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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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'A Star Is Born' posts sensational hold to move top of UK box office

Film drops 0% to move above Venom and Johnny English Strikes Again.

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A Star Is Born posted a sensational second weekend hold, repeating its £3.1m opening with a 0% drop. Including midweek takings and previews, the film has moved to £9.6m.

While the film has been boosted by strong word-of-mouth and critical reaction, one further explanation for that result is that the UK’s third biggest multiplex chain, Vue Cinemas, didn’t play the film in its opening weekend due to a disagreement over bookings terms. However, that dispute was resolved at the end of last week,
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The Morning Watch: ‘Big Mouth’ First Season Recap, ‘First Man’ Anatomy of a Scene & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, the voice cast of the Netflix animated series […]

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IMAX Taps Megan Colligan as Entertainment President, Greg Foster Departing

IMAX Taps Megan Colligan as Entertainment President, Greg Foster Departing
Megan Colligan, the former marketing and distribution chief at Paramount Pictures, has been tapped as president of IMAX Entertainment and vice president of IMAX Corporation.

It’s a changing of the guard at the highest levels of an exhibition giant that has become a major force in popcorn movies. Colligan replaces Greg Foster, who has served as IMAX’s ambassador to Hollywood for the past 18 years. Foster will depart the wide screen company, where he served as CEO of IMAX Entertainment, at the end of 2018. At IMAX, Foster forged strong ties with the creative community, forming alliances with the likes of Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Joe and Anthony Russo that paid off with the directors using the company’s cameras to shoot their movies.

Colligan, like Foster, has strong relationships with filmmakers and is well known in the movie business for her work overseeing Paramount’s marketing campaigns for
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Peccadillo takes UK rights to correction facility film 'Consequences' (exclusive)

The film is Darko Štante’s feature debut.

Peccadillo Pictures has picked up UK and Ireland rights for Consequences, the debut feature from Slovenian-born writer-director Darko Štante.

The Slovenian film will have a limited theatrical run, followed by a home entertainment and VOD release in 2019.

It premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September, and will make its UK bow on Wednesday October 17 in the ‘Dare’ strand at the BFI London Film Festival.

Set in a correction facility for troubled youths, Štante’s film follows 17-year old Andrej (Matej Zemljič), who is exploited by fellow inmate Z
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Berlinale drama 'Styx' gets UK deal with new outfit 606 Distribution (exclusive)

Berlinale drama 'Styx' gets UK deal with new outfit 606 Distribution (exclusive)
Styx is on the final shortlist for this year’s Lux prize.

Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx, the drama that won several prizes when it premiered at the Berlinale earlier this year, has been picked up for UK and Ireland distribution by recently-launched outfit 606 Distribution.

The Cornwall-based company has been set up by Pat Kelman, a filmmaker and actor, and acquisition and legal exec David Maddison.

It also has UK rights for the 2017 Venice premiere Hannah, starring Charlotte Rampling, and Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj’s ballet film Polina.

Styx premiered in Berlin’s Panorama section, where it won a
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Disney Offers Concessions to Secure E.U. Approval For Fox Deal

The Walt Disney Company has offered antitrust concessions to try and help secure E.U. approval for its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. The move was announced Monday by the European Commission, which is reviewing competition concerns over the merger, with Disney having submitted the proposal Friday. Details of the concessions offered have not been revealed.

The European regulator has also extended its deadline for reviewing the merger from Oct. 19 to Nov. 11. The Commission is expected to consult with customers and media competitors before deciding whether to accept the concessions offered.

Disney received approval of the acquisition from the U.S. Justice Department in June after agreeing to sell off Fox’s 22 regional sports networks. Disney and Fox shareholders voted to approve the buyout on July 27.

Peter Rice, president of 21stCentury Fox, told employees at a town hall meeting last week that the mega-deal with Disney was
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Appeals Court Reverses Stage Money Counterfeiting Conviction in Hong Kong

Appeals Court Reverses Stage Money Counterfeiting Conviction in Hong Kong
The film props master who was earlier found guilty of possessing counterfeit money by owning dummy banknotes used in Hong Kong film “Trivisa” had his name cleared on Monday. A High Court ruled that he was improperly convicted.

In an appeal, the court ruled in favor of Cheung Wai-chuen, owner of a well-known film properties company who was sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence in May. Law Yun-lam, a logistics firm employee, received the same sentence.

In 2016, when crime thriller “Trivisa” was released, Cheung was said to have loaned 9,996 bogus Hk$1,000 banknotes to Law for a prank. The police found the banknotes in Law’s car and 223,000 more banknotes at Cheung’s warehouse. Although the banknotes were labelled as movie props, the pair were found guilty.

The appeals judge said that the original district court judge did not inspect each and every single fake banknote before deciding that the props
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Mipcom: Viacom’s Pierluigi Gazzolo on Latin America’s TV build, Ramping Up Originals, Producing for Third-Parties

Cannes — Few executives are better positioned to pinpoint the vast changes sweeping over Latin American TV than Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of Viacom Intl. Media Networks – Americas.

Vimn – America’s purchase of Telefe, Argentina’s highest-rating broadcast network, and then investment in Porta dos Fundos, Brazil’s second-biggest YouTube channel, have been milestones in the region’s recent entertainment business history. But in some ways, rather than a change of direction, the moves merely hastened Vimn down a road it had long been treading. In an extended interview, Gazzolo survey many of the drivers for changes, challenges and strategies Vimn is pursuing in the region. Many are felt by other companies. Few can put them into practice, however, with such scale and force.

Viacom’s purchase of Telefé and indeed Porta dos Fundos is seen as part of a transformation of the company from a distribution to a content creation company…
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China box office: 'Project Gutenberg' stays top in disappointing week

‘Shadow’ climbs one place to second.

Following a rather disappointing weeklong National Day holiday, the second week of October (Oct 8-14) remained weak as it shrunk by 65.8% week-on-week.

The National Day titles continued to dominate the chart, with no new releases in the top five. Felix Chong’s Project Gutenberg, with Chow Yun Fatt and Aaron Kwok, topped again on $36.6m.

Its 15-day total of $133.9m has made it the eighth highest grossing local film of 2018 as well as the top grossing Hong Kong cop and crime thriller, surpassing 2016’s Cold War 2. But it is only about half of that
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First Man: Ryan Gosling's abstract Apollo mission – discuss with spoilers

The biopic of Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing has Us patriots all fired up, but do Gosling and director Damien Chazelle achieve their objectives?

Damien Chazelle’s film about the iron-jawed, ice-water-in-the-veins pilot and astronaut Neil Armstrong is a rocket pointed directly at the distant planet known as Awards Season. It ought to do well there, as its thrilling set-pieces, strong performances, dramatic score and sweeping emotions achieve escape velocity from typical biopic trappings.

You’d think a movie like First Man wouldn’t have too many surprises; most people know that Apollo 11 landed on the moon and safely returned. Yet there’s a lot to rummage through in all this lunar dust. Chazelle and company make a lot of unusual choices. One of those choices got a little blown out of proportion into a quasi-controversy when “alt-right” bozos such as renowned troglodyte Dinesh D’Souza, repeated
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Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Takes Top Honors at Sitges

Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Takes Top Honors at Sitges
Barcelona— A take on physical joy and hellish pain, Gaspar Noé‘s “Climax” took best film at the 51st Sitges’ Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

Among other main awards, Panos Cosmatos (“Mandy“), Quentin Dupieux (“Keep An Eye Out”) and “Atsushi Doi” snagged director, script and FX respectively.

Produced by Germany’s Wild Bunch and Rectangle Productions,”Climax” took Cannes’ 2018 Directors’ Fortnight top unofficial prize, the Cicae Art Cinema Award. selling to a24 for the U.S., it sparked maybe the biggest consensus thumbs-up in the director’s career for its early going, chronicling a dance troupe performance. After that, as is typical with Noe, the feature sparked mixed radically mixed reactions.

Italian-Canadian filmmaker Panos Cosmatos scooped best director for his sophomore effort “Mandy,” starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, a stylized romance between two misfits involving Messianic members of a biker gang.

Sold by Xyz Films, “Mandy” is produced by Belgium’s UMedia and U.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Finally Lands a Release Date in China

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Finally Lands a Release Date in China
After weeks of speculation, “Crazy Rich Asians” has landed a release in China. The brash Asian-centric romcom hit is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 30.

Doubt over a release in the world’s second-biggest film market had dogged the Warner Bros. film, with observers wondering whether its depiction of ostentatious wealth among the ethnic Chinese super-elite in Singapore would pass muster with China’s film regulators. The Chinese government has recently tightened its control of the culture and media sectors, insisting that they uphold “core socialist values.”

But film authorities announced Monday that “Crazy Rich Asians” would get an outing in China after all. Warner Bros. is expected to confirm details on Tuesday.

The date is some three and a half months after the picture’s Aug. 15 theatrical outing in North America, and more than two months after its release in some East Asian territories. It released in Singapore, where
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Is Tom Hardy's Venom the new Greatest Showman?

Critics mostly hated the ‘poisonously dull’ superhero movie – but it’s a monstrous worldwide hit with cinema-goers

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a cinema-goer in search of a bad movie at the multiplex today must be in want of Venom. Tom Hardy’s unhinged superhero tale – based on a Spider-Man villain, but lacking even a passing reference to the now Marvel-owned web-slinger – is being showered in the viscous black goo of negative critical reviews. Chris Hewitt on The Empire Podcast declared it could set comic-book movies back 10 years and this publication’s Peter Bradshaw said it was “riddled with the poison of dullness”.

And yet, people are going to see Venom. Its global box office opening weekend of $205m has doubled its $100m production budget and the mammoth $80.3m domestic bow smashed the $55m record for an October opening previously held by Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning Gravity.
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Is this the real life? Why ‘official’ biopics skip the scandal and keep it safe

From Bohemian Rhapsody to Rocketman, can a film about an artist ever tell the truth when family and friends are involved?

If the new Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t include at least one party scene featuring dwarves with platters of cocaine on their heads, I am asking for my money back. While that might look tasteless today (even if the party in question is well documented), there is an impression that the film will seek to put a slant on Mercury’s life, since it is co-produced by his Queen bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor.

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Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies

Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies
It might sound contradictory, but perhaps the greatest testament to Jane Fonda’s six-decade career is how many people are unfamiliar with every facet of it. Not everyone who grew up with Fonda as the face of 1980s workout culture is immediately aware of the ambitious artistic extremes of her screen acting career; younger viewers getting to know her through her breezy, Emmy-nominated work in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” may not all be aware of her serious Hollywood history of political and feminist activism. Fonda’s name means different things to different people, though one hopes her most enduring reputation — and certainly the one netting her a career Golden Lion at Venice last year and now a Lumière Award — will be as one of Hollywood’s strongest, most spikily intelligent leading ladies: gifted at her craft, yes, but an actor who also brought her progressive personal politics to bear in her work,
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HFPA to Partner with Lumière Festival on Lumière Brothers’ Films Restoration

Lyon, France — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is partnering with the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon to help restore 300 short films by brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière. In collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna and the Lumière Foundation, the donation will fund the second phase of restoration.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has long been a supporter of film restoration with the goal of preserving the rich history of the world’s cinematic heritage,” said HFPA president Meher Tatna. “We’re proud to partner with the Lumière Foundation in Lyon, one of the world’s premiere showcases of classic and restored films.”

The Institut Lumière said the collaboration represented a renewed commitment to the preservation of film threatened by decay and deterioration.

“Our organizations share similar missions,” said Institut Lumière director Thierry Frémaux. “They’re to preserve the culture and history of motion pictures, foster cultural exchanges and understandings through
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