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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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‘Transparent’ To End Upcoming Final Season With A Feature-Length Musical Episode

What do you do when the lead actor in your Emmy Award-winning TV series gets fired in between seasons? If you’re Jill Soloway, the creator and showrunner of “Transparent, and Jeffrey Tambor is fired, you end the entire series with a two-hour musical.

Read More: ‘Transparent’ Season 5 Will Be “Closure” As Creator Jill Soloway Looks “Beyond” The Show

In a new profile for the New York Times, it’s revealed that Soloway plans to continue “Transparent,” minus the lead actor, for one more season.

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Dogwoof Boards 3D Doc ‘Cunningham’ For World Sales (Exclusive)

Dogwoof has acquired world sales rights to 3D documentary “Cunningham,” the U.K.-based documentary specialist has revealed to Variety. Dogwoof, which is also set to distribute the feature in the U.K. and Ireland, will present a first-look teaser from the film to international buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

“Cunningham,” which is currently in production, tells the story of legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham. It is set to see its U.K. release through Dogwoof, as well as releases in pre-sold markets France and Germany via Sophie Dulac and Camino Films respectively, in Spring 2019 to coincide with the centenary of the choreographer’s birth.

Filming in 3D, the documentary, which is described as a “breath-taking explosion of dance and music,” is directed by Alla Kovgan and edited by Andrew Bird. It traces Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery from his early years
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Bryan Singer Strikes Out at Esquire Article on Sexual Abuse Allegations

Bryan Singer Strikes Out at Esquire Article on Sexual Abuse Allegations
Bryan Singer is hitting out preemptively at an article in Esquire magazine that he implies will revisit sexual abuse and misconduct allegations that have been leveled at the director at various points in his career. The piece has yet to appear online, but in an Instagram post, Singer suggested that it will be released in conjunction with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” his upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic.

“I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me,” Singer wrote. “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.”

Last year, Singer was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claims the director assaulted him in 2003 at a yacht party.
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Cool Stuff: Gallery 1988’s Latest Show Features Fictional Products from Movies & Television

Some movies and TV shows are so iconic that even the fake products from them become well known. That’s why Gallery 1988 put together a second edition of their Product Placement show honoring some of the most beloved fake products from film and television. For the Gallery 1988 Product Placement 2018 show, artists like Danny […]

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Netflix, BBC team on 'Dracula' series from 'Sherlock' creators

Netflix boards Sherlock creators’ BBC series.

Netflix has been brought on board as co-producer of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ upcoming BBC Dracula adaptation.

The BBC revealed today that Hartswood Films’ series, which will air next year on BBC1, is being lined up for an international tx on the SVoD giant’s platform.

The Sherlock team is aiming to “re-introduce the world to Dracula” with the 3 x 90-minute series, which sticks to the backdrop of 1897 Transylvania rather than bringing the story to the present day.

It was initially commissioned by BBC director of content Charlotte Moore and drama controller Piers Wenger,
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Theme Park Bits: Spaceship Earth Closing for Over Two Years, New Disneyland Resort Hotel Officially Canceled

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Find out about the major update that will knock Spaceship Earth out of commission for 2½ years. Disneyland Resort will not restart its new hotel project … which is awkward for Downtown Disney. Get a look at some creepy cotton candy themed to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. […]

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Park Chan-wook's 'The Little Drummer Girl' scores key international deals

Endeavor Content sells series to Canal+, Starzplay and Movistar.

Park Chan-wook’s forthcoming series adaptation of John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl has secured a raft of international deals.

Endeavor Content has sold the six-part series to Canal+ (France), Starzplay, BeTV (French Belgium), Npo (Holland), Movistar + Spain (Spain), TV4, Stod 2 (Iceland), Hot (Israel), Kan 11 (Israel second window), BBC First (Australia), Sbs (Australia second window), and Tvnz (New Zealand).

The series stars Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. Set in the late 1970s, it follows Charlie (Pugh), a young actress who strikes up a relationship with a stranger
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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 the “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises,
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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 of Fox Deal

The Walt Disney Company has offered antitrust concessions to help secure E.U. approval of 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 its proposals Friday. Details of the concessions offered were not disclosed.

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 Disney’s proposed concessions.

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 21st Century Fox, told employees at a town hall meeting last week that the mega-deal with Disney was on
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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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