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'Halloween' Looks to Scare Up $70M Opening, Helping October 2018 Maintain a Record Pace

'Halloween' Looks to Scare Up $70M Opening, Helping October 2018 Maintain a Record Pace
As of yesterday, October is pacing a massive +42.3% ahead of October 2017. In fact, October 2018 is narrowly outpacing October 2014, the largest October on record, and this weekend should help increase that lead. Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween is poised to deliver what will now be the second largest October opening ever behind Venom, which broke the record only a couple weeks ago. The weekend also sees the nationwide expansion of Fox's The Hate U Give, which is expected to deliver in the mid-to-high single digit millions, but could break out a bit higher after a strong showing in limited release. October 2018 is going big when it comes to new releases and after this weekend the month will feature three of the top ten October releases of all-time after Venom's chart-topping, $80.2 million debut and A Star is Born's $42.9 million opening on the same weekend. Added to the list will be this
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Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations
First Reformed,” a drama about a priest who questions his faith played by Ethan Hawke, scored the most nominations for the 2018 Gotham Awards, the annual ceremony in New York honoring independent film.

The movie, written and directed by Paul Schrader, landed in three categories: best feature, best actor (for Hawke) and best screenplay.

The Favourite,” Fox Searchlight’s comedy set in the 18th century court of Queen Anne, picked up two nominations for best feature and best screenplay. It will also be awarded a special jury prize for its cast of Olivia Colman (considered an Oscars favorite for playing the monarch), Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

The Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Film Project, are decided by small committees of journalists and film critics. Nevertheless, on the mad dash to the Oscars, the ceremony has become the Iowa caucus of awards season because of its early date. Last year,
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Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James Drama ‘All These Small Moments’ Acquired by Orion Classics

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Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James Drama ‘All These Small Moments’ Acquired by Orion Classics
Orion Classics has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to Melissa Miller Costanzo’s drama “All These Small Moments,” the distributor announced Thursday.

The drama stars Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James, Brendan Meyer, Sam McCarthy, Harley Quinn Smith and Jemima Kirke. “All These Small Moments” is Miller Costanzo’s directorial debut, and she also wrote the screenplay for the film, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Orion Classics will release “All These Small Moments” on January 17 and on VOD and Digital HD on January 18.

In the film, a teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus further complicates his teenage years.

“As a stalwart supporter of some of the most memorable films in our collective lexicon, and a champion for thought provoking, character driven films,
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Jeff Nichols on the Midwestern Biker Movie He Dreams of Making

Jeff Nichols on the Midwestern Biker Movie He Dreams of Making
For over five years, Jeff Nichols has been talking about trying his hand at a biker movie. The writer-director behind Mud and Take Shelter has yet to write a script, but he knows the story is set in the 1960s and is dead set on making the movie one day. The filmmaker, who is currently working the Alien Nation remake […]

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Tom Hooper's Cats film to be gender flipped as Judi Dench joins cast

Dench is to play elderly mog Deuteronomy, a role traditionally played by a man, in adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical

Having already herded Taylor Swift, James Cordon, Jennifer Hudson and Ian McKellen, director Tom Hooper has added two new arrivals to the Cats litter.

On Wednesday it was announced that Idris Elba is to join the cast of his movie version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical as Macavity, the villain of the piece. On Friday, Judi Dench was also added, playing Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader who is kidnapped by Macavity.
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Keshet Intl. Looks for Next ‘Homeland’ With $65 Million Fund

Keshet Intl. CEO Alon Shtruzman discussed the company’s recently launched $65 million fund at a keynote speech in Rome on Thursday, as the company looks to ramp up its production of films and high-end dramas that could be the next “Homeland.”

Appearing onstage during the Mia Market with Lorenzo De Maio, head of TV sales and advisory group at Endeavor Content, the Ki topper described the company’s latest move as one born out of necessity.

“We saw shows like ‘Homeland’…that we created making so much money for everyone but us,” he said. “We felt we had no choice, and we needed to take control of our destiny.”

Ki, which is the international arm of Israeli broadcaster Keshet, has U.K. and U.S. outposts, as well as bases in Asia and Latin America, along with digital studios and film divisions. Keshet was behind scripted series like “Prisoners of War,
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Javier Bardem condemns 'public lynching' of Woody Allen

The Spanish actor has spoken in defence of the director, calling him a ‘genius’ with whom he’d work again immediately

Javier Bardem has spoken out in support of Woody Allen, who directed him and his wife Penélope Cruz in the 2008 comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Bardem’s comments emerged from a masterclass at the Lumiere festival in Lyon, France. The Spanish actor, who also appeared in the 007 film Skyfall and won an Oscar for best supporting actor for the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, said he would be happy to work for Allen again.
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European Film Directory Presented by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Lyon, France — As part of its efforts to improve the distribution and cross-border consumption of European film, the European Commission on Thursday unveiled its new directory of European films.

Presenting the project at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, said the directory was the first concrete step of a collaborative project between the European Commission and filmmakers, producers, festival heads and other stakeholders.

Funded by the European Union’s Media Program and launched with the assistance of the European Audiovisual Observatory, the new directory will help professionals and non-professionals alike find information about European films and their availability online on video-on-demand services throughout the European Union.

Gabriel stressed that the directory was particularly vital now in the face of changing media consumption and the increasing dominance of streaming services. Making the distribution of European works a priority will create value beyond content,
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Rome Mia: Cinephil Takes ‘The Rossellinis’ Doc On Film Icon’s Uneasy Family Legacy (Exclusive)

Rome Mia: Cinephil Takes ‘The Rossellinis’ Doc On Film Icon’s Uneasy Family Legacy (Exclusive)
Tel Aviv-based sales agent Cinephil has taken international sales rights to high-concept doc “The Rossellinis,” which will provide a tongue-in-cheek autobiographical look at the descendants living around the world of iconic Italian director Roberto Rossellini’s extended family and is being directed by his grandson, Alessandro Rossellini.

“The Rossellinis,” which is being pitched at Rome’s Mia market, takes its cue from the uneasy legacy that the master auteur, who first galvanized global film buffs with “Rome Open City,” left on the progeny spawned by three wives — who include Ingrid Bergman of course — during the course of a glorious, albeit uneven, cinematic career that followed. Besides Ingrid Bergman, the other two women with whom Rossellini had kids were Italian production designer Marcella De Marchis and Indian screenwriter Sonali Das Gupta.

The extended Rossellini family includes Italians, Swedes, Afro-Americans, Indians, atheists, Catholics and Muslims.

“It’s a voyage of rediscovery of my family,
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Rome’s Mia Market Opens For Business

The curtain raised on the 4th edition of Rome’s Mia Market Thursday night with an eye-popping opening ceremony, featuring a lavish, state-of-the-art, surround-sound live show dramatizing Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel while offering a glimpse of the growing market’s sky-high ambitions.

A full house packed into the Auditorium della Conciliazione, just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica, for a performance of “Universal Judgment: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel,” a $10 million high-tech spectacle produced by Marco Balich, who’s devised opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Rio, Sochi, and Turin.

With a theme composed by Sting and starring A-list Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, along with a voice performance by Susan Sarandon, the immersive show featured dancers, acrobats, 4K projections onto giant ceiling screens, and floor-shaking 9.1 surround sound.

Mia director Lucia Milazzotto opened this year’s post-Mipcom, pre-afm confab by expressing her hopes that guests
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Lost & Found review – lightweight comedy can't find a punchline

The title is as original as the humour in this portmanteau comedy set in a lost property office

A railway station lost property office in a sleepy town connects the seven interlocking and overlapping stories of this lightweight, cheaply made portmanteau comedy from Ireland. It’s written and directed by Liam O Mochain with the kind of inoffensive hot-water-bottle-laughs you wouldn’t think possible after Father Ted. Well, I say inoffensive, but one of the vignettes – about an uptight bridezilla whose sole character trait is her desperation to get married – is depressingly unfeminist.

The film begins promisingly with some deadpan comedy as gormless Daniel (played by the director) gets a job at the lost property office. His zero to minimal commitment to customer service is up there with Bernard from Black Books. Daniel crops up in the remaining stories, some of which, inevitably, work better than others. Liam Carney gives a subtle performance as Eddie,
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First look at Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan in 'Calm With Horses' (exclusive)

Nick Rowland directs Ireland-set drama; Daniel Emmerson produces for Dmc Film.

Screen can unveil the first look at Calm With Horses, Nick Rowland’s feature debut starring Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) and Barry Keoghan (The Killing Of A Sacred Deer).

Daniel Emmerson is producing the feature for Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan’s Dmc Film. Joe Murtagh has adapted the screenplay from a novella in the collection of award-winning short stories Young Skins by Irish writer Colin Barrett.

Set in rural Ireland, the film follows ex-boxer Arm (Jarvis) who has become the feared enforcer of the drug-dealing Devers family while
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Netflix, Bambu Roll on Gabriela Tagliavini’s ‘A pesar de todo’

Netflix has gone into production on its latest original movie in Spain, ‘A pesar de todo,’ staring Blanza Suárez, Macarena García, Amaia Salamanca and Belén Cuesta.

Directed by Argentine-born Gabriela Tagliavini the comedy returns Netflix to women character-driven narratives of other productions such as “The Cable Girls,” and links it once more to one of the Spanish production houses which arguably has best explored a woman’s world, Ramón Campos and Teresa Fernández-Valdés’s Bambu Producciones. the producers of “The Cable Girls, “Velvet” and “Velvet Collection.”

The four actresses play sisters embroiled in a mystery case sparked by the last wish of their dead mother. Before dying, the mother (Marisa Paredes) makes a video for each of her daughters which contain a series of revelations about a family secret which will turn their world upside down and set them off on a common journey which will help them rediscover each other and themselves.
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Is 9 to 5 really a feminist movie?

The BFI says it is, but the claim doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny. And from Thelma & Louise to The First Wives Club, it’s not the only film that pulls its feminist punches

Never let it be said that the British Film Institute doesn’t have a sense of humour. A three-month-long comedy season starts at BFI Southbank on Monday and runs until the end of January, showcasing everything from spoofs to screwball, sitcoms to slapstick. And the BFI has got the season off to a hilarious start by playing a practical joke on its audience: it has given the 1980 workplace farce 9 to 5 an extended run, proclaiming it “a classic feminist comedy”. You guys! You kill me.

It has to be a gag, right? Anyone who has seen 9 to 5 will know that the film bears the same relationship to feminism that Jurassic Park does to palaeontology. It stars Jane Fonda,
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Film Review: ‘Big Kill’

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear — specifically, the mid-1950s to the late ’60s — when Paramount and Warner Bros. relied on producers such as A.C. Lyles and Hal Wallis, and directors like Henry Hathaway, Gordon Douglas, and Burt Kennedy, to maintain a steady flow of workmanlike Westerns for consumption by diehard horse opera fans at theaters and drive-ins everywhere. That’s the invitation extended by writer-director-star Scott Martin’s “Big Kill,” one of the precious few Westerns of recent years that one can easily imagine as a decades-ago vehicle for John Wayne, Dean Martin, James Stewart, and their contemporaries with only minor tweaking of the script.

Yes, it clocks in at a leisurely 127 minutes, but that makes it only four minutes longer than John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) — just one of the obvious influences on Martin’s scenario about an upright tenderfoot
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Film Review: ‘Reach’

Teens and their parents have a boatload of issues to deal with these days, and it seems like director Leif Rokesh wants to deal with all of them in “Reach.” Every character represents a superficial snapshot of modern strife in one form or another. Though its heart is in the right place when it comes to many of the boldly-portrayed sentiments, the indie melodrama plays like a hokey, weak after-school special rather than a powerful and alarming wake-up call.

Steven Turano (Garrett Clayton) is going through a rough patch on his first day as a high school senior. This year should be a cake walk, but for the perpetually withdrawn, suicidal teen, life is a torturous prison. His only potential escape route is the unopened bottle of prescription pills tucked away in his backpack. Steven is bullied sun up ’til sundown by men that include his disciplinarian detective father Steve
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Hunter Killer review – Gerard Butler's sub commander is all at sea

Butler’s naval maverick investigates simultaneous torpedo attacks on Us and Russian submarines in a long, loud game of Battleships

When we last encountered Gerard Butler, in the semi-enjoyably derivative Den of Thieves, he was rerunning Al Pacino’s old Heat moves. Tonight, Matthew, cinema’s loudest Scotsman will be impersonating The Hunt for Red October-era Alec Baldwin.

Swerving any lawsuit that might have followed from calling his character, say, Jack Bryan, Butler’s maverick sub commander has been assigned the no less no-nonsense name of Joe Glass. Joe has an intense rep. “He never went to Annapolis!” a Pentagon functionary gasps. “I heard he once punched his Co,” gossips a passing seaman. Glass is first seen tracking elk with manly bow and arrow; you’re surprised the filmmakers didn’t go the whole alpha hog and have a shirtless Butler best the poor creatures in an arm wrestle.
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Vs. review – the 8 Mile of Southend

This low-budget British film about a young white male channelling his rage into the rap battle scene has real storytelling punch

Vs is a movie about the UK rap battle scene, directed by Ed Lilly, co-written by him and Daniel Hayes. It may be a bit rough around the edges, and rough everywhere else as well, but it also has real urgency and storytelling punch, and the contests themselves are tremendously witty, inventive and exciting. If you’ve ever yearned for more literate film scripts, more intelligent verbal pyrotechnics, well … here you go. It’s about a young white rapper who has issues with his mother, and naturally it may owe something to Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile from 2003, starring Eminem, but I enjoyed this more. It is much less freighted with celebrity self-consciousness.

Adam (Connor Swindells) is a young man who was put into foster care as an infant by his teenage mum.
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Disney unveils Fox additions to senior executive suite

Disney unveils Fox additions to senior executive suite
Bob Iger says Fox labels create ’endless possibilities’.

Twenty-First Century Fox executives Emma Watts, Elizabeth Gabler, Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird, and Vanessa Morrison are joining Disney’s studio entertainment management team pending Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

As previously reported, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider will not be among the new intake and is poised to leave once the transaction goes through. It is not yet known where she will land.

Watts, the Twentieth Century Fox Film vice-president and president of production at Twentieth Century Fox, along with Fox Searchlight Pictures
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‘The Good Place’ Reinvents Itself Yet Again, Hiding Its Best Easter Eggs in the End Credits

‘The Good Place’ Reinvents Itself Yet Again, Hiding Its Best Easter Eggs in the End Credits
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Good Place” Season 2, Episode 4, “Jeremy Bearimy.”]

On Thursday’s episode, “The Good Place” reinvented itself once again and bid farewell to its previous narrative format during a Bon Voyage party for Tahani (Jameela Jamil). When Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends come upon the interdimensional door between Earth and the rest of the immortal universe, the demon Michael (Ted Danson) and his helper Janet (D’Arcy Carden) have to come clean about their experiences in The Bad Place and their rebooted chance at redemption.

Unfortunately, in doing so, they’ve doomed the four humans to being damned because now their actions would be tainted with the knowledge of an afterlife. After each of the mortals spiral out in various ways, Eleanor finally comes to the conclusion that even if she’s fated for The Bad Place, she can at least help others on Earth not meet the same fate.
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