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Ryan Hurst joining The Walking Dead: Spoilers about Beta

Ryan Hurst is joining The Walking Dead as Beta, an important character who could have a huge impact on the show’s storyline. Beta is going to have an important role as a member of The Whisperers. The leader of the Whisperers is a woman named Alpha, played by Samantha Morton. Thus viewers should expect quite a few scenes involving both Samantha Morton and Ryan Hurst in the near future. Who is Ryan Hurst on The Walking Dead? Hurst played Gerry Bertier in the classic movie Remember the Titans. He was one of the main characters of the film, who was involved […]

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San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Alpha, The Right to Kill’

  • Variety
Don’t come to “Alpha, The Right to Kill,” the latest rough-hewn slab of social realism from Filipino auteur Brillante Ma Mendoza, in search of revelations, either in form or content. A rumbling, street-pounding drug-war thriller, it’s far from the first film to paint cops and dealers on this beat as equally bent; a Mendoza joint that drags viewers brusquely through the ragged poverty and institutional corruption of modern Manila is hardly an unfamiliar proposition either. “Alpha” doesn’t profess to be anything new, however: There’s a bone-weary resignation to its worldview that underlines its simple moral point all the more effectively.

That said, this story of a Swat officer and a punkish informant’s fateful outside-the-law collaboration is Mendoza’s most propulsive and engrossing variation on his favored themes in some time. It’s also his most straight-up genre exercise to date — somewhat reminiscent of José Padilha
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'The Nun' holds off 'The Predator', 'Crazy Rich Asians' at UK box office

Four new films land in the top five.

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Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Sept 14-16) Running gross Week 1 The Nun (Warner Bros) £1.8m £7.7m 2 2 The Predator (20th Century Fox) £1.7m £2.6m 1 3 Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros) £1.6m £1.6m 1 4 King Of Thieves (Studiocanal) £1.5m £1.5m 1 5. The House With A Clock In Its Walls (eOne) £1.1m £1.1m P* Warner Bros

Us horror The Nun retained its place at the top of the tree this weekend, adding a further £1.8m for a cume of £7.7m after two weeks. The film is a spin-off of The Conjuring franchise,
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China Box Office: ‘L Storm’ Blows to $30 Million Opening

  • Variety
China Box Office: ‘L Storm’ Blows to $30 Million Opening
Hong Kong-made action-thriller “L Storm” topped the Chinese box office with an opening weekend score of $29.4 million. That gave it nearly 60% market share on another quiet weekend in Chinese theaters.

The weekend was characterized by the release of a large number of smaller titles into a window ahead of the Autumn Festival holiday blockbusters at the end of the month. Only “L Storm” made any significant impact, and was the third highest grossing film worldwide, according to ComScore.

The movie is a sequel to 2016 title “S Storm” and involves popular star Louis Koo as an anti-corruption investigator, this time apparently on the wrong side of the law. Directed by David Lam, it is produced by Raymond Wong’s Pegasus Films, and counts Huace Pictures, Wanda, and Er Dong Pictures as mainland Chinese co-producers. Data from Ent Group show it given a wide release, with over 120,000 screenings per day.

The top
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‘Alpha’ Has $3 Million Opening in China, Tails ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

  • Variety
‘Alpha’ Has $3 Million Opening in China, Tails ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’
Alpha,” the prehistoric survival tale from Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, earned $3.4 million on its opening day in China. That was good enough for second place behind holdover title “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.”

Data from local box office tracker Ent Group, showed that “Alpha” played some 67,000 screening sessions on its opening Friday. That gave it far from extraordinary $50.7 per session average income, better than all other top-10 titles bar “Fallout.” The Tom Cruise vehicle, directed by Albert Hughes, earned $7.58 million from 90,000 screenings on Friday. In its first full week in Chinese theaters, “Fallout” earned $105 million.

“Alpha” was released in North America on Aug. 17. To date it has grossed some $29.7 million on domestic release and $18.5 million in international markets.

Fully 80% of the B share capital of Robinov’s Studio 8 is owned by China’s Fosun International. Corporate control however, may lie with management through the weighted voting rights of the A share category.
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Memento scoops sales on Brillante Mendoza's 'Alpha, The Right To Kill' (exclusive)

Filipino filmmaker explores Manila crime underworld in new thriller.

Memento Films International (Mfi) has boarded sales on Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s Manila-set thriller Alpha, The Right To Kill, ahead of its world premiere in Competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival at the end of September.

Set against the backdrop of the Philippines government’s war on drugs, the thriller revolves around small-time pusher turned informant Elijah and corrupt police officer Espino. The pair provide intelligence for an operation to arrest one of Manila’s biggest drugs kingpins, Abel, in a hideout in the slums of Manila. The operation
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The Nun Vs. Peppermint: Which Wicked Lady Will Rule the Box Office?

  • MovieWeb
The Nun Vs. Peppermint: Which Wicked Lady Will Rule the Box Office?
Crazy Rich Asians is set to surrender the box office crown after winning its first three weekends. The romantic comedy had a great run, but there's a new future champion coming to town in the form of The Nun, which looks like it's going to scare up some serious business this weekend. The latest chapter in The Conjuring universe could very well post the best opening weekend for a movie set within Warner Bros. and New Line's very successful horror franchise. The action/thriller Peppermint and the faith-based God Bless the Broken Road will also debut this weekend.

The Nun has been advertised heavily on TV and online, but New Line opted to release just a single full-length trailer for the movie, which serves as a spin-off/prequel to The Conjuring 2 and will center on the demon nun Valak. That strategy looks like it's going to pay off,
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It's Going to be a 'Crazy Rich' Labor Day Weekend

It's Going to be a 'Crazy Rich' Labor Day Weekend
Look forward to another "crazy rich" weekend as the Labor Day holiday will push Crazy Rich Asians near (if not over) $120 million domestically. Meanwhile, Sony is expanding the reach of their cyber-thriller Searching after its limited debut last weekend while Lionsgate releases Kin and MGM's Operation Finale continues its roll-out following its Wednesday opening. Continuing the theme from the past two weekends, Warner Bros. is looking at the weekend's top two slots beginning with the smash hit Crazy Rich Asians, which has brought in over $86 million domestically in its first 15 days of release and is currently pacing ahead of films such as Bridesmaids and The Help at the same point in the release cycle. Now it's looking to push toward $120 million by the end of day Monday as we're currently anticipating a three-day in the same vicinity as last weekend, finishing around $25 million, followed by a Monday gross at
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Here Are the Outlooks of the Deals Between China and Hollywood

  • Variety
The flurry of deals between Hollywood and China from 2012-16 appeared to be born of mutual interest, matching Chinese money with U.S. movie-industry know-how. But the pacts varied wildly in scale and ambition. Returns on investment were weaker than anticipated. Hollywood studios were often unwilling to share their most lucrative franchises with their supposed partners. Other alliances have been overwritten by the changing tectonics of the industry. What’s clear is that Chinese firms have not been exposed as the latest in a line of ignorant investors. In many cases, the Chinese came to learn. They may have discovered that Hollywood is a tough place for outsiders. But, unlike the Japanese hardware companies, German dot-com boomers and Middle Eastern oilmen before them, the Chinese go home to a supercharged domestic industry. Here’s the outlook for some of the pacts that are still standing.

Universal/Perfect World

In a slate funding agreement,
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‘Alpha’ Is a Howling Good Time in a Theater Near You

There are certain earmarks for what makes a “bad” movie. And while these are by no means hard-and-fast rules that will definitely result in a cinematic dud, time and time again has proven that these are sound indicators of a troubled (and ultimately unsatisfactory) production. From bad trailers to constantly shifting release dates, Alpha (2018), a pre-historical drama about how the wolves were first tamed, seemed to have them all. But I love dogs as much as

‘Alpha’ Is a Howling Good Time in a Theater Near You
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MoviePass Expands Selections but ‘The Meg,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Absent From This Weekend’s Lineup

  • Variety
Struggling movie-subscription provider MoviePass keeps rejiggering the schedule of titles available to customers on certain days — in a bid to reduce its cash burn.

Over the next week, MoviePass is offering up to nine movies to choose from daily, whereas it told subscribers on Aug. 16 they’d be limited to six per day.

This weekend, MoviePass’s lineup includes Melissa McCarthy comedy “The Happytime Murders.” But it excludes the two biggest movies currently in theaters: “The Meg” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Other popular films in current release that are a no-show for MoviePass: Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” “Christoper Robin” and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

More important, note that many of the films on MoviePass’s schedule are in very limited release, so the number of movies customers are actually able to see in nearby theaters may be just one or two. The upcoming lineup includes such indie films as John Cho-starrer “Searching,
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"Alpha" - Man's Best Friend

  • SneakPeek
From VancouverFilm.Net, Sneak Peek more new images, plus footage from director Albert Hughes' 'caveman' historical drama "Alpha", starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén, that opened August 17, 2018 in 3D, real D 3D and IMAX:

"...after a 'Steppe' bison hunting expedition, 20,000 years ago in Europe during the 'Upper Paleolithic' period goes awry...

"...a young caveman struggles against the elements to find his way home...

"...all the while developing a friendship with a gray wolf, forging a tentative first bond between man and canine..."

Filming took place in Vancouver, Drumheller, Burnaby, Iceland and Dinosaur Provincial Park near Patricia, Alberta.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Alpha"...
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office
Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros.) scored an impressive #1 box office position, topping $25 million for the three-day weekend and a five-day total of $34 million. Strong word of mouth and huge Asian-American audience interest fueled the box office.

Its appeal to an underserved niche audience was key, but more than 60 percent of its initial audience wasn’t Asian-American. It also pulled broad female interest (about two thirds of attendees) in a romantic comedy after a recent void in the marketplace; “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” opened a month ago.

Timing helped “Crazy.” Theaters were due for a comedy geared to the strong majority female audience in domestic theaters. But overdue doesn’t begin to describe how underserved the large and burgeoning domestic Asian-American audience is for films. They mark eight percent of frequent moviegoers. In the past quarter century, American studios have released only two wide pictures with Asian casts (1993 contemporary U.
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Crazy Rich Asians Has Best Comedy Opening of 2018 with $25.2M Win

Warner Bros.' Crazy Rich Asians took the number one spot at this weekend's box office with $25.2 million, knocking The Meg down to number two. The film opened on Wednesday, and has taken in a total of $34 million over its initial five day run. Jon M. Chu's highly anticipated romantic comedy is the first all-Westernized Asian cast since 1993's The Joy Luck Club. In addition, it is the highest grossing comedy debut of the year thus far and the highest opening for a romantic comedy in three years at the box office. It has been reported that nearly 40 percent of this weekend's audience was Asian and over 40 percent were Caucasians.

Warner Bros.' The Meg kept its jaw clinched on the number two position in its second weekend, earning $21.1 million domestically. However, the giant prehistoric shark film held the number one spot on the worldwide box office chart, having
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'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short

'Crazy Rich Asians' Delivers $34M Five-Day Opening; 'Mile 22' & 'Alpha' Fall Short
August may be a notoriously slow month at the box office, but Warner Bros. has now delivered back-to-back strong performers. Last weekend The Meg topped all expectations and continued its strong global performance this weekend, while the new release of Crazy Rich Asians delivered an estimated $34 million in its first five days of release. Between the two films, WB secured the weekend's top two spots, and helped deliver the third straight August weekend this year to top the same weekend last year. Unfortunately, the weekend's two other new wide releases, Stx's Mile 22 and Sony's Alpha, weren't able to have such splashy debuts. With an estimated $34 million, Crazy Rich Asians topped industry expectations and came up just shy of Mojo's aggressive, pre-weekend forecast. The film is having a profound impact as the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago and word
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Rolls Up No. 1 at Box Office With $34 Million 5-Day Opening

  • The Wrap
With the help of excited Asian-American audiences, Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” has posted the biggest opening for a romantic comedy in three years with a $25 million weekend total and a $34 million five-day opening from 3,384 screens, beating tracker expectations.

With a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and an A on CinemaScore, Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-seller has earned acclaim both as a fun rom-com and as a rallying cry for Asian-Americans looking for more representation in media.

While the MPAA reports that Asian audiences account on average for about 6 percent of total domestic grosses last year, they accounted for 40 percent of this film’s opening weekend audience, according to comScore’s PostTrak, a demographic share unheard of for a Hollywood film.

Also Read: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Proves Power of Women at Box Office

And with a $30 million budget, “Crazy Rich Asians” is
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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Dazzles With $34 Million Five-Day Opening

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Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Dazzles With $34 Million Five-Day Opening
Crazy Rich Asians” has something to party about.

Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated romantic comedy launched above expectations with a five-day tally of $34 million when it opened in 3,384 locations. With a three-day weekend total of $25.3 million, “Crazy Rich Asians” swam by fellow Warner Bros. title “The Meg,” which earned $21.5 million in its sophomore frame. The shark thriller has amassed over $84 million in North America and $300 million worldwide.

Jon M. Chu’s acclaimed movie — the first studio film in over 25 years since 1993’s “Joy Luck Club” to feature a nearly all Asian-American cast — carries a modest $30 million budget. Enthusiasm has been strong for “Crazy Rich Asians,” which arrives as Hollywood is being pressured to feature greater diversity on screen. It holds a strong 93% certified fresh rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, along with an A CinemaScore.

“Word of mouth is everything,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution, said of the film’s better-than-expected launch.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Top ‘The Meg’s’ Second Weekend

  • Variety
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to Top ‘The Meg’s’ Second Weekend
Crazy Rich Asians” is heading for a glamorous first weekend with an estimated $22 million from 3,384 North American locations.

The Warner Bros. film debuted August 15 and has already racked up $16 million. Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, and Michelle Yeoh star in the Asian-led pic, the first of its kind since 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club.”

Crazy Rich Asians” currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 92% certified fresh and an A CinemaScore. Jon M. Chu directed from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.

“The Meg’s” sophomore frame should come in second place with around $19 million from 4,118 domestic sites. The Jason Statham-starrer debuted to $45 million last weekend and has reeled in an additional $23 million since.

Statham stars as a scientist attempting to defend a beach from a prehistoric, 75-foot Megalodon shark. The Warner Bros. flick has also earned $154 million overseas.

STXfilms’ “Mile 22,” starring Mark Wahlberg, should bring in an
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on Track to Top ‘The Meg’ at Box Office

  • The Wrap
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on Track to Top ‘The Meg’ at Box Office
Warner Bros. will have a 1-2 finish at the box office this weekend as their acclaimed romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” is estimated to hold off their monster movie “The Meg.”

Both films are looking at weekend totals in the low $20 million range, with “Crazy Rich Asians” projected by industry estimates to take the top spot with $22 million in its opening weekend.

Released on 3,384 screens on Wednesday, Jon M. Chu’s acclaimed romantic comedy made $8.7 million in its first two days in theaters and added $7.2 million on Friday for a $16 million three-day total and an estimated $31 million five-day opening against a $30 million budget.

Also Read: Ballin' on a Budget: How 'Crazy Rich Asians' Made Mega-Rich World for $30 Million

While independent trackers expected a $25 million five-day start, analysts told TheWrap early this past week that $30+ million was very likely, making this the best opening for a romantic comedy since the three-day,
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Movie Review Talk: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Alpha’, and ‘Juliet, Naked’

Welcome to the latest episode of Movie Review Talk with Scott Mantz! On this episode, Scott, Wendy Lee Szany, and Michael Jay Lee are discussing three new releases – Crazy Rich Asians, Juliet, Naked, and Alpha. The critics also give their thoughts on the Deadpool 2 Blu-ray that is coming out on digital and Blu-ray soon. Crazy Rich Asians is directed by John M. Chu and is based on the book by Kevin Kwan. The film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkafina, and Ken Jeong. It follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime …
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