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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works

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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works
Amy Winehouse’s family has signed a deal to executive produce a biopic about the late singer, who died in 2011, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward will produce the film, while “Kinky Boots” writer Geoff Deane will write the screenplay and executive produce. Production is set to start in 2019.

Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse. Representatives for Winehouse’s family have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said in a statement that the family had been repeatedly approached about the rights but never felt the “time was right.”

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent,” he said. “And we know through
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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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Evangeline Lilly Says ‘Ant-Man & Wasp’ Post-Credits Snap Scene Was Shortened Because “We Totally Blew It”

If you don’t know what happened at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” then you’ve probably been in a coma for the last six months. So, in that case, welcome back and get ready to have the film spoiled. For the rest of humanity, we all know about Thanos’ snap heard around the world…err, universe.

In the closing moments of ‘Infinity War,’ half the universe disintegrates into ash, as audiences watched in horror.

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Mipcom: Endeavor chief Ari Emanuel ‘monitoring’ Saudi journalist disappearance

Saudi sovereign wealth fund invested $400m in Hollywood holding company earlier this year.

Ari Emanuel, CEO of entertainment, sports and fashion company Endeavor, told TV professionals at Mipcom on Monday (15) that he is monitoring the situation around the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is rumoured to have been murdered by a Saudi state-backed hit squad.

Hollywood holding company Endeavor – which was established in October 2017 out of a portfolio of brands previously owned and managed by WWE and Img – sealed a $400m investment deal with the Public Investment Fund (Pif) of Saudi Arabia earlier this year. This deal
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Michael Kelly on ‘All Square’ and Saying Goodbye to ‘House of Cards’

Directed by John Hyams and written by Timothy Brady, the indie drama All Square follows John Zbikowski (Michael Kelly), a down-on-his-luck small-town bookie who isn’t the best at collecting outstanding debts. When he strikes up a friendship with an ex’s (Pamela Adlon) 12-year-old son (Jesse Ray Sheps), he sees the possibilities in taking bets on his little league games, creating chaos in the community. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Michael Kelly (who is also a producer on the film) talked about the appeal of his friend’s …
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Luca Guadagnino To Adapt Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’ Into A Feature Film

Luca Guadagnino is a filmmaker that is developing a bit of a name for himself for tackling interesting, unique projects. Coming off an Oscar-winning coming-of-age film, “Call Me By Your Name,” the director transitioned into a hard-r remake of the Dario Argento horror classic “Suspiria.” Now, it appears that Guadagnino is tackling a film based on a Bob Dylan album.

Read More: Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’: A Deliriously Thrilling Banshee Howl Of High-Class Horror Porn [Venice Review]

In a New Yorker profile, it is revealed that the acclaimed filmmaker is ready to tackle a feature adaptation of Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks.” The 1975 album is generally regarded as one of Dylan’s finest, and the interpretations of the lyrical content has been greatly debated for decades.

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‘Doctor Who’ Races to Establish a New Era With “The Ghost Monument”

‘Doctor Who’ Races to Establish a New Era With “The Ghost Monument”
Well, I asked for something more visually impressive, and I got it. “The Ghost Monument” might be the most cinematic episode of Doctor Who yet, with the BBC likely pouring lots of money into those sweeping drone shots and the on-location shoot in South Africa. Where the charming but mostly competent season premiere felt almost suffocatingly small, […]

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Rita Moreno Says She’s ‘Nervous’ About Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ and Won’t Make be Making a Cameo

Rita Moreno Says She’s ‘Nervous’ About Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ and Won’t Make be Making a Cameo
Even after 57 years, Rita Moreno is just as opinionated as Anita, her character from “West Side Story.” When asked her thoughts on Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming “West Side Story” remake, Moreno said she most likely would not be making a cameo. Moreno appeared alongside several original cast members at the Beverly Hills Paley Center for an event honoring choreographer Jerome Robbins last week, where director Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) moderated a Q and A.

According to Entertainment Weekly, while Russ Tamblyn (Riff), George Chakiris (Bernardo), and Eliot Feld (Baby John) all expressed interest in making cameos, Moreno demurred. “That would be strange,” she said in a red carpet interview. “I think it would be distracting. No, no, no I don’t belong in there in any capacity.”

Remaking “West Side Story” has been a passion project of Spielberg’s for many years, having pursued the rights for decades. Spielberg worked with Kushner on “Lincoln” and “Munich,
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‘The Possession Of Hannah Grace’ Trailer: When You Die, You Die…Except When You Don’t

Working at a morgue is already creepy enough. Surrounded by nothing but dead bodies, the location is ripe for your imagination to run wild and scare the crap out of you. So, what happens when you’re starting a new job in the morgue and you think that one of those cadavers is possessed and trying to come after you? Yeah, that’s never good.

In the first trailer for “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” you meet a young woman named Megan (Shay Mitchell) who is lucky to work the graveyard shift at the morgue.

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David Lynch Has a Solution to Bring Together Divided Americans, and It’s Extremely Lynchian

David Lynch Has a Solution to Bring Together Divided Americans, and It’s Extremely Lynchian
David Lynch went viral over the summer with a comment he made about Trump’s potential to be “one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much.” The quote when taken out of context had many people accusing the director of being a Trump supporter, but Lynch released an official statement soon after criticizing Trump for “causing suffering and division.” Lynch declined to talk about the matter during a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, but he was open to discussing a very Lynchian fix to America’s current problems.

“I would like to say that I really feel — and it’s pretty obvious — that this country’s divided,” Lynch said. “Another name for this field within is called the unified field. Ancient Vedic science has always and forever known about this field, but modern quantum physics discovered it around the ’70s. This field is
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Bond Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Could Be Next 007, Says Totally Unsubstantiated Rumor

While the James Bond franchise is preparing to have director Cary Fukunaga take over 007’s next mission that was previously in the hands of Danny Boyle, a new rumor indicates what might be happening once Daniel Craig hangs up the tuxedo. Word on the streets of London is that James Bond franchise producers may be […]

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Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ Could Make The Leap To Disney’s Upcoming Streaming Service

The Immortal Iron Fist is dead! Long live the Immortal Iron Fist!

Over the weekend, it was reported that the Netflix/Marvel series “Iron Fist” was canceled after two (not-so-great) seasons. While the news was hardly shocking, “Iron Fist” marks the first Marvel series to see the ax over at Netflix, since the partnership was struck years ago. But, according to multiple reports, even though “Iron Fist” is dead, the character most definitely will live on.

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Exclusive: ‘The Equalizer 2’ Blu-ray Will Include 11 Deleted Scenes and “Retribution Mode”

Today, we’re pleased to debut the special features and release date for the upcoming Blu-ray of The Equalizer 2. For those that didn’t see Antoine Fuqua’s sequel, the film brings back Denzel Washington as former CIA agent Robert McCall, who goes on a mission of vengeance after one of his best friends is killed. It’s a brutal but fun movie, the kind of film I’d be fine getting every few years or so as long as Washington was in the lead role. The Equalizer 2 hits digital on November 13th and arrives on 4K, …
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Viggo Mortensen to make directorial debut with 'Falling'

HanWay is launching iternational sales at the Afm.

Viggo Mortensen, riding high on recent Toronto International Film Festival audience award winner Green Book, will make his directorial debut with the father-son drama Falling.

HanWay Films has international rights to the project that it will launch at the Afm later this month. UTA Independent Film Group represents Us rights.

Mortensen also wrote the script and will star in the film about a man who lives with his male partner and their adopted daughter in Southern California. The arrival of his partner’s father, to be played by Lance Henriksen, brings a collision between two different worlds.
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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” which captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s hair-raising ascent of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation, led the nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, it was revealed Monday. The film netted six nominations including best documentary and best director.

Close behind with five mentions each were “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country,” from Hulu and Netflix respectively.

Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics and Television Journalists Assns., the awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The nominees are:

Best Documentary

“Crime + Punishment” – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)

Dark Money” – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

“Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)

“Hal” – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope)

“Hitler’s Hollywood” – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominees Announced: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Minding the Gap,’ and ‘Wild Wild Country’ Lead Nods

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced the nominees for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event, hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye, on Saturday, November 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo” leads this year with six nominations and one honor, including Best Documentary, Best Directors, Best Sports Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and a Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for Alex Honnold. “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country” follow with five nominations each, with “Dark Money,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” each earning four nods.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this year’s outstanding documentary work at the upcoming event,” said Broadcast Film Critics Association President
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‘Dracula’ Series From ‘Sherlock’ Creators Coming to Netflix, BBC

Get ready for (another) sexy, young Dracula. The creators behind BBC’s acclaimed series Sherlock are about to sink their teeth into the iconic vampire with a new Dracula series that will debut on both Netflix and BBC. Variety reports that Netflix and BBC are teaming up for a Dracula series helmed by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the co-creators behind the wildly popular […]

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