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Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ on Top for Sixth Weekend

Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ on Top for Sixth Weekend
Tokyo — Makoto Shinkai’s animated smash “Your Name” has won its sixth successive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the Oct. 1-2 frame the Toho-distributed film earned $ 7.8 million on 650,000 admissions. That represents only an 8% percent drop from the previous weekend, while the film’s cumulative total soared to $126 million.

This exceeds the $119 million recorded by “The Wind Rises” (2013), the last feature by retired animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki and makes the 43-year-old Shinkai most promising animation box office successor. Miyazaki’s 2001 “Spirited Away” holds the all-time Japanese box office record.

Last week’s number two, Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” and number three, the local animation “A Silent Voice,” both retained their ranks. Playing on 120 screens with Shochiku distributing, “Voice” drove its cumulative total past the $10 million mark after only 12 days on release.

Highest ranking among the new releases, at number four, was Hitoshi One’s comedy “Scoop!” Set in the
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Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Heads For Record Books, Wins Fourth Weekend

Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Heads For Record Books, Wins Fourth Weekend
Tokyo — The smash Makoto Shinkai animation “Your Name” won its fourth successive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the Sept. 17-18 weekend, the Toho-distributed film earned $10.6 million. As of Sept. 19 its cumulative total had reached $89 million from 6.9 million admissions. At this rate, “Your Name” will easily pass the $100 million mark.

Bowing at number two was “A Silent Voice,” an animated drama based on a popular comic about seven teens who unite to make a film while resolving issues from their pasts. Directed by Naoko Yamada and distributed by Shochiku, the film recorded $2.8 million on 200,000 admissions.

Debuting at number three was the Lee Sang-il mystery drama “Rage.” Based on a best-selling novel by Shuichi Yoshida about three young male suspects in a murder case, the film opened on 324 screens with Toho distributing. Its first weekend score of $2.3 million was just short of the opening for Lee’s 2010 hit “Villain,” which
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Rising stars, Film4, BFI, WestEnd team for 'Old Boys'

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Exclusive: Alex Lawther, Pauline Étienne, Jonah Hauer-King lead cast on UK comedy; first image revealed.

WestEnd Films has boarded world sales ahead of Cannes on Film4 and BFI-backed UK comedy Old Boys (working title), which features rising stars including The Imitation Game actor Alex Lawther and The Nun lead Pauline Étienne, who makes her English-language debut.

Production wraps this weekend on Toby MacDonald’s under-the-radar coming-of-age feature debut, which has been filming in locations across Sussex, UK.

Also starring are Jonah Hauer-King, currently filming opposite Bel Powley in Ashes In The Snow, Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds) and Joshua McGuire (Mr. Turner).

Inspired by Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, the film is written by The Bad Education Movie co-writer Freddy Syborn and is produced by first-timer Luke Morris.

In the school-set re-working of Cyrano, an awkward but imaginative pupil (Lawther) helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero (Hauer-King) pursue the fiery daughter (Étienne) of a visiting
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Rising stars, Film4, WestEnd team for 'Old Boys'

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Alex Lawther, Pauline Étienne, Jonah Hauer-King lead cast on UK comedy; first image revealed.

WestEnd Films has boarded world sales ahead of Cannes on Film4 and BFI-backed UK comedy Old Boys (working title), which features rising stars including The Imitation Game actor Alex Lawther and The Nun lead Pauline Étienne, who makes her English-language debut.

Production wraps this weekend on Toby MacDonald’s under-the-radar coming-of-age feature debut, which has been filming in locations across Sussex, UK.

Also starring are Jonah Hauer-King, currently filming opposite Bel Powley in Ashes In The Snow, Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds) and Joshua McGuire (Mr. Turner).

Inspired by Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, the film is written by The Bad Education Movie co-writer Freddy Syborn and is produced by first-timer Luke Morris.

In the school-set re-working of Cyrano, an awkward but imaginative pupil (Lawther) helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero (Hauer-King) pursue the fiery daughter (Étienne) of a visiting
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Film Review: ‘Ogres’

The traveling theater troupe depicted in the colorful French drama “Ogres” idolizes the breaking down of conventional boundaries, presenting Chekhov in cabaret format nightly in different locations. Their compulsive worship of freedom above all else also applies to their personal lives: Messy intergenerational entanglements are what drive sophomore helmer Lea Fehner’s character study of this loose band of free spirits. A leisurely running time and limited international name appeal — the presence of rising star Adele Haenel notwithstanding — may make the film a moderately tough sell outside of France, but an audience award at Rotterdam signals that this is an absorbing and accessible watch; domestic prospects seem rosy.

“Ogres” is a family affair in more ways than one. Starring Fehner’s real-life mother, father and sister alongside half a dozen actors of mixed experience, it is about families both biological and circumstantial. Interrogating the tightly knit bonds that both cradle
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Actor Gregory Peck has died of natural causes, aged 87

Actor Gregory Peck has died of natural causes, aged 87
Oscar®-winning actor Gregory Peck, who just recently topped the American Film Institute's list of all-time cinematic heroes for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, died overnight of undisclosed causes at his home in Los Angeles; he was 87. A tall actor of quiet grace and dignity whose rugged good looks belied a talent for inhabiting numerous characters, Peck planned on becoming a doctor before turning to Broadway in 1942. Two years later, he achieved instant stardom with his role as a priest in The Keys of the Kingdom, which garnered the California-born actor his first Academy Award nomination. A string of critically and commercially successful films followed, including Spellbound, The Yearling, Gentlemen's Agreement and Twelve O'Clock High; the `50s saw Peck take on lead roles in Captain Horatio Hornblower, Roman Holiday and Moby Dick, among others. After four Oscar nominations, Peck finally won the Best Actor honor in 1962 for his stirring portrayal of lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the role that best embodied his screen persona. A champion of liberal causes and president of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences during the late 1960s, Peck was also honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award in 1967. His later films included The Omen, The Boys from Brazil, and Amazing Grace and Chuck. Peck is survived by his wife, Veronique, and four children. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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