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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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‘The Flash’ Movie Has Been Delayed Again, May Not Come Out Until 2021

‘The Flash’ Movie Has Been Delayed Again, May Not Come Out Until 2021
The Flash may be the fastest man alive on the comic book pages, but when it comes to the big screen, he’s positively sluggish. The Flash standalone movie has been hit with yet another delay, as Warner Bros. pushes back the expected production start date for Ezra Miller‘s solo superhero film. Now it seems that […]

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Oscars: Olivia Colman Will Compete in Best Actress for ‘The Favourite’ as Acting Races Get Clarified

Oscars: Olivia Colman Will Compete in Best Actress for ‘The Favourite’ as Acting Races Get Clarified
When it comes to predicting the Oscars, one of the major hurdles early in the season is figuring out in which categories some of the actors will be competing. Someone like Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained is more of a co-lead performance, but it’s on the studio to decide where to campaign for the actor, and on the Academy to either accept or re-categorize. In the case of Waltz and Django, he was submitted for Best Supporting Actor …
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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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‘The Conners’ Showrunner Explains Writing Off Roseanne Barr & Says The Writers Avoided The “Cowardly” Way Out

**Spoilers for ‘The Conners’ series premiere**

Maybe this whole Roseanne Barr/ABC situation can now be put to bed officially. Last night, the world discovered just how the network planned on moving past the “Roseanne” cancelation and start fresh with “The Conners,” and as rumored, it all came down to a drug overdose.

As revealed in the series premiere of the “Roseanne” spin-off, the controversial actress was written out of the series by killing off her character due to an opioid overdose.

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Variety’s Creative Leadership Honoree Travis Knight Makes Bold Moves Onscreen and Off

Variety’s Creative Leadership Honoree Travis Knight Makes Bold Moves Onscreen and Off
Deep in the pacific Northwest, in the rain-drenched, cold brew-infused world of Portland, Ore., Travis Knight has created something strange and very special. Over the past 15 years, the stop-motion helmer and producer has built Laika, a film studio that’s become famous for crafting movies by hand.

They’ve also been lauded for their cutting-edge technologies that they use in conjunction with their stop-motion art. In 2016, Laika won a Sci-Tech award from AMPAS for its 3D printing technologies.

It’s taken years to attract and develop the kind of unusual, gifted artists that can make hits including “ParaNorman” and the critically lauded “Kubo and the Two Strings.” But Knight, who describes himself as a lonely kid who loved to read and become immersed in stories, feels in sync with the creative family who’ve joined him there.

“We are a strange group of people, from all walks of life, from all over the world,
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Netflix Says It Makes Movie and TV Stars as it Adds 7 Million New Subscribers

The new movie star is being made on your Netflix screen. At least, that’s what the streaming service is proudly proclaiming. With an influx of 7 million new Netflix subscribers in its most recent quarter, and more digital clout than ever before, the streaming giant is starting to fashion itself into a new kind of […]

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TV Is Bloodier Than Ever, but the Best Shows Don’t Need Gore to Leave a Mark

TV Is Bloodier Than Ever, but the Best Shows Don’t Need Gore to Leave a Mark
In TV’s golden age, some of the grisliest images can be found on broadcast television — like when “Hannibal” invited a guest to feed their own face to the hounds. Or they’re on basic cable, like the bone-breaking suitcase stuffing in “The Americans,” or on streaming services, such as when Bob becomes demon dog food in “Stranger Things 2.”

Premium channels remain as gruesome as ever — “Dexter” certainly drained the blood from our cheeks — but lately, their best horror shows don’t need gore to leave a mark. “Sharp Objects” had our teeth rattling even before the final dollhouse discovery, while “Twin Peaks: The Return” was haunting down to the final scream. Both shows, along with many more, illustrate how even as Standards and Practices let more unsettling scenes slide, TV can terrify without getting squeamish.

TV horror is the subject of this week’s Very Good TV Podcast, and
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‘Halloween’ Franchise: All The Horror Movies Ranked

This weekend sees the release of the new “Halloween,” David Gordon Green’s sequel/soft-reboot of John Carpenter’s horror classic that sees Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle (with some non-masked assistance from James Jude Courtney) reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, respectively.

40 years ago, John Carpenter and Debra Hill created one of the most terrifying films of all-time, a horror icon in Myers, and served as the blueprint for the avalanche of slasher films that would follow in its wake in the 80’s (Freddy Krueger and especially Jason Voorhees would not exist without Michael).

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Danny Dyer to 'inject fun' into history for BBC One

EastEnders actor – and descendant of William the Conqueror – to explore 800 years of history

He recently hit the headlines with an expletive-laden attack on David Cameron and his daughter’s appearance on Love Island but Danny Dyer is crowning a high-profile year with a role fronting a history series for BBC One.

The EastEnders actor is presenting Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family as the corporation tries to “inject fun” into some of its factual programming and create so-called event TV to combat streaming rivals such as Netflix.
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Spooky Stuff: Scott C. Debuts Halloween-Themed The Great Showdown Prints

It’s spooky season, which means it’s the perfect time for artist Scott C. to debut his new Halloween-themed Great Showdown prints. These Scott C, Halloween prints — which go on sale for only 24 hours today — may be a little too cute to give you nightmares, but you may get a chill from seeing some […]

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Idris Elba Takes His Second Feline Role As He Joins Tom Hooper’s Film Adaptation Of ‘Cats’

Nope, he probably won’t be the next James Bond, but apparently, Idris Elba is ready to be a cat…again.

According to Variety, Elba is lining up to star in the upcoming film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, “Cats.” The legendary Broadway show that played for more than two decades is making the jump to the big screen courtesy of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Wraps with New On-Set Image of Tom Holland and Zendaya

It's been a wild ride for Tom Holland since bursting onto the scene (and big screen) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. He's gone on to play the part, exceptionally well if you ask me, in his own Sony-Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as playing a significant role in one of the biggest movies in cinematic history, Avengers: Infinity War. Interestingly enough, we'll get to see him return in the Untitled Avengers Movie on May 3rd of 2019 before he's reunited …
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Netflix Says 80 Million Subscribers Watched Its Original Rom-Com Lineup Over The Summer

One of the by-products of Netflix’s “be everything to everyone” approach to original films and series is stumbling onto trends that no one expected. And this summer, one of those trends is how the streaming service’s subscribers sure do love a good rom-com. With summer coming to an end, the notoriously private Netflix has released some data that shows that the company struck big with their “summer of love” series of films.

According to Variety, Netflix says that 80 million people from around the world watched at least one of its summer rom-coms over the last few months.

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Netflix May Lose ‘Friends’ in 2019

The streaming wars are in full swing. As consumers move away from cable and towards streaming channels, they’re faced with a new conundrum: How do you gather all of the content you want? What sacrifices will you have to make as the shows and movies you want to see fragment across the streaming landscape? Is it feasible to pay for 10 or 15 streaming services? In the beginning, when Netflix was leading the way in streaming, it was able to score huge deals like landing the entire series of Friends. But with WarnerMedia planning to launch its own streaming …
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‘The Last Resort’ Trailer: Award-Winning Doc Captures a Lost Moment in Miami Beach’s Complex History – Exclusive

In advance of its New York premiere at next month’s Doc NYC, Kino Lorber has picked up the North American rights to Dennis Scholl and Kareem Tabsch’s “The Last Resort,” a charming look at a Miami Beach that no longer exists, as initially documented by a pair of talented photographers. In the 1970s, Miami Beach was home to a massive cluster of Jewish retirees, the original snowbirds who set out for the warm enclave to escape harsh Northeast winters, only to find a bustling and culturally rich new home.

This budding community eventually caught the attention of photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe, who embarked on an ambitious 10-year project to document the retirees in their new paradise. Sweet and Monroe shot thousands of images of the community, with Monroe opting for more stark black and white images, while Sweet favored the kind of candy-colored photos that informed that early Floridian aesthetic.
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‘Soni’, ‘The Crossing’ take top awards at Pingyao film festival

‘Soni’, ‘The Crossing’ take top awards at Pingyao film festival
Ivan Ayr’s Soni won best film in the Roberto Rossellini Awards, while The Crossing took best film in the Fei Mu Awards.

Indian director Ivan Ayr’s Soni won best film in the Roberto Rossellini Awards at this year’s Pingyao International Film Festival (Pyiff), while The Crossing from China’s Bai Xue took best film in the Fei Mu Awards.

Best director in the Roberto Rossellini Awards, selected from the festival’s Crouching Tigers section, went to Serbia’s Ognjen Glavonić for The Load, while the Jury Award went to A Land Imagined, directed by Singapore’s Yeo Siew Hua.
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