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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut
While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.'s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio's expectations, though not by as much as both Paramount's Instant Family and Fox's Widows, neither of which managed to break out among opening weekend audiences, but will hope to take advantage of the holiday weekend to come. The overall weekend, however, was an improvement over last weekend and while it fell short of the same weekend last year, which saw the debut of Justice League, the month is now pacing slightly ahead of last year's grosses, which saw the November box office top $1 billion for only the third time ever. At #1, Warner Bros.'s release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years

The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years
Frankenstein isn’t the only Frankenstein. James Whale’s 1931 take on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel was beaten to the punch by the Edison Manufacturing, which in 1910 produced what a title card describes as a “liberal adaptation” of the story.

The Library of Congress purchased a collection of prints in 2014 that included a nitrate print of Frankenstein. Alois F. Dettlaff acquired it in the 1950s and brought it with him to film festivals and monster conventions for decades; a meeting with then-AMPAS president Robert Wise in 1986 failed to persuade him to let the Academy preserve and archive it.
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Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards
Judi Dench will receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film at the upcoming British International Film Awards.

Dench joins an illustrious list of former winners of the award, which is in its 17th year, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt and Emma Thompson. Last year’s recipient was Vanessa Redgrave, who collected the award at the Bifa ceremony from Harris’ son, Jared.

“Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way,” he said. “Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor, she is undeniably both the standard-bearer and the gold standard for British actors.”

Dench’s long and varied film credits include “A Room With a View,” “Notes On a Scandal,” and the recent James Bond franchise, in which she starred as spy boss M.
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British Independent Film Awards: Judi Dench Honored With Richard Harris Award

British Independent Film Awards: Judi Dench Honored With Richard Harris Award
Dame Judi Dench has another feather to add to her cap, as she has just been announced as this year’s recipient of the Richard Harris Award by the British Independent Film Awards. Bestowed upon performers for “outstanding contribution by an actor to British film,” the award was first established 17 years ago. Previous honorees include Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt, and Emma Thompson.

“Dangerous on stage, on screen and apparently behind the wheel of a car, Dame Judi Dench and Richard Harris have a lot in common!” said Jarred Harris, whose father the award is named for. “We are delighted that she has agreed to accept this award. Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way. Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor,
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Judi Dench to receive honorary Bifa

Judi Dench to receive honorary Bifa
Actress will receive award at Bifa ceremony on December 2.

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have announced that Judi Dench will be honoured with the 2018 Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film.

The award recognises her acting career in the UK and advocacy of the British film industry across the globe.

This year’s Bifa awards ceremony takes place on Sunday December 2 at Old Billingsgate.

Previous winners of the award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, have included Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent,
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can Tiffany Haddish break out of Hollywood’s humdrum comedy cycle?

She’s found success since Girls Trip but, based on her new film Nobody’s Fool, Haddish risks being pigeonholed as the same outlandish character in every film

Tiffany Haddish has come a long way since her breakthrough in Girls Trip last year, but also not far at all. With Malcolm D Lee’s film, everyone was like: “Yay! Tiffany Haddish!” She was a breath of fresh air. She was outrageous, hilarious and lovable. And she yanked it out of the mire of middling comedies into box-office success.

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China box office: 'Venom' fights of 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald'

Chinese box office rises by 4% week-on-week.

Venom fought off new entrant, the latest Fantastic Beasts to retain both the weekly and weekend box office crown in the period of Nov 12-18. With two Hollywood blockbusters delivering a one-two punch, the Chinese box office rose by 4% week-on-week.

Sony’s Venom continued to perform remarkably well in its second week, taking the top spot again with $93.5m. With $203.1m after 10 days, it now ranks as the third biggest superhero film of all time, behind Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, making China the biggest international market for the film. It
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Willem Dafoe: 'With success comes certain things that corrupt you'

The 63-year-old actor talks about playing Vincent Van Gogh in Oscar-tipped biopic At Eternity’s Gate and how he’s juggled art and commerce in his career

You can’t confuse Willem Dafoe with another actor. That red hair, those fierce eyes, the gaunt cheekbones that make him look hungry for the next intense role – whether it’s Jesus, the Green Goblin, or a motel manager in The Florida Project, the part that just scored him his third Oscar nomination. Even in a fine art museum, his face is still unique.

“I think maybe there’s some figures in a Bruegel painting or something that I thought, ‘Oh, that’s an ancestor of mine,’” Dafoe says. But in his new biopic, At Eternity’s Gate – the film that might get Dafoe his fourth Oscar nomination – artist turned director Julian Schnabel sticks a paintbrush in Dafoe’s hand and plasters a
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Frida and Lasse Barkfors Pitch ‘School Shooters’ At Idfa Forum

Directors Lasse and Frida Barkfors are pitching their new documentary project, “School Shooters,” at Idfa’s Forum.

“Shooters” plumbs the phenomenon of school massacres, whose authors are often kids attending the same centers. But it takes a novel approach, focusing on the parents of the shooters. What happen to those parents when they learn that it was their child pulling the trigger?

The documentary feature will be produced by Copenhagen-based, and twice Oscar-nominated, production company Final Cut for Real, the company behind Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence”, as well as Frida and Lasse Barkfors’ De Andra Films, based in Trelleborg, Sweden. Final Cut for Real was founded in 2009 by producers Signe Byrge Sørensen and Anne Köhncke.

The feature will be made for Danish pubcaster Dr and Swedish pubcaster Svt, with support from Film i Skåne and Creative Europe.

It will mark the third
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Idfa: Colombia’s Carmen Torres’ Talks Idfa Doc ‘Dawn’

First-time feature director Carmen Torres follows up the domestic premiere of her autobiographical documentary “Dawn” at this year’s Cartagena Intl. Film Festival in Colombia (Ficci) with a European premiere at the 2018 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa).

Addressing head on the question of nature versus nature, Torres tracks down her biological mother to ask why she gave her up for adoption, and reflects on the relationship she had with her adoptive mother before her untimely death when Torres was only 13 years old. Across oceans and continents, Torres looks to answer deeply personal questions that turn out to be entirely universal: Questions of family, history and identity.

The film is a co-production between Señal Colombia and Spain’s Playtime Audiovisuales, and was selected as this year’s best Colombian film at Cartagena.

Torres talked with Variety ahead of Idfa about sharing her story, meeting her biological mother and confronting the
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Streaming: a century of Robin Hood on film

A new Hollywood Robin Hood is about to join a century of swashbucklers, from silent Douglas Fairbanks to sturdy Russell Crowe

“Another one?” spoke a small, clear voice a few rows behind me at the cinema, as the trailer for the new, pumped-up, down-with-the-kidz Robin Hood got noisily under way. Yes, less than a decade since Hollywood’s last, unsuccessful attempt to make the man in fawn tights a blockbusting superhero, they’ve returned to that well, continuing a long, patchy big-screen history for the socialist-minded adventurer. I haven’t yet seen how young, perky Taron Egerton fares with the bow and arrow, but in the event that the finished film, out next week, doesn’t improve on its ropy trailer, the good news is that numerous alternative tellings of the story are readily available in the streaming universe.

Netflix, unsurprisingly, comes through with a couple of the most recent.
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'An Elephant Sitting Still' wins best film at Golden Horse Awards

Zhang Yimou’s Shadow walked away with the most number of awards, including best director.

The late Hu Bo’s directorial debut An Elephant Sitting Still was named best film at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, while Zhang Yimou’s Shadow walked away with the most number of awards, including best director.

Two further mainland Chinese films – Dying To Survive and Long Day’s Journey Into Night – each nabbed three wins. Mainland films most noticeably dominated the stage taking most of the awards at the ceremony held on Saturday (Nov 18) at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.
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China Box Office: ‘Venom’ Enjoys Spectacular $87 Million Second Weekend

China Box Office: ‘Venom’ Enjoys Spectacular $87 Million Second Weekend
Venom” enjoyed a spectacular $87 million second weekend at the Chinese box office. That was almost double the opening score by “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in the Middle Kingdom.

According to data that excludes online ticket fees, supplied by Asian theatrical industry consultant Artisan Gateway, “Venom” scored $87.2 million, a drop of just 14% from its opening weekend. Its 10-day cumulative score is $187 million.

That figure is claimed to be the highest-ever second weekend in China by a superhero movie. The cumulative score and the film’s momentum put “Venom’s” box office in China on course to overtake the film’s $210 million performance in North America.

By comparison, the new “Fantastic Beasts” installment managed only $34.8 million, in second place. About $4.5 million of that came from performances at 557 Imax venues.

The figures are significantly lower than for the first “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” That released in China in
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Korea Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Beats ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Burns ‘Bts’

Opening on Wednesday (Nov. 14), Harry Potter spinoff-prequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Warner Bros. release earned $11.8 million from 1.52 million admissions over its opening five days.

Bohemian Rhapsody” remained in second spot for the third consecutive weekend. The biographical film about Queen earned $6.5 million from 816,200 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $24.7 million from 3.14 million admissions after three weekends. The two top films together accounted for 69% of total weekend box office.

Intimate Strangers” slipped from first place the previous weekend to third, with a week on week drop of 51%. The Lotte Cultureworks release earned $3.83 million from 498,400 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a three-weekend total of $32.5 million from 4.35 million admissions.

Burn the Stage: The Movie” landed in fourth place. A documentary following K-pop sensation Bts’s world tour, the Walt Disney Korea release earned $1.77 million between Thursday and Sunday.
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Lady Gaga Still Not Back Home in Malibu After Fire

Lady Gaga Still Not Back Home in Malibu After Fire
Lady Gaga was among the many entertainment figures who had to evacuate during the catastrophic Woolsey fire a week ago, and she still hasn’t been able to return to her house.

Though evacuation orders have been lifted in much of Malibu, Gaga told Variety at Sunday night’s Academy Governor’s Awards that she probably won’t be back in her house until after Thanksgiving.

While her house was spared from the massive fire that severely damaged the houses of Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Robin Thicke, Gaga said the fire had nonetheless burned parts of her property. “I am so grateful for the firefighters who put them out,” she told Variety.

Other houses in her neighborhood, which lies across Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean, were damaged or completely destroyed, she said.

The fire, which was 91% contained as of Sunday, has destroyed approximately 1400 structures in the Malibu,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Characters Continue To Grate In ‘Stradivarius’

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Characters Continue To Grate In ‘Stradivarius’
This Week On “The Walking Dead

So much of the first half of Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” has been focused on writing out Rick Grimes, leaving precious few episodes left to establish the new time-jump status quo as well as build to a satisfying cliffhanger for the mid-season break. Instead of maximizing that time, “The Walking Dead” has shifted back to auto-pilot, meandering around with very little drive until the November finale. The creative surge the show displayed early on this season is quickly dwindling.

Man Is The True Monster

It seems that Michonne’s change of heart last episode wasn’t “I’m being an asshole and I should be kind,” so much as a “I guess I could help these newbies find a new place to live since my kid guilted me into it, but I still distrust them and everyone,” and her stank attitude is even less fun this week.
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Welcome to the jungle: experiencing the Amazon in psychedelic virtual reality

Vr artist Lynette Wallworth returns with a film that brings the transcendental experience of Brazil’s Yawanawá people to life in vivid colour

I am deep in the Amazonian jungle, somewhere near the Gregório River. My vision is affected by a hallucinogenic tea called Ayahuasca, referred to by the locals as Uni. A huge and majestic old tree towers in front of me. A patch of bright psychedelic colour appears in my vision and moves with my gaze, as if projected from another plane of existence. Before I have properly come to terms with this striking tableau, my position changes. I realise I am now inside the tree.

This is a scene from Awavena, the new virtual reality film from acclaimed artist Lynette Wallworth. My actual location is Carriageworks, Sydney, where this impressive work had its Australian premiere on Friday as part of Create Nsw’s annual 360 Vision virtual reality and augmented reality event.
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Jim Carrey Doesn’t Care If His Political Paintings Cost Him Fans

Jim Carrey Doesn’t Care If His Political Paintings Cost Him Fans
If you follow Jim Carrey on Twitter — or if you’ve read anything at all about him in the last few years — then you’re well aware of his political leanings. A harsh critic of Donald Trump, the actor has produced a number of paintings that portray the president in particular and his administration in general in a decidedly unfavorable light.

Not everyone was onboard with him doing so: "It was interesting, because when I first starting playing on Twitter like everyone else, I got in trouble because I was honest," Carrey said during Vulture Festival today. "A terrible thing to be on Twitter!"
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'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' tops North American charts in $62m debut

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' tops North American charts in $62m debut
At Eternity’s Gate starring Willem Dafoe debuts at number 27 on respectable $92,000 from four sites.

Warner BrosFantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald starring Eddie Redmayne was the clear champion at the North American charts over the weekend, yet there will be no hiding the fact that $62.2m was a disappointing debut.

Despite pockets of fans among critics, the fantasy received average reviews. The three-day debut in 4,163 theatres trailed the $74.4m opening weekend of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them in late 2016 by 16%, rising to 20.2% when the numbers from two years ago are adjusted for inflation to $77.9m.

Grindelwald
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