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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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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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‘Counterpart’ Season 2 Trailer Heralds the Return of Starz’s Excellent Sci-Fi Spy Series

One of 2018's best series is returning ... in 2018! At a time when some of the most-watched and celebrated cable and premium series are making us wait over a year or two between seasons, Starz is giving us more Counterpart before the year is even out. That's great news, too, since the enthralling series has truly been a standout drama in a crowded TV landscape. For those who haven't caught up yet, Counterpart stars J.K. Simmons in dual roles, and takes place in a world that split …
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Bryan Singer Denies Allegations Soon To Be Published In A “Reckless” & “Irresponsible” Esquire Article

Bryan Singer is about to become the subject of an “irresponsible” and “reckless” article. That is, according to Bryan Singer. In an example of trying to get in front of a story, the controversial director, who is the subject of various sexual assault accusations, posted a message on social media to discredit an article that has yet to be released.

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In an Instagram post, Singer says, “I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me.

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The ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ 4K Is a Case of Completionism Versus Patience

Are you a Marvel completionist? That’s the question to consider when you look at purchasing Ant-Man and the Wasp on 4K. I can break down the visuals, but that’s not the most interesting question when it comes to something you know is going to be put into a box set down the line. The question is whether you should go out and get Ant-Man and the Wasp right now, or if you should wait for the inevitable Phase 3 box set. …
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‘Arrow’ Showrunner on Season 7, Prison Fight Scenes, and Oliver Queen’s Redemption

On the Season 7 premiere of The CW series Arrow, entitled “Inmate #4587,” it’s been five months since Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) shocking decision to turn himself over to the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, and life in Slabside Maximum Security Prison has not been easy for him. At the same time, Diggle (David Ramsey), Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) have left their superhero costumes behind and taken on new jobs, while Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and William (Jack Moore) try to start over with new lives, as they adjust …
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Universal Reacts to Underwhelming ‘First Man’ Box Office With Optimism: ‘This Is Very Much a Marathon, Not a Sprint’

Universal Reacts to Underwhelming ‘First Man’ Box Office With Optimism: ‘This Is Very Much a Marathon, Not a Sprint’
Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” opened in theaters nationwide October 12 with strong reviews (the film boasts an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes from over 250 reviews) and even stronger Oscar buzz, but the Neil Armstrong space drama didn’t exactly set the box office on fire. The film, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, earned $16.5 million over its first three days, below projections the title would hit or surpass the $20 million mark. Despite the slow start, Universal is remaining optimistic about the film’s financial future.

“As we’ve seen in this release corridor, quality films like ‘First Man’ — Certified Fresh at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes — have strong playability and will have tremendous legs at the box office,” Universal distribution president Jim Orr told Variety in reaction to the film’s debut. “This weekend’s results are a just a starting point. Quality adult dramas released in this time period produce very healthy multiples.
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‘Haunting of Hill House’ Creator Reveals a Much Darker Alternate Ending

Spoilers for The Haunting of Hill House follow below. Netflix released the 10-episode horror series The Haunting of Hill House last Friday, but plenty of folks have already come to the end of this spooky, surprisingly emotional story. The show is based on the iconic Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, but creator, writer, and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) put his own stamp on the material, expanding the story of a haunted house into a sprawling family drama. The result is a rich, moving, and yes incredibly scary viewing experience, and while the show ultimately ends with a …
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Review: Netflix’s Lavish Teen Horror Show Is an Empowering Update (Spoiler-Free)

Dark and gritty remakes are the plat du jour of TV’s golden age, especially when drawing from comic books. However, Sabrina Spellman’s story earns the imposing shadows and prodigious screams that color her new Netflix series, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” Ditching the bright and cheery tone established in Archie Comics’ original incantation and continued in the 1996 sitcom, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” it leans hard into the “witch” affiliations even without the word in its title. While still a teen story at heart — and one built for the masses — Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s take is laden with demons, trolls, warlocks, and more, all of which growl with enough menace to evoke a steady stream of shrieks.

What’s even more welcome than effective frights is how eager “Chilling Adventures” is to embrace the genre’s inclusive, progressive spirit. The teens of Greendale High like dissecting the allegories within zombie movies
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The Russo Brothers Wrap ‘Avengers 4’ Filming With a Cryptic Image of…Something

The Russo brothers’ trolling campaign with Avengers 4 continues as the directing duo has whipped fans into a frenzy with another super-cryptic image to celebrate the end of production. But honestly, there’s no better way for Avengers 4 to wrap filming: with an image that we can dissect and overanalyze for the next seven months. At least […]

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How ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ Nearly Ended the Franchise

With 11 films and counting, Halloween remains one of the most prolific and popular horror series of all time—but it was nearly upended before it even found its footing as a long-running franchise. John Carpenter’s 1978 horror film Halloween was a monster hit, becoming one of the most profitable independent films ever made with a worldwide gross of $70 million against a budget of just a few hundred thousand dollars. Given its success, a sequel was quickly greenlit, and 1981’s popular Halloween II proved that this was indeed a new, viable horror series. But for the …
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Bryan Singer rebuts as-yet-unpublished Esquire article

Director of The Usual Suspects and Bohemian Rhapsody accuses magazine of ‘rehashing false accusations’

Director Bryan Singer has rebutted an as-yet-unpublished article in Esquire magazine, accusing it of being a “rehash [of] false accusations”.

In a post on Instagram, Singer – director of The Usual Suspects, X-Men, and Superman Returns – wrote: “I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me … what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”
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Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Vintage typewriters and forged letters might seem like unusual decor for New York’s Sva Theatre, but there could be no better tribute to Lee Israel, the subject of the new Melissa McCarthy-led biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which premiered there on Sunday. Israel was a biographer of celebrated women who turned to forging and selling letters from her literary heroes when her own career hit a standstill.

“The city is full of people that we often don’t bother to look at who have had incredibly interesting lives,” producer Anne Carey told Variety on the red carpet. “Lee’s invisibility is part of what made her able to accomplish what she did, and I think that’s the thing — you never know who you’re walking by in the street.”

The FBI eventually caught on to Israel’s scheme, but not before she had already sold about 400 fake letters.
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Bryan Singer Defends Himself Against Upcoming Esquire Article on Sex Abuse Allegations: ‘It’s Fictional and Irresponsible’

Bryan Singer Defends Himself Against Upcoming Esquire Article on Sex Abuse Allegations: ‘It’s Fictional and Irresponsible’
Bryan Singer has issued a statement on his Instagram page defending himself against an upcoming exposé he says is set to be published by Esquire magazine. The “X-Men” director claims the article is set to “rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits,” which suggests the article will investigate the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Singer.

“I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me,” Singer wrote in the statement. “They have contacted my friends, colleagues, and people I don’t even know. In today’s’ climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”

Singer continued by alleging Esquire will “misuse quotes from ‘sources’ that will claim to have ‘intimate’ knowledge of my personal life.” The director also called into question
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Review: A Fun But Frustrating Halloween Treat

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Review: A Fun But Frustrating Halloween Treat
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes a horror movie approach to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, crafting a dark and violent series. Loaded with great production design, and blessed with several strong performances, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina none the less succumbs to exhausting exposition, and uneven storytelling. It might still cast a spell over you, though. No laugh track, […]

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‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Review: Netflix’s New Series Is Scary Good

There is no trick to the treat that is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix’s adaptation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s comic of the same name. The updated story is a far cry from the days of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and yet, it encompasses many of the same themes of the original Archie comics and other iterations. It’s just that this time, the story is wrapped up in a moody, dark, funny, and stylishly atmospheric package that could be not be a better herald of fall and the Halloween season. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan …
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Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’

Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’
Mubina Rattonsey’s recently launched Zero Gravity has secured $100 million in financing to develop and produce film and television content, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first movie on the slate will be the ghost story “Wraith” from director Armaan Zorace (“God Is Dead”). The producers are Rattonsey, alongside Rohini Singh and Manmeet Singh of Maurya Entertainment.

Wraith” focuses on a married couple that heads to a new town, only to find an evil presence that surrounds them — requiring them to fight forces from other dimensions to survive. The film will be shot in a yet-to-be announced Islamic nation in documented haunted houses to capture Muslim exorcisms. The producers are developing camera technology specifically for the project, and plan to focus on sound.

“I consider sound to be 50% of the movie-going experience and ‘Wraith’ will feature a special binaural 3D sound which will transport the audience directly into the world of
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