robert De Niro: Politicians Supporting Donald Trump Are ‘Making a Deal With the Devil’

Robert De Niro: Politicians Supporting Donald Trump Are ‘Making a Deal With the Devil’
Robert De Niro was back to bashing Donald Trump during his appearance as the inaugural guest on ABC’s “The Alec Baldwin Show.” The actor has been an outspoken critic of the president and used his time speaking with Baldwin to detest Trump’s political supporters like Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell and South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham.

“Many of these people who are tied to Trump are going to be tainted for the rest of their lives,” De Niro said. “They think they want to be with him and it’s going to make them something, but they are paying such a price making a deal with the devil — it’s scary.”

McConnell and Graham have backed Trump’s political agenda as president despite originally not being in favor of his nomination. De Niro said that while Trump’s political supporters might not be willing to see the kind of guy Trump really is underneath,
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Original ‘Aladdin’ Screenwriter Isn’t Happy About Lack of Compensation for Live-Action Remake

Last week, the first teaser for Disney’s live-action remake of their contemporary classic Aladdin arrived with middling reactions. With the exception of a few key establishing shots of the city of Agrabah and the Cave of Wonders, as well as the first glimpse at Mena Massoud as Aladdin reaching for the genie’s lamp, the teaser […]

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Report: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Richard Madden Front-Runner To Replace Daniel Craig As James Bond

Barbara Broccoli and the other producers of the James Bond franchise have yet to even begin production on Daniel Craig’s swansong ‘Bond 25,’ but according to new rumors, the next actor to take the role of 007 has already been decided.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden is next in line to replace Daniel Craig and inherit the role of superspy James Bond after the upcoming ‘Bond 25.’ The report says Madden is at the top of Broccoli’s list and she’s expected to offer the role in the coming days.

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‘Derren Brown: Sacrifice’ Trailer: Getting Someone to Take a Bullet for a Stranger Is Latest Experiment from British Illusionist

‘Derren Brown: Sacrifice’ Trailer: Getting Someone to Take a Bullet for a Stranger Is Latest Experiment from British Illusionist
After “The Push” brought his specific audience-of-one psychological illusions to the States earlier this year, Derren Brown is back with another very targeted Netflix experiment.

“Derren Brown: Sacrifice” tracks the possible evolution of Phil, who claims he’s not racist but still believes the U.S. has “an immigration problem.” With Phil’s biases in mind, Brown and his team have built a scenario in which Phil could theoretically decide to risk his life to save an undocumented immigrant.

It’s an elaborate setup reminiscent of “The Push,” where a similar amount of effort went into trying to convince one man that pushing one man to his death would be in the best interest of a number of other people. This time, Phil was chosen from a number of unsuspecting applicants who were not aware they’d be signing up for something this extreme and hyperspecialized.

In the lead-up to Phil’s fateful yes-or-no decision,
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Jack Bannon Set as Hot Alfred in Epix Prequel Series ‘Pennyworth’

First came Hot Archie. Then Hot Dumbledore. And now, it’s official: Hot Alfred is on his way. The cable network Epix announced today that the very good-looking actor Jack Bannon has landed the lead role in the Batman prequel series Pennyworth, which revolves around the goings on of Bruce Wayne’s titular butler before he began looking after young Bruce. This casting confirms this isn’t your typical older, salt-and-pepper-haired Alfred Pennyworth. Instead, this Alfred is young—in his 20s—and doing work of a different kind. Based on DC characters created by Bob Kane
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Drew Goddard on ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ and How He Came to That Ending

It’s been too long since the last Drew Goddard movie. Although Goddard has been attached to a host of projects, his first directorial effort was 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. Thankfully, after six long years, he has returned to the director’s chair with Bad Times at the El Royale. The film opened last Friday and focuses on seven strangers in 1969 who come to the El Royale hotel, which is on the border of Nevada and California. As the night wears on, secrets are revealed, and almost no one is who they seem to be. Earlier …
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Photos: ‘The Mandalorian’ Props Take Inspiration From Strange ‘Star Wars’ History

Photos: ‘The Mandalorian’ Props Take Inspiration From Strange ‘Star Wars’ History
New The Mandalorian photos recently released by executive producer Jon Favreau are going to send Star Wars fans deep into the Wookiepedia archives. The first Star Wars live-action streaming series is set to explore the galaxy in the time period between the fall of the Empire and the emergence of the First Order, but it will do so by […]

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