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'House With a Clock In Its Walls' Debuts with $26.8M While Fellow New Releases Stumble

'House With a Clock In Its Walls' Debuts with $26.8M While Fellow New Releases Stumble
Despite the over performance of Universal's new release The House with a Clock in Its Walls and the strong hold from Lionsgate's A Simple Favor, this weekend is still one of the worst of the year. Things weren't helped by the soft openings from Fahrenheit 11/9, Life Itself and Assassination Nation as the three other new wide releases struggled to find an audience. Additionally, for the second weekend in a row, the previous weekend's #1 film dipped mightily in its sophomore session. At the top of the weekend box office is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock in Its Walls with an estimated $26.85 million. Heading into the weekend the expectation was for a debut in the low twenties as it wasn't quite clear whether this one could match the performance of the previous Jack Black kid-targeted family horror Goosebumps, but in fact it managed to outperform the 2015 release,
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David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction

David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction
If reports out of TIFF about Chris Pine's nude scene are correct, the Outlaw King himself is the perfect length, but the film overall? Just a bit too long. According to Deadline, director David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix historical epic after audiences at the festival responded poorly to the film's bloated runtime.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt," Mackenzie said, noting that the decision to head back into the editing room "was entirely my decision." The film—which follows the Scottish King
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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'

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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'
With filming for the upcoming Joker film underway on the streets of New York, paparazzi are posting loads of leaks from the set online. To counter it, director Todd Phillips released the first picture of Zazie Beetz’s character in the DC film, just days after unveiling how Joaquin Phoenix will look as the Clown Prince of Crime.

"We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots," bemoaned Phillips on Instagram. "So I figure, may as well put out some good ones."

The Deadpool 2 star will play Sophie Dumond, a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Gotham City. And by the looks of Beetz in Phillips’ picture, the struggle is clear, with Sophie gripping the collar of her mutely-colored sweater while sporting unkempt hair and a distant, downtrodden gaze.
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Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for "The Goldbergs"

Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for
For the first time in 15 years, veteran horror actor Robert Englund will don the sweater and claws of Freddy Krueger. Englund will reprise the role for a Halloween episode of ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs".

No, you're not dreaming. Old Freddy has come a long way since the extra crispy child-murderer first popped up in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Englund reprised the role over seven more movies, finally hanging up the claws for good — or so he said — after 2003's monster-mashup Freddy vs. Jason.
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Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final "Parts Unknown" Screening

Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final
The last voiceover Anthony Bourdain did for "Parts Unknown" was a fitting one.

As a packed, emotional house discovered at the Tribeca screening of the show’s upcoming Kenya episode — the twelfth and final season premiere featuring "United Shades of America" host W. Kamau Bell — Bourdain wanted to emphasize a point that has sometimes gotten lost in his work. “I do my best,” he said of his exploratory travel around the world. “I look, I listen. But in the end, I know it’s my story. Not Kamau’s, not Kenya’s. Those stories have yet to be heard.”

The coda, which airs after the credits on the episode, is one that not even his producers quite understood when Bourdain wrote it. “We didn’t have any idea what he was talking about,” said director Morgan Fallon, with a small laugh. But after Bourdain died, they revisited the tape and “it was almost uncanny.” (This episode marks the last time that Bourdain’s narration will be featured on the show.)
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‘Bodyguard’ Bows Out On a High Ahead of Netflix Launch

‘Bodyguard’ Bows Out On a High Ahead of Netflix Launch
Bodyguard” is the most popular U.K. drama since “Downton Abbey.” The red-hot scripted series bowed out on a high, Sunday, with 11 million viewers at its peak on BBC One, a whopping 47.9% audience share. Netflix is about to launch the series globally.

The Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and Keeley Hawes (“The Durrells”) drama went out the gate strong in the U.K., where it was the biggest scripted launch for a decade.

Aside from soccer, the ratings for the final episode make it the most-watched program of 2018 in Britain. It was the biggest drama across all channels since an
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San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Midnight Runner’

San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Midnight Runner’
In an era of reckoning that is rapidly running out of new ways to describe the evil men do, “toxic masculinity” has become all too familiar a buzz term. But it could hardly be more aptly applied to the simmering psychopath at the center of “Midnight Runner”: A clean-cut champion athlete who leads an escalating parallel life as a serial assaulter of women, he appears to be incrementally poisoned from the inside out by his most violent impulses, turning from dysfunctional to dangerous as the sepsis spreads. Fictionalizing and updating events that made Swiss headlines in the 1990s, Hannes Baumgartner’s stern, glass-gazed debut feature courts debate by assuming his point of view for much of its short, sharp running time — achieving a clinical kind of empathy in its attempt to penetrate the male predator’s psychology.

Unspooling in San Sebastián’s New Directors showcase before a home-turf premiere in Zurich,
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‘Operation Red Sea’ Floated as Hong Kong’s Oscar Contender

“Operation Red Sea,” the most successful film of the year at the mainland Chinese box office, has been selected by Hong Kong as its contender in the foreign-language Oscars category.

The selection was made by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong and announced on Monday.

A violent propaganda film in which the Chinese navy is mobilized to save a Chinese national held hostage in an unspecified African country, the film was directed on a $70 million budget by Hong Kong’s Dante Lam, credited on the picture as Lin Chaoxin.

The film was the come from behind hit of the crowded Chinese New Year period in February. It opened in third place with $72 million in its opening weekend, behind “Monster Hunt 2” and “Detective Chinatown 2.” But it went on to overtake both of them and score $576 million, the second highest figure ever achieved by a Chinese-language film.

It
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San Sebastian Festival Signs Gender Parity Pledge

San Sebastian — Spain’s San Sebastian Festival signed a pledge on gender parity Sunday, following in the footsteps of other major festivals in Europe such as Cannes, Locarno, Sarajevo and Venice.

San Sebastian Festival director José Luis Rebordinos made the commitment in the presence of Spanish deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo; the minister of culture and sport, José Guirao; the president of the festival’s board of directors and mayor of San Sebastian, Eneko Goi; and the president of Spain’s Assn. of Women Cineastes (Cima).

Speaking at a press conference, Rebordinos pointed out that in some executive areas, women’s presence is higher than men’s. The fest permanent staff is made up 82% of women; four of its seven board members are female, he noted.

In a recent statement, the fest announced that next year its film selection committee, currently five men and four women, will have a fifth female member,
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Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award

Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award
San Sebastian — At a ceremony held on Saturday evening inside San Sebastian’s iconic Kursaal theater, American actor, director, producer and you-name-it Danny DeVito received the Donostia Award, given in recognition of his decades-long contributions to film, TV and the stage.

Other recipients of the award this year are British actress Judy Dench and Japanese writer, director and producer Hirokazu Kore-eda.

For DeVito, it was his first trip to the Spanish coastal city, one he said he was thrilled to make.

“This is such an honor. You guys are really famous all over the world and it’s a real honor to receive (the Donostia award),” he said to kick off his press conference ahead of the award ceremony, scoring points with the scores of local journalists who packed the press hall.

His first anecdote on the day recalled a time in the early ‘90s when he read the script
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M-appeal Closes Sales on Pair of San Sebastian Titles (Exclusive)

M-appeal Closes Sales on Pair of San Sebastian Titles (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Berlin-based M-appeal has secured additional sales deals for two titles, Toronto’s Netpac winner “The Third Wife”; Bafici’s best Argentine picture winner “The Daughters of Fire,” both screening at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Ash Mayfair’s debut feature, “The Third Wife” is the 19th century tale of May, a girl of just 14 years old who is married off as the third wife of a wealthy land owner. Although just a child, May quickly realizes that her place in her new life can be elevated if she is able to bare a male child for her husband. On her journey, May comes to a stark realization; that the choices available to her are meager and scarce.

The film’s European premiere will be on Wednesday Sept 24 in San Sebastian before heading to Busan for its Asian premiere the first week of October. Having previously sold to the U.
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Hirokazu Kore-eda on ‘Shoplifters’ Polemics, Shooting in France

Hirokazu Kore-eda on ‘Shoplifters’ Polemics, Shooting in France
When Hirokazu Kore-eda returned to the San Sebastian International Film Festival to accept his Donostia Award on September 23rd, it marked a fitting bit of symmetry for a story that began twenty years earlier.

In 1998, Kore-eda arrived in San Sebastian a promising young upstart with his second feature, the bittersweet mortality drama “After Life,” playing in competition. A critical and audience favorite here, “After Life” helped cement the Japanese director’s reputation as one of the leading international auteurs.

Two decades later, the director returned celebrating another series of milestones, while his career was at another point of inflection. For one, Kore-eda’s stock has never been higher. This past March, his film “The Third Murder” swept the Japan Academy Prizes, taking home top honors in picture, director, screenplay and acting. Two months later, Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or for “Shoplifters,” becoming only the fourth Japanese filmmaker to win at Cannes.
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San Sebastian: Natalia Meschaninova on ‘Core of the World,’ Inhibited Masculinity

In one scene in Natalia Meschaninova’s “Core of the World,” animal rights activists free some caged foxes from a hunting dog training farm in the forests of Russia. A few days later, two of the foxes reappear at the farm and climb back into their cages: They cannot fend for themselves in the wild.

The narrative vignettes stands metaphor for Egor, the film’s protagonist, a 20something vet who lives at the farmsted’s outhouse and is in desperate need of a controlled environment with no complications after a past history of violent confrontation with his mother, whose funeral he refuses to attend.

When Belta, one of the dogs, is mauled by other dogs, he tends for her like his child. He’s hugely patient with Ivan, the attention-seeking young grandson of the farm owner. But it seems only a question of time and circumstance for his tight-wound violence to explode again.
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Former Dubai Film Festival Head Launches Middle East Film Consultancy Venture

Shivana Pandya Malhotra, the former managing director of the Dubai International Film Festival, has teamed with Emirati director Mohammed Saeed Harib to launch consultancy film NearEast Entertainment.

The new venture, which was announced at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, will be based in Dubai and aimed at serving the Middle East and North Africa, providing services to the film industry, alongside TV, music, arts and live event sectors. 

NearEast hopes to support Arab cinema by helping regional filmmakers secure financing, build connections with industry professionals and assist with publicity to give local titles a global audience. The ...
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Oscars: Hong Kong Selects 'Operation Red Sea' for Foreign-Language Category

The blockbuster in Mainland China, Operation Red Sea, has been selected to represent Hong Kong in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards, the Federation of Motion Film Producers Hong Kong announced.

Directed by Hong Kong helmer Dante Lam, Operation Red Sea leapt to the top of the Chinese box office when it opened in February 2018 to become the second highest grossing film of all time in China with $579.2 million. It faced a decidedly lukewarm reception in Hong Kong, though, and saw a disproportionately weaker performance of taking only $1.1 million in the special ...
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Creative Europe’s Media Program: 5 Pointers to Its Future

San Sebastian – One of the biggest single public-sector funding systems in Europe, the European Union’s Creative Europe-Media Program, is up for renewal. On May 30, the European Commission, the E.U.’s administrative arm, set out a proposal for renewed funding over 2021-27 of €1.85 billion. The program’s head, Spain’s Lucía Recalde, used the San Sebastian Festival on Sunday to talk through some of the new program’s ideas, emphases and timeline for approval.

Here are five takeaways from Recalde’s talk:

1. There’S No Success Like Success

Creative Europe’s Media Program, which funds E.U. film-tv-vidgame development, distribution, training and promotion, and production in the case of TV, would take the lion’s share of the new program, with a proposed €1.081 billion. One leitmotif runs through several key proposals: rewarding movie and shows’ success – for example, with a success bonus for movies and TV shows able to attract substantial audiences internationally.
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Gustavo Hernandez, Ignacio Cucucovich’s Mother Superior To Remake ‘Big Bad Wolves’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Gustavo Hernández and Ignacio Cucucovich’s Mother Superior, producer of Hernandez’s “La Casa Muda” and “You Shall Not Sleep,” has acquired Spanish-language remake rights to cult movie “Big Bad Wolves,” a film Quentin Tarantino described at Busan Festival in 2013 as best film of the year.

The move is sure to make waves with a long litany of potential producer partners, conjoining the talents of two of Latin America’s foremost genre pioneers with a movie which sparked some travel reviews and boasts the tonal shifts and social underbelly of much modern genre movies.

Directed by Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, produced by United Channels Movies (Ucm) and inspired in part, its directors maintained, by the movies of Tarantino himself and the Coen brothers, “Big Bad Wolves” turns on a vigilante cop out to snare the author of a series of brutal murders, a kind of
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San Sebastian: Latido Acquires Movies By Two First-time Latin American Female Directors (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — As many people talk the talk, some companies are walking the walk – acquiring and selling women’s films as part of a growing business.

In the latest move, announced Sunday at San Sebastian as the festival, the biggest in the Spanish-speaking world, signed a gender parity charter, Latido Films has acquired international rights to films by two first-time Latin American women filmmakers: Camila Urrutia’s “Polvora en el corazón,” and “La Casa de los Conejos,” from Valeria Selinger.

That’s not charity. Rather, it reflects Latido’s conviction there’s really a market for movies by striking new women directors, following on what it describes as “a string of successes,” headed by Chilean Pepa San Martín’s “Rara” and Colombian Laura Mora’s “Killing Jesús.”

“We do not look at the gender of a talented director, we look for talent,” said Latido director Antonio Saura.

But it’s no coincidence,
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Film Review: ‘Hidden Man’

Film Review: ‘Hidden Man’
If the delicacy of the English title, “Hidden Man,” makes you think that Chinese actor-director Jiang Wen (last seen by Western audiences in “Rogue One”) might have come over uncharacteristically restrained for the final installment of his action trilogy after 2010’s “Let the Bullets Fly” and 2014’s “Gone with the Bullets,” the seriocomic, gory beheadings and eviscerations that happen in the film’s first few minutes should disavow you. And if not that, perhaps the small boy running from the scene while burning alive? The sheer excess of this exuberant but also exhausting period blockbuster is much more accurately conveyed by its grandiose Chinese title, which roughly translates to “Evil Does Not Prevail Against Righteousness.” If it were “Evil Does Not Prevail Against Righteousness But It Takes a Very Long Time Not to Prevail,” it would be perfect.

The aforementioned burning boy survives the gory attack that opens the film
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Tokyo Game Show: Sony Delivers Huge Line-up for PlayStation 4

The good times are still rolling for Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) as the company displayed its extensive wares at the four-day Tokyo Game Show (Tgs), attended by a record nearly 300,000 visitors.

The PS4 was released at the end of 2013 and would normally be expected to be coming to the end of its lifecycle; but it continues to beat expectations and Sony is betting there is more to come with a big line-up at Asia's biggest gaming event, which finished Sunday.

"Compared to other consoles, the peak of sales was later, coming in 2016. We ...
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