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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days

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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner BrosBradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.

Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped their astronaut drama First Man would launch to $20M in three days; it’s at $19.1M through five days. Quite often the better PR win is in a platform release: You celebrate your theater averages up front, and then, wow, the film has crossed over to bigger numbers later on in its run.

For the third midday to date in its run, A Star Is Born beat Venom in daily grosses — the pic did so last Thursday, on Monday and last night, edging out Tom Hardy’s fanged superhero $3.95M-$3.75M. Every studio depends on a huge opening-weekend gross for their event movies to survive, but sleeper movies, especially ones which continually draw out adult audiences — a crowd notorious for crawling to the multiplex — is pure manna from heaven. While Universal/ Miramax/ Blumhouse’s Halloween will soak up around $70M worth of business this weekend, Venom and A Star Is Born will continue to fight for second with around $18M-$20M. “A Star Is Born will continue to ease 30% every weekend in its run,” praised one rival studio executive about the pic’s longevity.

Yes, Sony’s Venom hit $100M in its first six days last week, but its commercial success after overcoming negative reviews can largely be attributed to being a long-awaited Marvel spinoff finally hitting the screen and clicking. Nice IP if you can get it.

But here we have A Star Is Born, the fourth remake of a classic property in an 81-year period, a movie by a first-time director in Cooper, coupled with ambitious dramatic performances that have paid off, not just for The Hangover actor, but in pop star Lady Gaga too. It’s a recipe that’s paying off. Note this movie could have been a very different one, with various directors having circled at various points in time, i.e., Joel Schumacher, Nick Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood, and stars including Will Smith and Tom Cruise, with Beyonce being a constant attachment throughout various iterations.

A Star Is Born through 12 days counts $101.4M to Venom‘s $148.9M. Versus other October hits, Warner Bros’ Gravity (final stateside gross $274M) hit $100M in nine days, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian (final domestic $228.4M) in 10, and Fox’s Gone Girl ($167.7M) in 16.

It’s fair to say, A Star Is Born is just getting warmed up.
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Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)

Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)
Jamie Neumann, who can currently be seen on HBO’s “The Deuce” as Dorothy, has joined the cast of the Stx action movie “17 Bridges.” Sources also tell Variety she has landed a recurring role on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” and “NOS4A2.”

17 Bridges,” directed by Brian Kirk, stars Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, Taylor Kitsch, and Stephan James.

Boseman will portray a disgraced NYPD detective who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 17 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.

Boseman, Logan Coles, and Joe and Anthony Russo are producing along with Mwm Studios. Gigi Pritzker (“Hell or High Water
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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‘Halloween’ Could Scare Up $65 Million-Plus at the Box Office This Weekend

Michael Myers is returning to theaters this weekend, and audiences are ready. Halloween box office tracking indicates the latest entry in the ever-changing horror series is headed to a $65 million-plus opening weekend, making it an all-time-franchise best. Don’t be surprised if a sequel is officially announced by Monday. It’s going to be a very happy Halloween […]

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Jason Blum Says He’s ‘Trying’ to Make a Horror Film Directed by a Woman, but ‘There Aren’t a Lot of Female Directors’

The horror genre has defined the success of Blumhouse Productions ever since the company’s “Paranormal Activity” became one of the most profitable films ever made in 2007. While the company, led by Jason Blum, has had unparalleled success, the studio has failed to produce any horror movies directed by female filmmakers over the last 11 years and counting. Polygon editor Matt Patches recently informed Blum about the statistic during an interview for “Halloween,” to which Blum assured the studio has actively searched for female directing talent.

“We’re always trying to do that,” Blum said. “We’re not trying to do it because of recent events. We’ve always been trying. There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror. I’m a massive admirer of [‘The Babadook’ director] Jennifer Kent. I’ve offered her every movie we’ve had available. She
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‘The Front Runner’ Crew on Bringing 1988 Campaign to Life

For Sony’s “The Front Runner,” which opens wide Nov. 21, director-co-writer Jason Reitman dealt with a very large main cast. The opening shot sets the tone for the movie as it takes in multiple groups of people with different points of view and overlapping conversations. In Robert Altman-esque fashion, various dialogues fade in and out as the always-traveling camera follows Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), his family, his political team, journalists and the public during the campaign of 1988 as it moves headlong into a sex scandal and its aftermath. While this creative approach makes for a mesmerizing experience for the audience, it presented unusual challenges for Reitman’s below-the-line team. Here’s what he said about the crew.

Sound mixer, Steven Morrow

“Our movie centers on the idea ‘What is relevant? What is important?’ and the audience is often given multiple things to see and listen to.
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’: How Melissa McCarthy Replacing Julianne Moore Turned a Troubled Production into a Triumph

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’: How Melissa McCarthy Replacing Julianne Moore Turned a Troubled Production into a Triumph
Nicole Holofcener was less than thrilled when Fox Searchlight hired Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) to direct “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Holofcener was supposed to direct the movie, which she wrote with Jeff Whitty, with Julianne Moore as its star. Then, six days before production was scheduled to begin, Moore left over creative differences, the movie fell apart, and Searchlight asked Holocener to wait and start over again. “I felt I had already made it,” she told me. “Every outfit, every location, every actor cast. It was a labor of love. It was traumatic. Terrible.”

She let it go, and the studio moved on with Heller in the chair. Even so, Holofcener handed over a box of research and wished her old Sundance lab protege well. “If anyone is going to make this movie, I’m glad it’s you,” Heller remembered her saying. “It’s yours,
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TV Premiere Dates 2018-2019: When and Where to Watch

Last updated October 17th In this era of Peak TV, it can be hard to keep up with which shows are coming on when, if they're taking a break, and when they're returning. With almost 500 scripted series on the air from the broadcast networks like ABC, Fox, and The CW to cable channels like USA, FX, and Syfy, to premium networks like HBO and Starz, as well as streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon ... there's a lot to keep track of. But we have you covered! Below is a continually updated list of TV premiere …
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Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: Film

Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: Film
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? As part of the salute to the qualities that keep the town humming, filmmaker/producer Travis Knight, who founded Laika Studios and is also being honored with Variety’s Creative Leadership Award. The New Leaders, Variety’s 10 Asis finishing up the anticipated “Bumblebee” for Paramount, as well as Variety‘s 10 Assistants
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Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’
Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Chloe Coleman have joined Dave Bautista’s action-comedy “My Spy” for STXFilms.

Peter Segal is directing the script penned by the writing team of brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista plays a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. The film is currently in production in Toronto.

“’My Spy’s the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing the project alongside Mwm Studios, Bautista,
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‘Riverdale’ Season 3: Madchen Amick and Skeet Ulrich on “Falice” & Fan Reactions

The CW series Riverdale is back for Season 3, with Archie (Kj Apa) on trial for murder, Betty (Lili Reinhart) being forced to deal with her problems head-on, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) leading the Serpents, and Veronica (Camila Mendes) having to turn to her father to step in and help. As these four best friends will have to rely on each other now more than ever and with a new mystery on the horizon in need of solving, there’s no telling what might happen next in Riverdale. The only thing we know for sure is that Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine …
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Wraps With Image Offering Best Look Yet at New Spidey Costume

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Wraps With Image Offering Best Look Yet at New Spidey Costume
The stars of Spider-Man: Far From Home are coming home. The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel has officially wrapped filming, and star Tom Holland commemorated the day with a new image that gives us our best look at the new Spidey suit yet. Tom Holland’s second Spider-Man solo film has officially wrapped production in Spidey’s hometown of New York City, after recently wrapping […]

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Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: Law

Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: Law
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? As part of the salute to the qualities that keep the town humming, filmmaker/producer Travis Knight, who founded Laika Studios and is finishing up the anticipated “Bumblebee” for Paramount, as well as Variety‘s 10 Assistants to Watch along with the New Leaders will be recognized Oct. 17, at the Jeremy Hotel rooftop in West Hollywood.
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Mel Gibson Is A Very Bad Cop In S. Craig Zahler’s Provocative & Troubling ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ [Lff Review]

S. Craig Zahler is undoubtedly one of the most interesting directors to emerge in genre film in the last few years. Initially turning heads as a screenwriter, he finally broke through thanks to his horror-western directorial debut “Bone Tomahawk” three years ago.

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Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: The Creatives

Hollywood’s New Leaders 2018: The Creatives
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? As part of the salute to the qualities that keep the town humming, filmmaker/producer Travis Knight, who founded Laika Studios and is finishing up the anticipated “Bumblebee” for Paramount, as well as Variety‘s 10 Assistants to Watch along with the New Leaders will be recognized Oct. 17, at the Jeremy Hotel rooftop in West Hollywood.
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Agents and Managers

Hollywood’s New Leaders: Agents and Managers
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? As part of the salute to the qualities that keep the town humming, filmmaker/producer Travis Knight, who founded Laika Studios and is finishing up the anticipated “Bumblebee” for Paramount, as well as Variety‘s 10 Assistants to Watch along with the New Leaders will be recognized Oct. 17, at the Jeremy Hotel rooftop in West Hollywood.
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The DC Films Universe: All The Movies Coming Soon & In Development

Almost exactly four years ago, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed an incredibly ambitious slate of films for the new DC Extended Universe. Ten films in total, the list of films began with 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and charted a four-year path that would end in 2020 with a “Cyborg” solo film, starring Ray Fisher. With only “Man of Steel” released at the time, many people saw this slate and were concerned that WB/DC was being too ambitious.

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‘Hitman 2’ Will Let You Kill Sean Bean

Sean Bean is a very good sport about the fact that his characters usually die. It doesn’t really matter if the movie is a blockbuster or an indie—Sean Bean’s character usually gets the business. With that in mind, the cheeky Hitman video game series is having some fun with the actor’s reputation and putting him in their new game, Hitman 2, as an “Elusive Target”. For those that didn’t play 2016’s Hitman, Elusive Targets were just that: elusive. “If a player fails to assassinate an elusive target before the mission expires, or alert the …
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Watch a Rare, Revealing One-Hour ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Documentary from 1980

There have been plenty of featurettes and retrospective documentaries recalling the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, especially in recent years. However, getting a glimpse from behind-the-scenes of the original movies as they were being made is a rare gift. But someone recently found a rare hour-long Empire Strikes Back documentary from 1980 and uploaded it […]

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