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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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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 3o, 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. Following, five takes:

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: A proposed €1.081 billion. One leitmotif runs through several key proposals: Rewarding movie and shows’ success: A success bonus could be introduced for movies and TV shows able to attract substantial audiences internationally, for instance.
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Gustavo Hernández, 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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Oscars: South Africa Selects 'Sew the Winter to My Skin' for Foreign-Language Category

South Africa has selected Sew the Winter to My Skin as its submission for the best foreign-language film category for the Oscars.

Directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Sew the Winter to My Skin is a Western-style epic centered on John Kepe, a legendary outlaw who achieved folk hero status in pre-apartheid South Africa.

"Qubeka's largely wordless, diffuse, time-scrambled narrative feels willfully confusing at first, but it rewards patient viewers with its sensory riches and hypnotic rhythms," The Hollywood Reporter wrote in its review. "The effect is somewhat reminiscent of Terrence Malick's latterday oeuvre,...
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‘The Deuce’ Recap: It’s (Still) A Man’s World

‘The Deuce’ Recap: It’s (Still) A Man’s World
A review of this week’s The Deuce coming up just as soon as we measure for drapes…

“Don’t forget what you are.” -Cc

“Seven-Fifty” opens in similar territory to last week’s “There’s An Art To This,” with a pimp visiting a local transportation hub and being revealed as less confident and in control as he seems. This time out, it’s Cc turning shockingly vulnerable and childlike at the prospect of having to get on an airplane for the first time. He decides to let Lori
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Michelle Guthrie Fired From Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Michelle Guthrie Fired From Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Michelle Guthrie, one of the highest profile women executives in international television, has been fired as managing director of public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She was less than two and a half years into a five-year contract.

ABC board chairman Justin Milne said that the decision was “in the long term interests of our people and the millions of Australians who engage with ABC content every week.” n a statement the directors said they had decided it was “not in the best interests of the ABC for Ms Guthrie to continue to lead the organization.”

“We needed a different
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Bryan Cranston Reveals How He Pitched His 'Drive' Character's Fate

Bryan Cranston Reveals How He Pitched His 'Drive' Character's Fate
Bryan Cranston opened up about his process as an actor in a talk at this year's Tribeca TV Festival.

The majority of his hourlong conversation with New York magazine film critic David Edelstein on Saturday revolved around how the Emmy-winner decided that performing was right for him, with Cranston sharing previously told anecdotes about how he envisioned his own daughter's face when he was watching Jane (Krysten Ritter) die in a memorable Breaking Bad scene and how the scene was originally written to have Cranston's Walter White kill Jane before the network and studio deemed the act "too soon" in ...
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‘The Chaperone’ Film Review: Jazz Era Coming-of-Age Story Could Use More Flap

‘The Chaperone’ Film Review: Jazz Era Coming-of-Age Story Could Use More Flap
Written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, “The Chaperone” appears to be targeting men and women above the age of 60. And while that’s a demographic as worthy of attention as any, those same viewers deserve a theatrical experience that doesn’t feel created for small-screen tidiness and flatness.

Adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, “The Chaperone” follows the rise of silent-film star Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson). But before acting, it was dancing, first in Kansas, where Louise was born and raised, and then in New York City. The film spends most of its time on Louise’s summer adventure in the big city, where she is accompanied by Norma (Elizabeth McGovern), the titular caretaker.

Their dynamic is probably what you expect from a coming-of-age period drama: Louise is young and free-spirited, eager to be away from her cookie-cutter small town. She’s a skilled dancer and knows it.
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‘9-1-1’ Chief Talks Super-Sized ’70s Disaster Movie’-Style Premiere, Rescuing ‘Awful People’ in Season 2

“9-1-1” closed its second season premiere Sunday night by teasing the largest-scale emergency the Fox drama has tackled yet — and a realistic fear for anyone who has ever lived in Los Angeles: a 7.1 earthquake.

After spending an hour bringing us all up to speed with Bobby (Peter Krause), Athena (Angela Bassett), Buck (Oliver Stark), Hen (Aisha Hinds) and Howie (Kenneth Choi) and introducing new team member Eddie Diaz (Ryan Guzman) and Buck’s sister Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), the first part of the two-night Season 2 debut closed with L.A. about to descend into chaos, thanks to the natural disaster.

And showrunner Tim Minear tells TheWrap tomorrow’s episode is just the crazy start to a two-part tale he compares to a feature-length film.

Also Read: '9-1-1' Showrunner on Jennifer Love Hewitt's Big Entrance and if We'll Be Waiting for Abby Forever

“The big earthquake hits
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Film Review: ‘Good Girls Get High’

Film Review: ‘Good Girls Get High’
For the most part, successful teen comedies follow a tried and true formula. Memorable high school movies typically feature characters who feel like outsiders floundering hilariously en route to the revelation that simply by being themselves, they’ll find what’s eluded them for so long. John Hughes knew it well, as did his imitators, realizing that even small deviations can be enough to refresh the genre for a new generation. Full of charm, humor, and heart, director Laura Terruso’s “Good Girls Get High” mixes it up, delivering a “high” concept comedy in which the two kids least likely to go astray do exactly that.

High school senior Sam Jensen (Abby Quinn) and her best friend Danielle Compton (Stefanie Scott) have always lived by the rules. While the rest of their classmates were out doing the crazy, stupid things normal teens do, the two overachieving co-valedictorians were either crushing their extracurriculars,
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Fantastic Fest Film Review: ‘Overlord’

In case there are any young folks out there who aren’t convinced that the Nazis were bad — shockingly, there still seem to be stragglers — here stomps Julius Avery’s World War II thriller “Overlord,” a blast of righteous rage in which a group of good American boys avenge themselves against an SS goon squad made of child torturers, corpse defilers, icon-burners, murderers, and rapists. These Germans even spit on baseballs.

Overlord” is a jingoistic throwback to a time of moral clarity when there weren’t very fine people on both sides, adapted for an audience that likes its action movies to be structured like video games, with Private Boyce (Jovan Adepo) creeping down brick hallways like he’s in a first-person shooter, pausing to pick up clues. Novel? Not especially. “Overlord” works best as a patriotism booster shot — it’s “Inglourious Basterds” without a swizzle of irony. But at its Fantastic Fest premiere,
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Alyssa Milano Reveals Sexual Assault as Teenager and Why She Didn’t Report It

Alyssa Milano Reveals Sexual Assault as Teenager and Why She Didn’t Report It
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano showed her support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford Sunday, explaining in an essay why she also remained silent for decades about being sexually assaulted when she was a teenager.

“The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump’s hate. The lives of survivors will always be more important than Brett Kavanaugh’s career,” Milano wrote in an essay posted on Vox on Sunday.

“It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends. It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened. I never filed a police report. I never told officials. I never tried to find justice for my pain because justice was never an option.”

Also Read: Alyssa Milano Tells Donald Trump to 'Listen the F-- Up' About Sexual Assault Reporting

Milano was
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Laurie Mitchell, Villainess in 'Queen of Outer Space,' Dies at 90

Laurie Mitchell, Villainess in 'Queen of Outer Space,' Dies at 90
Laurie Mitchell, who portrayed the villainess who faces off against Zsa Zsa Gabor on the planet Venus in the campy 1958 sci-fi classic Queen of Outer Space, has died. She was 90.

Mitchell died Thursday of natural causes at a long-term care facility in Perris, California, author and horror/sci-fi movie aficionado Tom Weaver reported.

In Allied Artists Pictures' low-budget Queen of Outer Space, based on an idea from two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Ben Hecht, four men from Earth on the way to a space station crash on Venus in the year 1985, when the "age of space travel begins."

The crew are ...
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China Box Office: ‘Golden Job’ Heist Movie Steals Weekend

China Box Office: ‘Golden Job’ Heist Movie Steals Weekend
“The Golden Job,” a Hong Kong action film that revives the 1980s “Young & Dangerous” action franchise, topped the mainland Chinese box office over the weekend. Directed by Eric Tsang, it earned a respectable $22.7 million in its opening three days, for a 34% share of a lowball pre-holiday weekend.

Second place went to Chinese romance “Cry Me A Sad River.” It scored $11.2 million, according to data from Ent Group

Last week’s box office winner, another Hong Kong picture, “L Storm” dropped to third place with $9.20 million over the weekend. That lifted its 10-day cumulative score to $53.9 million.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” earned $6.87 million for fourth place. Its cumulative 24-day gross is $174 million, making it the fourth most successful Hollywood film in China this year, and the 11th ranking film of the year.

“Ash is Purest White,” the Jia Zhangke-directed low-life drama that played in competition in Cannes in May, took fifth place.
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