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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.

SEEWill Emmy winners Claire Foy and Regina King go head-to-head at 2019 Oscars as Best Supporting Actress?

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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Theme Park Bits: ‘Toy Story’ Land Christmas, Rumored Opening Date for ‘Star Wars:’ Galaxy’s Edge in Florida

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: What’s the best guess for when the Florida version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open next year? See a preview for the first-ever Christmas overlay in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One daring couple has traveled across time zones to visit six Disney parks in […]

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Saudi Arabia Confirms Jamal Khashoggi’s Death, Calling It ‘Huge and Grave Mistake’

After more than two weeks of repeated denials, Saudi Arabia has officially confirmed the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, acknowledging that the outspoken critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was killed at the country’s consulate in Istanbul, though the details remain unclear.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to Fox News in the U.S., said Sunday that Khashoggi, 59, died in a “rogue operation,” in which “individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had.”

Seeking to shield the crown prince, who is effectively in charge of running Saudi Arabia, from the international outrage sparked by Khashoggi’s disappearance and death, al-Jubeir called the killing a “huge and grave mistake” and said those involved in the consulate tried to cover it up.

“We are determined to uncover every stone, we are determined to find out all the facts, and we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder,
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The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ 16-Bit Snappening, Making a ‘Halloween’ Murderer & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ 16-Bit Snappening, Making a ‘Halloween’ Murderer & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch the shocking ending of Avengers: Infinity War […]

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Pablo Trapero to direct HBO Europe's Spanish-language series 'Patria'

HBO’s first Spanish-language original production will shoot next year

Pablo Trapero, the award-winning Argentinian director of The Clan will be the lead director on Patria, the first Spanish-language original series to be produced by HBO Europe, which is set to shoot in early 2019. Félix Viscarret, the Spanish director whose credits include Dreamers in 1999 and Under The Stars in 2007, will also direct some episodes.

HBO Europe has greenlit the eight-part adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s bestselling novel about two families living through the tumultuous years of the separtist terrorism of Eta in Spanish Basque Country. The adaptation has been written
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Fandango Becomes Largest Online Ticketer in Latin America (Exclusive)

Fandango dramatically expanded its presence in Latin America on Monday. The ticketing giant announced that it has signed multi-year deals with Cinepolis, Cinemark, National Amusements and Cinemex, companies with a significant presence in the region. The deal adds 5,000 new screens to Fandango’s count and enables the company to sell tickets in more than 15 Latin American countries.

The new deals will greatly increase the ticketing footprint of Fandango’s subsidiary Fandango Latin America, giving it access to 94% of all screens in Colombia, 78% in Chile, 72% in Bolivia, and half of all screens in Mexico and Peru. The pact pushes Fandango’s global screen count to more than 45,000 worldwide and grants it access to more than half of all screens across the region. It is now the largest online ticketer in Latin America.

“It makes sense for us,” said Paul Yanover, Fandango’s president. “There’s an avid culture of moviegoing in Latin America,
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'A Star Is Born' impresses again to stay top of UK box office

Warner Bros release stays top for second straight weekend.

RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Oct 12-14) Running gross Week 1 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £2.9m £14.9m 3 2 Halloween (Universal) £2.7m £2.7m 1 3 Venom (Sony Pictures) £1.6m £16.7m 3 4 Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £1.7m £11m 3 5. Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £1.4m £4.3m 2

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After rising to the top of the table last week with a superb 0% drop on its opening weekend, A Star Is Born was at it again this weekend, dropping a negligible 6.5% with £2.9m to remain top.

That result takes it to £14.9m to date,
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Vue to buy German cinema group CineStar in $254m deal

CineStar portfolio includes 57 sites with 449 sites.

Vue International has agreed to acquire German cinema group CineStar in a deal that could be worth €221.8m ($254m).

The acquisition of CineStar’s 57 multiplex sites with 449 screens is the largest in Vue’s history. The circuit will be acquired from Australia’s Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (Evt).

The deal, for an upfront payment of €130m ($149m) and variable consideration of up to €91.8m ($105m), is Vue’s third in 2018 following the acquisition of Cinema3D in Poland and Showtime Cinemas in Ireland.

The transaction will be financed from existing cash resources and €114m
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China box office: 'Project Gutenberg' stays top in 2018's second quietest week

China box office: 'Project Gutenberg' stays top in 2018's second quietest week
October is headed for a month of negative growth.

The third week of October (Oct 15-21) failed to provide any reprieve to the Chinese box office as it turned out to be the second quietest week in 2018, with a 25% drop week-on-week.

It is the second consecutive week-on-week decline following a disappointing weeklong National Day holiday when ticket sales dropped by 27.5% from the same period in 2017. October will probably end up as a month of negative growth.

Without strong contenders, Hong Kong crime thriller Project Gutenberg scored a hat trick, topping the weekly chart three times in a row. The National
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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 10 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 to give the appearance of success, and that cap the fees charged by online ticketing companies. 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 appeal. Box office got a temporary boost at the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the score was more than 20% down on
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