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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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Beta Film strikes 'The Pier' deal with France's TF1 at Mipcom

The romantic thriller is the latest production from acclaimed Spanish showrunner-duo Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato.

Beta Film has closed its first major European territory on Spanish Svod player Movistar+’s original series The Pier, striking a deal with French broadcaster TF1 on the eve of the Mipcom in Cannes.

The romantic thriller – set in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia and against spectacular scenery of the surrounding Albufera National Park – is the latest production from acclaimed Spanish showrunner-duo Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato, best known for the hit show Money Heist ((Casa de Papel).

“After the excellent
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ITV Studios racks up pre-sales on 'The War Of The Worlds' drama

ITV Studios racks up pre-sales on 'The War Of The Worlds' drama
Edwardian England-set science fiction stars Rafe Spall and Eleanor Tomlinson.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (Itvs Ge) has unveiled a slew of pre-sales for its upcoming big-budget drama The War Of The Worlds as the Mipcom content market kicks off in Cannes.

A Mammoth Screen production for the BBC, co-produced with Creasun Media in association with Red Square, the series is based on an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ 1897 science-fiction classic by Peter Harness, whose credits include Wallander and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

Itvs Ge said it had achieved pre-sale deals covering more than 80 territories, including to France (TF1), Spain
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Streaming: where to find the best space films

From a 50s sci-fi curio to Hollywood blockbusters, there have been giant leaps in films that reach for the moon

First Man is in cinemas now, in all its crashing, whooshing, non-flag-waving glory, reminding audiences afresh that the space race has served Hollywood remarkably well over the years. Even at its most scientifically credible, there’s an eternal streak of fantasy to the business of launching human beings far beyond Earth: for most of us, the sheer unimaginability of such a mission lends even the most prosaic space-travel stories a tingle of fascination.

Damien Chazelle’s gripping moon-landing drama can stand proudly upright in the astronaut canon, but it also left me hungry to revisit The Right Stuff (1983), which I, like many critics, had long regarded as Hollywood’s crowning achievement on the subject.
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Netflix picks up Hebrew-language series 'When Heroes Fly' from Keshet International

Subtitled 10-episode series to launch globally in early 2019.

Keshet International has sold all global rights excluding the first window in Israel on Hebrew-language thriller series When Heroes Fly to Netflix.

The deal marks Keshet’s first sale of a Hebrew-language series to the global streamer. All 10 episodes of the drama will made available with subtitles to Netflix subscribers around the world in early 2019.

Produced by Spiro Films for Keshet Broadcasting, When Heroes Fly is written and created by Omri Givon, co-creator of Israeli series Hostages. Tomer Kappon and singer-songwriter Ninette Tayeb star in the story of four war veteran friends
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Korea Box Office: ‘Dark Figure of Crime’ Overcomes ‘Venom,’ ‘Star is Born’

Korea Box Office: ‘Dark Figure of Crime’ Overcomes ‘Venom,’ ‘Star is Born’
Local crime drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” jumped to top spot at the South Korean box office, toppling the previous week’s winner, “Venom.” The Showbox release earned $4.42 million from 553,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $22.0 million from 2.83 million admissions after two weekends.

Venom,” incurred a week-on-week drop of 58% and slipped to second place. The Sony release earned $3.93 million between Friday and Sunday for a two-week total of $25.4 million.

Opening on Thursday, Korean drama “Miss Baek” landed in third. The Little Big Pictures release earned $1.5 million over its opening four days. Starring Han Ji-min the drama is Lee Ji-won’s directorial debut feature. It sees the story of an ex-convict woman who meets a girl that reminds her of her own childhood. The woman decides to save the youngster from domestic violence.

Musical drama, “A Star is Born” opened on Tuesday and landed in fourth. The Warner Bors.
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Endeavor Forges New Blueprint for Biz With Diversification Push

Ari Emanuel has a knack for pouncing right before an opportunity is ripe.

The CEO of Endeavor saw an opening in the industry in 1995 when he and three others bolted from ICM to launch a talent agency rooted in television writers. He spied a big win in 2009 when 15-year-old Endeavor took over its 111-year-old rival, William Morris Agency, creating the powerhouse William Morris Endeavor (Wme).

From there, Emanuel and his core team set their sights on bigger and bolder bets that have taken Endeavor well beyond its tenpercentery roots. With investments in film and TV content, marketing, advertising, sports, fashion, live events, international sales and distribution, Endeavor has rapidly diversified during the past decade.

For leading the company from a handful of employees housed above a restaurant in Beverly Hills to a global player with nearly 7,000 employees and a valuation of $6.3 billion, Emanuel and Endeavor are the recipients of the third annual Variety Vanguard Award.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The Bridge’ Is Perfectly Acceptable Table Setting

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The Bridge’ Is Perfectly Acceptable Table Setting
This Week On “The Walking Dead

If “The Bridge” is a slight downturn from last week’s promising premiere, it’s only because it’s stuck between the shock of the show’s new status quo and the build towards the rest of the season. It exists to further flesh out the conflicts that are driving the action and to tease mysteries for later episodes, but it does both with an aplomb the show hasn’t regularly been exercising in seasons past. It has modest ambitions, but it fulfills them quite well.

Community Tension Assessment

Things could be better! While the episode opens with a sunny monologue from Rick about how everything’s hunky dory now, we know for a fact that’s not so. The episode centers around the reconstruction of a bridge, and the metaphor of the difficulties in constructing connections between the communities is not exactly subtle.
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‘Ray & Liz’ Is A Vivid Portraiture Of Family Dysfunction & Nostalgia [Fnc Review]

There is an entrenched tradition of realism in British cinema, ranging from kitchen sink films of the ’60s to the signature Steadicam shots of Alan Clarke, up through the TV films of Mike Leigh and as recent as “Hunger,” the striking debut of Oscar-winning Steve McQueen. There was surely no other approach on the table for photographer and artist Richard Billingham when conceptualizing his debut feature film, “Ray & Liz,” an autobiographical account of his childhood.

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‘Doctor Who’ Delivers a ‘Proper Awesome’ Episode That Is Pacifist, Pro-Science, and Anti-Gun

‘Doctor Who’ Delivers a ‘Proper Awesome’ Episode That Is Pacifist, Pro-Science, and Anti-Gun
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Doctor Who” Season 11, Episode 2, “The Ghost Monument.”]

“This is proper awesome,” Ryan (Tosin Cole) says upon stepping into the Tardis for the first time on Sunday’s “Doctor Who.” This sentiment sums up the thrilling, action-packed episode, making up for the lackluster debut of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor last week.

Last seen floating in space, the Doctor and her three companions are saved but somehow get caught between the final two competitors in a cutthroat race called The Rally of the 12 Galaxies. The final challenge in the rally takes place on a planet called Desolation, where the first person to survive the planet’s dangers and reach a legendary landmark called The Ghost Monument — which appears briefly for every 1,000 turns of the planet — will win a lifetime of safety. The Doctor realizes that The Ghost Monument is, in fact, her Tardis, phasing in and out of time and space from faulty engines.
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Elena Ferrante series 'My Brilliant Friend' sells to more than 50 territories

Elena Ferrante series 'My Brilliant Friend' sells to more than 50 territories
Paolo Sorrentino among executive producers on adaptation.

Fremantle has revealed a slew of international deals on My Brilliant Friend, selling the Elena Ferrante adaptation drama series to Canal+ for France, Sky Atlantic for the UK and other outlets for more than 50 territories.

Produced by Us network HBO with Italy’s Rai Fiction and TIMvision and co-producer Umedia, the Italian-language series has also been placed with Canal+ for French-speaking Africa; HBO Europe for Scandinavia, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe; Quebecor Content for French-speaking Canada; Vrt for Belgium; Cosmote TV for Greece; Ruv for Iceland; Hot for Israel; Cellcom tv for
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Elena Ferrante series 'My Brilliant Friend' sells for Fremantle

Elena Ferrante series 'My Brilliant Friend' sells for Fremantle
Paolo Sorrentino among executive producers on adaptation.

Fremantle has revealed a slew of international deals on My Brilliant Friend, selling the Elena Ferrante adaptation drama series to Canal+ for France, Sky Atlantic for the UK and other outlets for more than 50 territories.

Produced by Us network HBO with Italy’s Rai Fiction and TIMvision and co-producer Umedia, the Italian-language series has also been placed with Canal+ for French-speaking Africa; HBO Europe for Scandinavia, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe; Quebecor Content for French-speaking Canada; Vrt for Belgium; Cosmote TV for Greece; Ruv for Iceland; Hot for Israel; Cellcom tv for
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The CW Puts Diversity at the Center of Its New Fall Marketing Campaign

The CW is putting diversity front and center as part of its fall launch push. The network is set to launch “#CWOpenToAll,” a new branding campaign that highlights its strides in representation and inclusion.

The campaign will run on-air as the CW premieres its fall schedule, and will also appear on digital and social platforms, as well as via advertising buys in key print outlets, including USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Hollywood trades.

That makes the CW one of the most visible media outlets to make diversity a key part of its marketing. Brands are increasingly incorporating messages of inclusion in campaigns — most notably, Nike’s recent “Believe in Something” campaign centered on Colin Kaepernick.

As Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote last month about the Kaepernick campaign, 44 percent of millennials (between ages 22 and 37) are nonwhite, and that demo is
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Jennifer Garner and David Tennant on ‘Camping’ and Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’

From executive producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, and based on the British series of the same name that was created by Julia Davis, the HBO comedy series Camping follows the obsessively organized and controlling Kathryn (Jennifer Garner), who puts together what she thinks will be a delightful camping trip to celebrate her husband Walt’s (David Tennant) 45th birthday. Pretty quickly after arriving, this group’s bonds become tested, and the heightened emotions and tension that arise at the Brown Bear Lake campsite threaten to ruin the weekend. The series also stars Juliette Lewis, Ione Skye, Brett Gelman, Janicza …
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Sundance Now, Shudder to launch in Australia, New Zealand later this year

Platforms currently available in North America, UK, Germany, Austria.

Sundance Now and Shudder, sister streaming platforms under AMC Networks, are to launch in Australia and New Zealand later this year.

The services are currently available in territories including the Us, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, and Austria.

Sundance Now’s roster of original and exclusive dramas includes Australian thriller Dead Lucky and Neil Jordan’s Riviera, and features including documentaries and foreign-language titles.

Programming recently added to the service includes docuseries Jonestown: Terror In The Jungle from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, Exeter, the service’s first original scripted podcast,
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Myriad Pictures to introduce sci-fi TV adaptation 'Galactic Derelict' at Mipcom (exclusive)

George Paige, John Baca and Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico to produce series.

Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures is planning a television series based on sci-fi author Andre Norton’s novel Galactic Derelict and will introduce the project to buyers ths week at Mipcom in Cannes.

Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, best known for the Star Trek: Enterprise series, have written a pilot and Terminator: Genysis writer Patrick Lussier is attached to direct.

George Paige, John Baca and Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico are producing the series.

First published in 1959, Galactic Derelict is about two sisters who hold the key to humanity
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‘Widows’ Featurette: How Chicago Shapes The Steve McQueen Heist Thriller

‘Widows’ Featurette: How Chicago Shapes The Steve McQueen Heist Thriller
“We’re after the truth. I don’t go to a location with a stencil. I adapt to the environment,” reads a quote by director Steve McQueen at the beginning of the newest Widows featurette about the film’s Chicago location. The gritty heist thriller, penned by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, is set in the Windy City, and couldn’t take place […]

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