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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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‘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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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Plans Its Own Crossover During “Elseworlds”

Though Legends of Tomorrow was not invited to this year's Arrowverse crossover, "Elseworlds," that hasn't stopped the show from coming up with its own Crossover Week plans. While Legends has become the best of the Arrowverse series, they do have an exceptionally large cast that can unintentionally take over a crossover (though they were pivotal in both "Invasion!" and especially "Crisis on Earth X"). Not that that's a bad thing necessarily, but since The CW is looking to launch a new character in Batwoman (played by Ruby Rose), who will have her own series next year, that …
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‘Jonathan’ Trailer: Ansel Elgort Plays “Siblings” Trapped In The Same Body In This Mind-Bending Thriller

Sibling rivalry is a real thing. Since the dawn of man, there has always been this innate drive to somehow do better than your sibling. But in the new film “Jonathan,” the question is presented — what do you do when your sibling is inside your own body?

As you can probably tell from that premise and the new trailer, “Jonathan,” starring Ansel Elgort as the titular character, is a bit of a complicated film.

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Amazon Prime’s Prime Video Direct Unveils New Titles from Latin America (Exclusive)

Prime Video Direct (Pvd), Amazon Prime’s self-service program for studios, distributors, and content creators, has unveiled more than two dozen titles picked up from the 2018 Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival (Ficg) where it launched its Film Festival Stars program (Ffs) in the Latino market for the first time.

Introduced at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the Ffs program offers cash bonuses and royalties to festival films seeking to self-distribute on Amazon Prime.

Prime Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program addresses the fact that few festival films ever manage to secure full service distribution deals. The program gives them an opportunity to reach a broader premium audience.

Starting Monday Oct. 15, these 27 titles will be available on Prime Video in Mexico, including Ficg Jury Prize winner for Ibero-American Narrative Feature, Spanish dramedy “Vivir y Otras Ficciones” (“Living and other Fictions”) and Ficg Jury Prize Ibero-American doc winner, “El Espanto” (“The Dread”) from Argentina.
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Viggo Mortensen to Star, Make Directorial Debut in Family Drama ‘Falling’

Viggo Mortensen to Star, Make Directorial Debut in Family Drama ‘Falling’
Viggo Mortensen will write, produce, star, and make his directorial debut in “Falling,” a story of a son’s relationship with his aging father.

Mortensen wrote the screenplay and will play one of the two leading roles. The cast also includes Lance Henriksen and Sverrir Gudnason (“The Girl in the Spider’s Web”). HanWay Films will handle international distribution, and will commence sales at the American Film Market, which opens on Oct. 31. UTA Independent Film Group will oversee the U.S. sale.

“Falling” is produced by Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films together with Mortensen, who previously produced “Everyone Has a Plan,” “Far From Men,” and “Jauja” through Perceval Pictures.

Mortensen will portray a man who lives with his male partner and their adopted daughter in Southern California. Henriksen will play a farmer whose attitudes and behavior belong to a far more traditional era and family model. When the father travels
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Oscar Isaac Responds to ‘Life Itself’ Backlash: ‘It’s Some of the Better Work That I’ve Done’

Oscar Isaac Responds to ‘Life Itself’ Backlash: ‘It’s Some of the Better Work That I’ve Done’
Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut “Life Itself” faced a tough crowd from the moment it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to a barrage of negative reviews, which followed the movie into its release a few weeks later. The ensemble drama from the creator of “This Is Us” hit another speed bump after Fogelman attributed the pans to “white male critics who don’t like anything that has emotion” even though several women reviewed the film. (Fogelman backtracked on that argument in another interview.)

However, Fogelman’s movie has left at least one of its main actors content with the end result: Oscar Isaac, who plays the oft-suffering male protagonist reeling from the loss of his wife (Olivia Wilde), said in an interview that the backlash to the movie caught him off-guard.

“I was surprised that there seemed to be a full-on critical narrative to it,” he said, speaking
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Robert De Niro: Politicians Supporting Donald Trump Are ‘Making a Deal With the Devil’

Robert De Niro: Politicians Supporting Donald Trump Are ‘Making a Deal With the Devil’
Robert De Niro was back to bashing Donald Trump during his appearance as the inaugural guest on ABC’s “The Alec Baldwin Show.” The actor has been an outspoken critic of the president and used his time speaking with Baldwin to detest Trump’s political supporters like Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell and South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham.

“Many of these people who are tied to Trump are going to be tainted for the rest of their lives,” De Niro said. “They think they want to be with him and it’s going to make them something, but they are paying such a price making a deal with the devil — it’s scary.”

McConnell and Graham have backed Trump’s political agenda as president despite originally not being in favor of his nomination. De Niro said that while Trump’s political supporters might not be willing to see the kind of guy Trump really is underneath,
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