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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 Russo Brothers Wrap ‘Avengers 4’ Filming With a Cryptic Image of…Something

The Russo brothers’ trolling campaign with Avengers 4 continues as the directing duo has whipped fans into a frenzy with another super-cryptic image to celebrate the end of production. But honestly, there’s no better way for Avengers 4 to wrap filming: with an image that we can dissect and overanalyze for the next seven months. At least […]

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How ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ Nearly Ended the Franchise

With 11 films and counting, Halloween remains one of the most prolific and popular horror series of all time—but it was nearly upended before it even found its footing as a long-running franchise. John Carpenter’s 1978 horror film Halloween was a monster hit, becoming one of the most profitable independent films ever made with a worldwide gross of $70 million against a budget of just a few hundred thousand dollars. Given its success, a sequel was quickly greenlit, and 1981’s popular Halloween II proved that this was indeed a new, viable horror series. But for the …
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Bryan Singer rebuts as-yet-unpublished Esquire article

Director of The Usual Suspects and Bohemian Rhapsody accuses magazine of ‘rehashing false accusations’

Director Bryan Singer has rebutted an as-yet-unpublished article in Esquire magazine, accusing it of being a “rehash [of] false accusations”.

In a post on Instagram, Singer – director of The Usual Suspects, X-Men, and Superman Returns – wrote: “I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me … what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”
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Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Vintage typewriters and forged letters might seem like unusual decor for New York’s Sva Theatre, but there could be no better tribute to Lee Israel, the subject of the new Melissa McCarthy-led biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which premiered there on Sunday. Israel was a biographer of celebrated women who turned to forging and selling letters from her literary heroes when her own career hit a standstill.

“The city is full of people that we often don’t bother to look at who have had incredibly interesting lives,” producer Anne Carey told Variety on the red carpet. “Lee’s invisibility is part of what made her able to accomplish what she did, and I think that’s the thing — you never know who you’re walking by in the street.”

The FBI eventually caught on to Israel’s scheme, but not before she had already sold about 400 fake letters.
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Bryan Singer Defends Himself Against Upcoming Esquire Article on Sex Abuse Allegations: ‘It’s Fictional and Irresponsible’

Bryan Singer Defends Himself Against Upcoming Esquire Article on Sex Abuse Allegations: ‘It’s Fictional and Irresponsible’
Bryan Singer has issued a statement on his Instagram page defending himself against an upcoming exposé he says is set to be published by Esquire magazine. The “X-Men” director claims the article is set to “rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits,” which suggests the article will investigate the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Singer.

“I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me,” Singer wrote in the statement. “They have contacted my friends, colleagues, and people I don’t even know. In today’s’ climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”

Singer continued by alleging Esquire will “misuse quotes from ‘sources’ that will claim to have ‘intimate’ knowledge of my personal life.” The director also called into question
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Review: A Fun But Frustrating Halloween Treat

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Review: A Fun But Frustrating Halloween Treat
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes a horror movie approach to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, crafting a dark and violent series. Loaded with great production design, and blessed with several strong performances, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina none the less succumbs to exhausting exposition, and uneven storytelling. It might still cast a spell over you, though. No laugh track, […]

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‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Review: Netflix’s New Series Is Scary Good

There is no trick to the treat that is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix’s adaptation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s comic of the same name. The updated story is a far cry from the days of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and yet, it encompasses many of the same themes of the original Archie comics and other iterations. It’s just that this time, the story is wrapped up in a moody, dark, funny, and stylishly atmospheric package that could be not be a better herald of fall and the Halloween season. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan …
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Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’

Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’
Mubina Rattonsey’s recently launched Zero Gravity has secured $100 million in financing to develop and produce film and television content, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first movie on the slate will be the ghost story “Wraith” from director Armaan Zorace (“God Is Dead”). The producers are Rattonsey, alongside Rohini Singh and Manmeet Singh of Maurya Entertainment.

Wraith” focuses on a married couple that heads to a new town, only to find an evil presence that surrounds them — requiring them to fight forces from other dimensions to survive. The film will be shot in a yet-to-be announced Islamic nation in documented haunted houses to capture Muslim exorcisms. The producers are developing camera technology specifically for the project, and plan to focus on sound.

“I consider sound to be 50% of the movie-going experience and ‘Wraith’ will feature a special binaural 3D sound which will transport the audience directly into the world of
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Esports Challenges Coming to ‘Minecraft’

Amateur esports company Super League Gaming announced three distinct challenges for its Minecraft community all centered around the upcoming “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” movie on Monday.

Super League is gearing up for the Dec. 14 release of the animated film in style, with three competitions held between Oct. 27 and Dec. 9.

First up, Super League’s Minecraft City Champs tournament will have players battling it out in the new “Spider-Verse: Domination,” a mini-game inspired by the film that has teams of five battling to snatch up and then maintain points in a map of New York City based on the setting of the feature film.

The Minecraft City Champs competition will be held in select movie theaters across 16 competing, major markets in the Us during four Saturdays in a row, starting Oct. 27. The competition is open to registered players 17 or under, and registration currently costs $49.99 for those who sign up by 12 p.
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Meet The Designer Who Went From ‘Lemonade’ & ‘Room’ To ‘Beautiful Boy’

Production designers rarely get the credit they deserve. That is, of course, unless they are building fantastical new worlds or recreating eras long gone by. Sometimes the best work actually goes under the radar intentionally. Sometimes you’re supposed to believe an actor is performing on a real-life location when they are not. And, surprise, thanks to Ethan Tobman‘s efforts that’s exactly what you’ll experience watching Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell in Felix Van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy.”

Read More: Timothée Chalamet on the honesty of “Beautiful Boy” and his excitement over “Dune

“I never want to wake an audience up from a dream,” Tobman says.

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‘Transparent’ To End Upcoming Final Season With A Feature-Length Musical Episode

What do you do when the lead actor in your Emmy Award-winning TV series gets fired in between seasons? If you’re Jill Soloway, the creator and showrunner of “Transparent, and Jeffrey Tambor is fired, you end the entire series with a two-hour musical.

Read More: ‘Transparent’ Season 5 Will Be “Closure” As Creator Jill Soloway Looks “Beyond” The Show

In a new profile for the New York Times, it’s revealed that Soloway plans to continue “Transparent,” minus the lead actor, for one more season.

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Bryan Singer hits out at upcoming Esquire article over "false accusations"

Bryan Singer hits out at upcoming Esquire article over
X-Men director Bryan Singer releases statement on Instagram.

X-Men director Bryan Singer has made a statement on Instagram today (15 October) criticising an upcoming Esquire article about him.

It is not clear what specific allegations the article will make about Singer.

He said: “I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me. They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know.

He adds: “This article will attempt to rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits. This article will misuse quotes from ‘sources’ that will claim to have “intimate” knowledge of my personal life.
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‘Counterpart’ Season 2 Trailer: The Two Howards Really Struggle with a Life Swap in J.K. Simmons-Led Starz Spy Drama

‘Counterpart’ Season 2 Trailer: The Two Howards Really Struggle with a Life Swap in J.K. Simmons-Led Starz Spy Drama
Twice the Howards, twice the J.K. Simmons, twice the number of seasons of “Counterpart” premiering in 2018.

In another double move, the Starz drama released a full trailer for its second season 2 months ahead of the release date, showing a world where both Howard Silks (Simmons) are grappling with the ramifications of their season-closing swap. One is particularly not happy (and this time he has a convenient growth of stubble to help audiences start to tell the two of them apart).

Part of that may coincide with the arrival of James Cromwell’s overseer of sorts, making sure that the captured Howard Prime stays in his detention facility. This first glimpse at Season 2 also makes a quick introduction for Betty Gabriel’s new character, an ex-FBI specialist trying to suss out the double agent inside the office led by Peter Quayle (Harry Lloyd).

It also looks like Quayle’s got
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Dogwoof Boards 3D Doc ‘Cunningham’ For World Sales (Exclusive)

Dogwoof has acquired world sales rights to 3D documentary “Cunningham,” the U.K.-based documentary specialist has revealed to Variety. Dogwoof, which is also set to distribute the feature in the U.K. and Ireland, will present a first-look teaser from the film to international buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

“Cunningham,” which is currently in production, tells the story of legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham. It is set to see its U.K. release through Dogwoof, as well as releases in pre-sold markets France and Germany via Sophie Dulac and Camino Films respectively, in Spring 2019 to coincide with the centenary of the choreographer’s birth.

Filming in 3D, the documentary, which is described as a “breath-taking explosion of dance and music,” is directed by Alla Kovgan and edited by Andrew Bird. It traces Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery from his early years
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Bryan Singer Strikes Out at Esquire Article on Sexual Assault Allegations

Bryan Singer Strikes Out at Esquire Article on Sexual Assault Allegations
Bryan Singer is hitting out preemptively at an article in Esquire magazine that he implies will revisit sexual abuse and misconduct allegations that have been leveled at the director at various points in his career. The piece has yet to appear online, but in an Instagram post, Singer suggested that it will be released in conjunction with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” his upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic.

“I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me,” Singer wrote. “They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”

Last year, Singer was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claims the director assaulted him in 2003 at a yacht party.
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Cool Stuff: Gallery 1988’s Latest Show Features Fictional Products from Movies & Television

Some movies and TV shows are so iconic that even the fake products from them become well known. That’s why Gallery 1988 put together a second edition of their Product Placement show honoring some of the most beloved fake products from film and television. For the Gallery 1988 Product Placement 2018 show, artists like Danny […]

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