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'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening

'Halloween' Slices Up a Monster $77.5 Million Opening
With a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time. The horror film headlined a massive weekend overall weekend, that saw the top twelve combine for over $160 million, making this the second largest October weekend ever. As already mentioned, Halloween's $77.5 million three-day debut was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Venom earlier this month. That said, Halloween did deliver the largest October opening day of all-time, topping Venom's $32.5 million. The film's opening is also the second largest ever for an R-rated horror, topping the $53.8 million opening for The Nun a month ago and behind It's $123.4 million debut last September. The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode and beyond landing well with critics in advance of release,
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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide

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‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide
“Venom” remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row.

Sony’s “Venom” secured the No. 1 spot abroad with $32 million from 65 markets, taking its international total to $290.7 million. It earned $18.1 million in North America for a worldwide total of $460.2 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” continues to do monster business of its own. The acclaimed musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga generated an impressive $22.8 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its tally to $74.7 million overseas and $201 million globally. “A Star Is Born” opened in Australia with $4.7 million in 536 venues, as well as Hong Kong with $629,000 in 58 locations. Top holdovers include the United Kingdom ($3.9 million on 846 screens), Italy ($1.5 million on 614 screens), and France ($1.5 million on 353 screens). It debuts next in Japan on Dec. 21.

Though Universal’s “Halloween” topped the domestic box office,
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Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3

Regina King (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’) could win overdue Oscar shortly after taking Emmy #3
Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars has opened up in a major way for Regina King, who is earning some of the best reviews of her career for her role in Barry Jenkins‘ new film, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King has been predicted to earn her first Oscar nomination after the rapturous response to her performance when the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now there’s an avenue for her to win. This is all thanks to one of her presumed biggest Supporting Actress competitors now being campaigned in the Best Actress category instead.

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The Favourite” star Olivia Colman has been the subject of the classic, “Is she lead or is she supporting?” debates, for her highly acclaimed performance as Queen Anne. While Colman was being predicted by many
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Utøya: July 22 – Is it right to make movies out of real-life acts of terrorism?

Two recent films portray events surrounding the horrific 2011 massacre in Norway. But do they really honour the victims?

Amid this season’s Halloween horror movies, it is alarming to find Utøya: July 22, a Norwegian-made account of the 2011 massacre in which Anders Breivik killed 77 young people and injured many more. The film picks out one of those young people, Kaja, and follows her through its 72 minutes in one frantic, unbroken take. Kaja – who keeps her head and thinks of others – would make a decent slasher-movie heroine. There is one unbearably tense moment when she cowers in a tent listening to the killer stalking outside that brings to mind The Blair Witch Project. There’s also an ill-judged “twist”.

Utøya: July 22 is not supposed to be read as a horror movie: the film is based on true survivors’ accounts. The real-time format and handheld cameras give it a war-reportage urgency, but it is not really a docudrama,
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Vue International Acquires German Multiplex Circuit CineStar

Vue International has acquired CineStar, a leading multiplex circuit in Germany, for an upfront payment of €130 million ($149.8 million), as it aims to expand further its international footprint.

The deal includes a variable of up to €91.8 million ($105.7 million), and sets CineStar’s potential enterprise value at €221.8 million ($255.58 million).

Currently owned by Australian company Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (Evt), CineStar boasts 57 premium multiplex sites (55 of which are in operation and two which are new sites opening in late 2018 and mid-2019), with 449 screens. The chain has a strong presence in Germany’s rural areas, as well as in Berlin, where it has seven cinemas, including the Cubix at Alexanderplatz.

Tim Richards, Vue International’s founder and CEO, said in a statement that it marks Vue’s “third international acquisition this year and further reinforces [Vue’s] commitment to international expansion….

“Germany is an extremely important cinema market and is consistently in the top 10 box-office markets in the world.
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Rome Mia Market Wraps Positively With Bigger U.S. Presence, Strong Product

Rome’s Mia market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped on a positive note Sunday after four days of intense dealmaking and presentations, which saw some 2,000 executives, including 400 buyers, sample a substantial offering of select new top notch mostly European product.

“We still don’t generate the big announcements like Mipcom,” said market director Lucia Milazzotto, but, she added “we are growing.” Milazzotto boasted that for its fourth edition the new concept Mia event, created to put Italy back on the markets map, attracted a big rise in U.S. attendees across all sectors, “which means more buyers, and more commissioning editors,” came lured by “the cream of the European crop.”

The American contingent at Mia comprised Anonymous Content chief Paul Green, Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate Bryan Fogel (“Icarus”), Sony Pictures Entertainment Senior VP Katrhyn Busby, “Narcos” show-runner Chris Brancato, and “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig. Besides coming to do business,
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India’s Roy Kapur Films Reveals Eclectic Slate (Exclusive)

India’s Roy Kapur Films Reveals Eclectic Slate (Exclusive)
Former MD of Disney India, Siddharth Roy Kapur has revealed an eclectic range of films to be produced by his production company Roy Kapur Films.

“Saare Jahaan Se Achcha,” to be directed by Mahesh Mathai (“Bhopal Express”), and written by Anjum Rajabali is a biopic of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space. An A-list cast will be announced by the end of the year ahead of a production start in February. The film is a co-production with Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP.

Vinil Mathew (“Hasee Toh Phasee”) will direct “Sinbad,” a thriller inspired by merchant navy officer Audumbar Bhoi, whose ship was attacked by Somali pirates, from a script by Sudip Sharma (“NH10”). Casting is underway.

In 2019, Sooni Taraporewala (“Little Zizou”) will direct “Ballet Boys.” The fact-based story follows two Mumbai slum boys, one a Hindu and the other Muslim, who shoot to global prominence after being discovered by an Israeli dance instructor.
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Korea Box Office: ‘First Man’ Lands on Top at Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘First Man’ Lands on Top at Weekend
Space exploration drama, “First Man” opened on Thursday and moon landed in top spot of the South Korean box office. The Upi release earned $3.48 million from 423,200 admissions over its four opening days.

Korean drama, “Dark Figure of Crime” slipped to second from the previous weekend’s top spot. The Showbox release earned $2.46 million from 311,600 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $26.4 million after three weekends on release.

Sony’s “Venom” took third place, earning $1.88 million between Friday and Sunday. That gave it a three-weekend total of $28.6 million from 3.67 million admissions.

Incurring only a modest week-on-week drop of 11%, Korean drama “Miss Baek” took fourth. The Little Big Pictures release earned $1.13 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $3.45 million after two weekends.

A Star is Born” slipped to fifth from the previous weekend’s fourth. The Warner Bros. title earned $470,000 for $2.09 million after two weekends. Walt Disney’s
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Streaming: where to find the best horror films

It’s that time of year when a cosy evening of horror beckons – and what better place to start than Shudder

It’s been a long time since I last checked in on Shudder, the £4-a-month streaming service dedicated to horror, suspense and the generally creepy. Much as I enjoy the odd fright night, there is no genre to which I subscribe quite so literally. But with the nights drawing in and the burning scent of Halloween on the cooling breeze, it seemed an apt time to return. We’re never likelier to chain-watch horror films than in October, and Shudder certainly makes a breeze out of spooky seasonal playlisting.

I returned to find it a little beefier than I remembered, with its menu of films and series healthily expanded and the addition of Shudder TV – multiple channels of pre-selected programming for that rarest of geeks, the undiscriminating genre obsessive.
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Geoffrey Rush tells defamation trial newspaper made him look like a 'criminal'

Oscar-winning Australian actor says front-page story published by Murdoch-owned Nationwide News made him sick to his stomach

The actor Geoffrey Rush has told a defamation trial that he was made to look like a “criminal” by a front-page story headlined “King Leer”, a story he said made him feel “sick to my stomach”.

Rush appeared on the first day of his two-week trial against Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on Monday, saying the stories had sent him into an “emotional spiral”.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Warning Signs’ Is Bleak, But In A Good Way

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Warning Signs’ Is Bleak, But In A Good Way
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead” Season 9 Episode 3, “Warning Signs.”]

Man Is The True Monster

Last week, we saw that Maggie was capable of handling the burdens of leadership; while she may have had a knee-jerk reaction in jailing Earl and denying Sanctuary food, she ultimately did the right thing in freeing Earl and sharing Hilltop’s stores. But her deeply-held anger for the Saviors in general and Negan in particular have not gone away, as the chilling climax of “Warning Signs” makes clear.

The mystery of the missing Saviors is definitively answered this episode, as it’s revealed that Cyndie and the other Oceansiders are the culprits. Their targets haven’t been random — they’ve been disappearing the survivors of Simon’s crew, the ones who executed the men of Oceanside. It’s nice that the revelation isn’t drawn out (most TV shows these days could use more brevity in their
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China Box Office: Slowdown Continues as ‘Gutenberg’ Takes Third Weekend Win

Chinese cinemas were largely empty again over the weekend, allowing Hong Kong crime thriller, “Project Gutenberg” to enjoy its third frame as the top-scoring film.

The cumulative total of the top ten films amounted to just $41.2 million, according to data from Ent Group. That is the second lowest weekend this year.

The slump has followed new regulations that limit distributors’ ability to buy their own tickets and give the appearance of success, and a cap on the fees that online ticketing companies can charge. Both measures may have the effect of removing distortions and reveal data that presents a truer picture of theatrical demand.

The latest six-week slump may also reflect problems on the supply side. A growing number of commentators have identified a flow of weak films that have little novelty or particular appear. Box office got a temporary boost at the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the score was more
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‘Little Women’: Timothée Chalamet Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photo of Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan

Little Women” reunites both Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet with their “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig, and the entire trio seems happy about it. Their upcoming project together — the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel, which has already been made into six different films — already ranks among the most anticipated movies of 2019, with all three are coming off Academy Award nominations.

It’ll be some time before we see anything official from “Little Women,” but Chalamet has taken it upon himself to share a blurry Instagram photo of his co-star and director rehearsing a few weeks ago; accompanied by the caption “littlewomen,” it shows Ronan hugging Gerwig from behind. Not pictured: the rest of the stacked ensemble cast, which is led by Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, James Norton, Laura Dern, Emma Watson (who replaced Emma Stone), Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper, and Abby Quinn.

Sarah Polley
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David Gordon Green on His Modern Take on ‘Halloween’, Jamie Lee Curtis & Ignoring the Sequels

From Blumhouse Productions, executive producer/creative consultant John Carpenter and director David Gordon Green (who also wrote the film with Danny McBride), Halloween is a terrifying look at the after-effects of the trauma that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) experienced when Michael Myers put on the mask and went on a killing spree in Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night, four decades ago. But now, there’s also Karen (Judy Greer), the daughter who was taken away from her and who struggles with her mother’s non-stop paranoia, and the teenaged Allyson (Andi Matichak), who’s stuck in the …
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Tricia Tuttle appointed permanent director of BFI London Film Festival

She takes over from Clare Stewart who is not returning from a year’s sabbatical.

Tricia Tuttle has been been appointed director, BFI Festivals, it was announced at the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival (Lff) on Sunday October 21. She takes over from Clare Stewart who is not returning to the role when her year’s sabbatical ends in December 2018.

Tuttle has led the Lff as interim artistic director this year after five years as deputy head of festivals at the BFI. Her new role will encompass Flare, London’s Lgbtq+ Film Festival.

”I congratulate Tricia Tuttle on her new role,
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The Road to Gender Parity, Italian Style

Key representatives of Italian media joined with their American counterparts in Rome Sunday morning to usher a call for greater inclusion in the local entertainment industry.

During a panel on the final day of Mia hosted by Women in Film, TV & Media Italia, the group presented the tools of ReFrame, the American organization promoting a formal action plan to achieve gender parity in film and TV, and debated how they could be used to address systemic challenges facing women in Italian media.

“The ecosystem is…breathing with one single lung,” said Domizia De Rosa, of Women in Film, TV & Media Italia. “[Women are] the half which is missing.”

De Rosa was joined onstage by Kirsten Schaffer (above right), executive director of Women in Film, L.A.; producer Paul Feig (above left); Desiree Akhavan, director of Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”; Mia director Lucia Milazzotto; Stefania Ippoliti, president
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Darren Aronofsky Produces PSA Calling on Generation Z to Vote — Watch

Darren Aronofsky Produces PSA Calling on Generation Z to Vote — Watch
As a general rule, young people aren’t great at showing up on election day. Among the many, many people who’d like to see that change is Darren Aronofsky, who has produced a PSA calling on Generation Z to vote in the midterms on November 6. Turnout among 18-20 year olds who are eligible to make their presence felt at the ballot box for the first time isn’t expected to be high, but it’s clearer than ever that every vote counts.

“First time voters have the power to make a massive impact in the upcoming midterm elections, but 18-20 year olds are part of a demographic that has historically failed to participate in National Elections. It’s time to change that,” said Aronofsky in a statement accompanying the video. “We are working with a dynamic group of activists from all over the country, who care about an array of causes,
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‘Stan & Ollie’: John C. Reilly & Steve Coogan Are Excellent As The Comedy Legends [Lff Review]

lIt’s easy to feel by the middle of September that awards season is locked up – the vast majority of contenders revealed, and the winner a good bet (it’s a decade since a movie that skipped the fall festival circuit won Best Picture). Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” for instance, which got a late-breaking fall release date in the hope of upending the races.

Another surprise potential to have emerged in the last few months is “Stan & Ollie,” a biopic of comedy legends Laurel & Hardy from Oscar-nominated “Philomena” writer Jeff Pope, and “Filth” director Jon S.

Continue reading ‘Stan & Ollie’: John C. Reilly & Steve Coogan Are Excellent As The Comedy Legends [Lff Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play

‘Halloween’ Breaks Records, While ‘A Star Is Born’ Shows October Can Work for Box Office and Awards Play
In another hit from a very strong October, “Halloween” is the month’s second-best opening weekend ever. Its $77.5 million total is just a little below what “Venom” debuted to two weeks ago, at 10 times the budget.

Meanwhile, “A Star Is Born” became the second release this month to reach $200 million — a first for October. Only four films total have done this — “Meet the Parents,” “Gravity,” “Shark Tale,” and “The Martian” (at 2018 prices).

That puts October 2018 in the hunt for the best ever. The only thing holding it back is the bulk of the revenue comes from these three hits; beyond them, there isn’t a lot that’s doing strong business.

The 11th entry has the biggest start of any film in the four-decade “Halloween” franchise, and already has topped the grosses of all but three (adjusted). It will easily be the biggest other than John Carpenter’s 1978 original.

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‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Were Born to Play Laurel and Hardy in This Bittersweet Little Movie

‘Stan & Ollie’ Review: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Were Born to Play Laurel and Hardy in This Bittersweet Little Movie
There’s a clever moment midway through “Stan & Ollie” in which aging slapstick duo Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) get into a fight. As they stand in the middle of a public reception celebrating their work, the fracas registers to the surrounding crowd as a bit. Much of “Stan & Ollie” explores explores that disconnect: Even as the men grow distant from the happier moments of their Hollywood careers, their chemistry chases them everywhere.

Director Jon S. Baird’s bittersweet little movie follows the pair through a farewell tour across the U.K. and Ireland, where they engage in a series of lively stage shows that rekindles their talent. The ensuing showbiz dramedy follows a genial trajectory, falling short of injecting much ingenuity into the story beyond the uncanny ability to resurrect Laurel and Hardy onscreen. Yet for much of its running time, that’s sufficient.
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