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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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Film Review: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

  • Variety
After going from 8-bit zero to arcade hero during his original outing, Wreck-It Ralph levels up in a big way with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” an ambitious, all-around-satisfying sequel to Walt Disney Animation’s wonderfully outside-the-box smash that ranks among the studio’s very best toons: It’s a poignant buddy movie that’s sincere in all the right places but knows better than to take itself too seriously. While the 2012 project was an inspired example of easily expandable world-building, this more-clever-than-expected follow-up skips the obvious next step — simply exploring the other games that share the same power strip — and sets out to conquer the relative vastness of cyberspace instead.

That’s a lofty goal for any sequel, further complicated by the fact that reformed bad guy Ralph (voiced by lovable lug John C. Reilly) has made friends with fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), which calls for an all-new dynamic.
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Kin Arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 20th

An otherworldly vision comes home when Kin arrives on Digital November 6 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand November 20 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company.

An otherworldly vision comes home when Kin arrives on Digital November 6 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand November 20 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. From the producers of Arrival and TV’s “Stranger Things”, this riveting film follows a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother who find themselves on the run from a vengeful criminal, the feds, and a group of relentless soliders, with only a mysterious and powerful weapon at their side. An emotional sci-fi story about family, adulthood, mystery, and time, Kin stars Jack Reynor, Teen Choice Award nominee Zoë Kravitz,
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Review: Muse Get Lost in the Eighties on ‘Simulation Theory’

The first LP from Muse since their 2015 album Drones is a throwback to the first seven years of the Eighties. The tom-toms are cavernous like a Jan Hammer or Phil Collins production on the Miami Vice soundtrack. The dystopian, technophobic action movie narrative seems in the same vein as films like The Running Man and The Terminator. A band that’s logged nearly 20 years in the major label rock sphere, Muse mixed Radiohead’s alt-rock shirt-pullers with Queen’s triumphant heft in epic jams about theoretical physics, systems science and environmental philosophy.
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Warner Bros. Buys Rights to Sci-Fi Dystopia Novels

David Crow Nov 9, 2018

WB buys rights to new dystopia series, Fka USA, that imagines a fallen United States after climate change and "the final president."

The future is coming and it looks bleak. Yes, that could be the analysis of more than 97 percent of scientists in the world, but it’s also the take of Fka USA, a book series that hasn’t even launched, yet has already seen its rights sold to Warner Bros. for a reported seven-figure sum. The news was broken by Deadline that WB has bought the rights to Reed King’s dystopic view of the future in Fka USA, a book series that will debut in a novel of the same name in June 2019.

Published by Amy Einhorn and Flatiron books, Fka USA is set in a tomorrow where where environmental disasters and “the catastrophic policies” of the United States’ final president has led to the disintegration of the union.
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Warner Bros. Takes Film Rights To Reed King’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Fka USA’ In Seven-Figure Deal

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Warner Bros. has purchased the feature film rights to Reed King’s upcoming dystopian novel Fka USA in a seven-figure deal. The novel is being published by Amy Einhorn of Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, in June of 2019.

Fka USA imagines a United States where, in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies of its final president, the Fifty States have seceded and given way to a series of lawless territories. The story centers on four characters – a factory worker in Crunchtown 407, a talking goat, an android who wants to be human, and a former convict lobotomized in Texas – who are unexpectedly entrusted with a sensitive political mission on which the fate of the world may just depend. The sci-fi novel is described as being reminiscent of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Wizard of Oz, and Ready Player One.
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Black Panther’s Letitia Wright to star in Le Brio remake

Variety is reporting that Black Panther star Letitia Wright is set to executive produce and star in a remake of the Cesar-nominated French comedy drama Le Brio, which is being produced by Dimitri Rassam (The Little Prince) and John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Company.

The 2017 film revolves around the relationship between a young French-Arab woman from an underprivileged neighbourhood and a brilliant but prejudiced professor who is forced to coach her for an annual speech contest. Wright will take on the role of the female lead in the remake, which will “explore the complex relationship between a student and a professor who come from different ethnic and social backgrounds”, although it will drop the speech competition angle.

“With Get Lifted Film Company’s great creative input, the remake will have more of a political bend than the French film to reflect the current tense climate and race relations in U.
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2018 Box Office Is Even Breaking Records for 4Dx Theaters

  • The Wrap
2018 Box Office Is Even Breaking Records for 4Dx Theaters
The record-breaking business at the box office this year is even setting new heights for the premium movie theater company 4Dx, which has seen moviegoers turn out to see the biggest blockbusters of the year in their 4-d cinemas to the tune of over $250 million.

On Tuesday, 4Dx announced that it hit the quarter-billion mark for the first time in its nine-year history thanks to its support of some of the top grossing blockbusters of the year.

Among the films that were presented in 4Dx’s moving-chair, water-spraying theaters were “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” “The Meg,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” and “Ready Player One.” Those seven films combined to account for half of 4Dx’s annual grosses, with “Fallen Kingdom” leading the way with a company record $31 million grossed.

Also Read: 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms': 4 Reasons Why It Cracked at
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Simon Pegg and Kate Mara Team for High-Stakes Thriller The Inheritance

Simon Pegg and Kate Mara Team for High-Stakes Thriller The Inheritance
Simon Pegg has been coasting on his geek charm for close to two decades now, and when he's not taking on a role that will play near and dear to his fans' hearts, he's taking on an interesting character in something quite unexpected. As is the case with The Inheritance, which sounds like it will leave audiences on the edge of their seat. He's joined by Kate Mara in this thriller that is gearing up to shoot sometime next year.

Highland Film Group announced today that Kate Mara and Simon Pegg are in negotiations to star in the high-stakes thriller Inheritance, with British helmer Vaughn Stein directing, fresh off his recent work with Pegg and Margot Robbie in his noir thriller Terminal.

Matthew Kennedy penned script, and Richard B. Lewis is producing through his Southpaw Entertainment banner alongside David Wulf (upcoming The Night Clerk) of WulfPak Productions, and Convergent Media
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Kate Mara, Simon Pegg to Star in Thriller ‘Inheritance’

  • Variety
Kate Mara, Simon Pegg to Star in Thriller ‘Inheritance’
Kate Mara and Simon Pegg are in negotiations to star in the independent thriller “Inheritance” with British director Vaughn Stein attached.

The film explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.

Highland Film Group launched foreign sales at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. this week. UTA and Highland Film Group are co-repping the U.S. rights.

Matthew Kennedy wrote the script, and Richard B. Lewis is producing through his Southpaw Entertainment banner alongside David Wulf of WulfPak Productions, and Convergent Media’s Dan Reardon and Santosh Govindaraju.

Inheritance” is Highland’s second collaboration with Stein; it previously partnered on his debut film “Terminal,” which was released earlier this year.

Mara’s credits include Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” “Meagan Leavey” and “Chappaquidick.
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‘Kin’ 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

Directors Jonathan and Josh Baker's Sci-fi thriller Kin is coming to Digital on November 6th with a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release slated for two weeks later on November 20th.

Kin stars Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis QuaidJames Franco and Myles Truitt. It had a limited theatrical release and earned just under $10 million at the global box office.

The 4K edition of Kin will feature Dolby Vision Hdr and DTS:x audio.

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have packed in over 5 hours worth of Kin bonus features:

Audio Commentary with co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and screenwriter Daniel Casey

"Thicker Than Water: The Making of Kin" 8-Part Documentary

"Enhanced Visual FX Breakdown" Featurette

"Bag Man: Original Short" with optional audio commentary by co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker

10 Deleted Scenes

"Learned Behavoir: Special Features at Work" hour-long round table discussion between Jonathan and Josh Baker and reknown filmmakers including 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg,
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Hereford Films Announce ‘Krays’ Sequel ‘Marked For Death’

Following on from the phenomenal success of this year’s The Krays – Dean Man Walking, Hereford Films has announced a follow-up – The Krays 2 – Marked For Death.

Credit: Hereford Films

According to an official press release, received from Hereford this morning, the film will focus on another untold chapter of the notorious twins’ lives: their run-in with former boxer Freddie Mills, who was suspected of being the serial killer known as ‘Jack The Stripper’ and who some say paid the Krays to murder him and make it look like suicide. Hereford will cast a ‘guest star’ as Mills, similar to Rita Simons’ starring role in the first film and casting is underway.

Producer Adam Stephen Kelly commented, “the formula for the first film – picking a previously untold story from the Krays’ lives and casting a significant guest star to anchor it – worked incredibly well and so we are repeating it. So
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Steve Mosko Tapped as Village Roadshow Entertainment CEO

  • Variety
Veteran television executive Steve Mosko has been tapped to lead Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.

The newly minted chief executive officer will replace Greg Basser, who is leaving Village Roadshow after three decades. In a release announcing Mosko’s hire, the company said Basser is stepping down to pursue other opportunities. Bruce Berman, Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO, will remain in his position overseeing the company’s film efforts. He will report to Mosko.

Mosko is best known for his 16-year stint as the chairman of Sony Pictures Television. His appointment is something of a surprise. He had been working with Jeff Robinov, the former head of Warner Bros. film studio, to revive Studio 8, Robinov’s floundering entertainment company. Mosko had been expected to oversee Studio 8’s television efforts. Studio 8’s future is unclear. It has only managed to release a handful of films, such as the box
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Steve Mosko Lands At Village Roadshow Entertainment Group As CEO

  • Deadline
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group has named former Sony Pictures TV boss Steve Mosko as its CEO, as the production and financing company looks to further push into TV and streaming. Bruce Berman, currently Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO, will remain in his position and report to Mosko.

As part of the announcement Thursday, Village Roadshow said Greg Basser, the current CEO who co-founded Vreg and Village Roadshow Pictures 20 years ago this month, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities. He will remain as a consultant for Perfect Village Entertainment, the company’s film and TV production venture in China with Perfect World Pictures and Wme-img that launched last year.

The moves come after Vreg in April 2017 sold a controlling interest to then-financial partners Vine Alternative Investments and Falcon Investment Advisors. Vine CEO Jim Moore took over as chairman, with the goal to grow the company by increasing its
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ on Pace to Match Original’s Opening Weekend

  • The Wrap
The first round of box office tracking is in for Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” and early tracking shows the film has a strong chance to match the opening weekend of its 2016 predecessor.

As is common with big releases, estimates from trackers vary. One tracker is currently projecting an opening of $63 million, while another is projecting the sequel to come close to the first “Fantastic Beasts” opening of $74.4 million.

But with three weeks until the film’s release, there’s a lot of potential for the film to gain more buzz among Harry Potter fans. While the first film’s marketing focused on what separated this new installment of J.K. Rowling’s “Wizarding World” from the Potter series — new characters, new creatures and a magical New York — this film is being treated more as a prequel to Rowling’s legendary boy wizard saga.

Also Read: Johnny Depp
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Warner Bros International Marketing President Lynne Frank To Exit

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Lynne Frank, Warner Bros’ President of International Marketing and Worldwide Planning and Operations, is leaving the studio at the end of the year to pursue new opportunities.

She will continue to oversee the international campaigns for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Creed II (which Warners has Canada and overseas on) and Aquaman.

Frank joined Warners’ international film operations in 2010 as Evp International Marketing and worked on such franchises as The Hobbit, the DC, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts canon, and New Line’s horror universe, as well as this year’s Ready Player One, Rampage, Ocean’s 8, The Meg, A Star Is Born and The Nun. She has been key at the studio in regards to her expertise with China, which continues to grow in its cinematic footprint.

Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros Pictures Group and Warner Bros Home Entertainment said in a statement, “Lynne’s a very talented executive,
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Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance join Johnny Depp’s ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

  • HeyUGuys
Both Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance will be starring opposite Johnny Depp in Depp’s adaptation of ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’.

As well as starring in the movie, Depp will develop and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production.

The film is an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name and tells the story of the crisis of conscience of a magistrate from a small colonial town after he witnesses the cruel treatment of prisoners of war.

The film will be directed by Embrace of the Serpent’s Ciro Guerra, Andrea Iervolino will also produce alongside Depp for the recently launched social entertainment platform TaTaTu.

“In this era of democratized entertainment, I admire the imaginative ethos of Andrea and look forward to collaborating together in a liberating, progressive manner that will befit the principals of our respective entities,” Depp said.

Iervolino said, “Johnny has the ability to conceptualize
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Paramount's "Rom: Spaceknight"

  • SneakPeek
Screenwiter Zak Penn ("Ready Player One") continues developing a screenplay adaptation of the Hasbro (Parker Bros) toy and subsequent Marvel Comics/Idw series "Rom: Spaceknight", for Allspark Pictures and Paramount:

"...the first comic book series follows 'Rom', an earthbound 'cyborg' from a utopian society on the planet 'Galador', his defeat by the invading 'Dire Wraith' alien race and the continuation of their battle on Earth. 

"Unlike the technologically advanced 'Galadorian' civilization, the Dire Wraiths rely primarily on dark magic and their power to change their appearance.

"Years before Rom's arrival on Earth, Galador is threatened by a fleet of ships manned by the Dire Wraiths. Galador's ruler, the 'Prime Director', calls for volunteers to be transformed into 'Spaceknights', cyborg warriors that can defend the planet from the invaders.

"The volunteers are promised that their 'humanity' (body parts) would be removed to accommodate 'bionic' armor. then preserved and restored after the danger was over.
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Robin Hood poster features Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan and Ben Mendelsohn

A new poster for Robin Hood has arrived online. The new film is the latest retelling of the legendary English outlaw from director Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror) and stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver), Eve Hewson (Bridge of Spies), Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Ben Mendelsohn (Ready Player One). Check out the poster here…

See Also: Watch the latest Robin Hood trailer here

Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

Robin Hood is scheduled for release on November 21st.

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees

  • Variety
‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nominees
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, recognizing music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and trailers, today announced nominees for its 2018 edition. Among the nominates films are Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Quincy,” and more.

The ceremony will feature presentations, performances, and a special achievement award. Past honorees include Diane Warren, Smokey Robinson, and Glen Campbell.

Hmma nominations are selected by an advisory board and selection committee which includes journalists, music executives, music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, Naras, and performing rights organizations.

The awards will be held at the Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, Nov. 14. A portion of proceeds benefit Education Through Music – Los Angeles.

A list of the visual media nominees are below:

Original Score – Feature Film

Alexandre Desplat – “The Sisters Brothers” (Annapurna)

Carter Burwell – “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
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