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China Box Office: 'Kingsman 2' Wins Weekend With $40M, 'Never Say Die' Crosses $300M

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox's spy sequel The Kingsman: Golden Circle debuted to a strong $40.3 million at the Chinese box office over the weekend.

That's a sizable improvement over the $22.5 million opening its predecessor, The Kingsman: The Secret Service, made in the Middle Kingdom in 2015.

The cheeky action-comedy, again directed by British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, dominated screen shares while also earning $3.5 million on Imax. Worldwide, Golden Circle has brought in $250.3 million from 61 markets.

Viewer reviews in China are mostly positive — the film holds an average score of 7.3 on Douban and 8.4 on Maoyan — suggesting a »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Justin Timberlake to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

11 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Justin Timberlake announced Sunday that he will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show next year. The musician made the announcement via Twitter in a video clip with NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon, declaring, “I do halftime!” The network will broadcast the NFL’s championship game on Feb. 4, 2018, from Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium.

The music superstar previously participated in the halftime show for the 2004 Super Bowl, and the moment he tore off part of Janet Jackson’s costume resulted in the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in which one. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops International Box Office With China Debut

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spy spoof “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has led the international box office with $48.7 million this weekend — most of that coming from an impressive $40.3 million launch in China.

Fox’s sequel to 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is playing in 62 markets abroad and has now topped $250 million worldwide, including $35 million in South Korea and $30 million in the U.K. The original grossed $286 million two years ago in overseas markets.

The action comedy was directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Taron Egerton. In China, the opening weekend led that market and was 73% ahead of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

With $95 million in the U.S. after five weeks, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is nearing $350 million worldwide. The original wound up with a worldwide total of $415 million.

Warner Bros.Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler, is finishing in second place with $36.4 million at 13,000 screens with first-place finishes in 36 territories to lift its international total to $49 million. South Korea was »


- Dave McNary

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‘Only the Brave’ and 2 More Bomb, Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2’ Will Break Even: It’s Another Troubling Box-Office Weekend

15 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Geostorm,” “Only the Brave,” “The Snowman” — it’s another in a series of terrible box-office weekends. Last year, the same weekend saw three new releases gross a total of $65 million; this year, four new releases totaled $44 million. “Boo 2: A Madea Halloween” performed best, but at the lower end of expectations.

This is a performance that might be expected in January, the dumping ground for loser films. But October is the month where we’ve seen films like “Gravity,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Martian” thrive.

Is it a crisis yet? It’s clear there’s still an audience when a September release like “It” can hit $320 million domestic so far. However, it’s clear that even franchise fans are unreliable.

Read More:‘Geostorm’ Review: Brace for Category 5 CGI Boredom

With a $22 million opening weekend and a $25 million budget, “Boo 2!” could break even: Figure less than $30 million in marketing/distribution costs, »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Weekend While Fellow Newcomers Struggle All Around

19 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent Box Office Mojo news »

As expected, Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween topped the weekend box office becoming the seventh of eight Madea films to open over $20 million. Meanwhile, it was rough going for the weekend's four other new wide releases as Geostorm, Only the Brave and The Snowman essentially bombed while Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me failed to meet the low end of expectations after strong group sales on opening day. Overall, the top twelve generated just $81.3 million, over $30 million less than the same weekend last year as October is currently pacing ~13% behind last year. With an estimated $21.65 million, Boo 2! finished atop the weekend box office while falling nearly $7 million short of the original's opening one year ago. The film did receive an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, just a notch below the original Boo!'s "A" and it will be interesting to see what kind of run Boo 2! can leg out. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Slays Weekend; Doc ‘Jane’ Bows Solid – Specialty Box Office

18 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A24's The Killing Of A Sacred Deer sailed to the top the Specialty box office in its debut, grossing over $114K in four theaters in another crowded weekend of newcomers. There were over a dozen new limited releases this weekend, though not all reported numbers as of Sunday morning. Brett Morgen's latest documentary Jane about famed primatologist Jane Goodall opened strong in three locations, grossing $55,712. On its heels was Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Wonderstruc… »


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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Director Teases Future Crossover With King Kong, Godzilla Franchise

21 October 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Judging by its trailers, the “Pacific Rim” sequel looks amazing, with “Force Awakens” star John Boyega joining as the new lead — but fans might already have a reason to look forward to the franchise’s films down the line. With “Pacific Rim: Uprising” coming out next March, director Steven S. DeKnight shared with Collider that the movie might be followed up with a full-on crossover with King Kong and Godzilla joining in on the action. “I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility ,” DeKnight told Collider. »


- Sean Burch

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Zehao Gao's 'To Kill a Watermelon' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival

21 October 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sha Gua (To Kill a Watermelon), from Chinese director Zehao Gao, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close Saturday in the Polish capital.

Also among the winners were French director Joan Chemla, who received best director honors for Si tu voyais son coeur (If You Saw His Heart).

The special jury award went to Allen Dizon and Angelie Sanoy, the stars of Bomba (The Bomb) by Philippine director Ralston Gonzales Jover.

A special mention was given to the Slovenia/Croatia co-production Rudar (The Miner), helmed by Hanna Slak.

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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‘Outlander’ episode 3.6 video recap: ‘A. Malcolm’ delivers moment that fans have been waiting for [Watch]

2 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“A. Malcolm,” the sixth episode of season three of the Starz hit drama “Outlander,”  was written by Matthew B. Roberts and directed by Norma Bailey. This is the episode that fans have waited so long to see, as the highly anticipated reunion between Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) is finally realized. After decades apart, they rekindle their emotional and physical […] »


- Rob Licuria

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African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Africa’s toon boom takes center stage in Johannesburg this week, as the continent’s animation biz gets a boost from organizers of the Discop TV market Oct. 25-27.

A packed agenda will spotlight the bold strides being made by African animators to join the global conversation around kids’ content.

“We’re slowly building momentum, and we’re slowly building a platform for role-players across the continent to plug into,” says Nick Wilson, of the African Animation Network (Aan), an open-network platform for African animators and industry associations to connect and collaborate. “There’s going to be a real pan-African buzz represented at Discop this year.”

Anchoring the action on the floor of the Sandton Convention Center will be the African Animation Village. Sponsored by Turner Africa, the village will be the hub for a busy week that includes a roundtable discussion on developing local content through partnerships with international brands, led by Ariane Suveg, »


- Christopher Vourlias

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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”) will star as Judy Garland in a new movie about the show business legend’s final concerts in London. Pathé and Calamity Films are behind “Judy” and principal photography is set for next February, in London.

Opening in the English capital in the winter of 1968 as Garland arrives for a five-week run of sell-out concerts, the movie will also recount the icon’s battles with management, and relationships with musicians and fans.

As the concerts get underway the star of stage and screen is 47 and exhausted, fragile, and wanting to be at home with her kids, casting into doubt whether the shows, at the Talk of the Town nightclub, can go on.

“Judy” is based on a script written by Tom Edge (“The Crown”) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (“Pride”) for Calamity Films. British stage director and Tony nominee, Rupert Goold, will direct. The producers »


- Stewart Clarke

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Idfa’s Interim Artistic Director Barbara Visser Welcomes ‘A Generation With Balls’ for Doc Festival’s 30th Edition

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For its last edition, Idfa found itself on the back-foot, after the double whammy of Britain’s Brexit vote and, rather more freshly, the shock result of the U.S. election conspired to overshadow even the most topical film in the selection. This year, things seemed to have settled down, although Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, the festival’s Head of Industry, cautions against complacency. “You never know what might happen!” she laughs.

It’s a big year for Idfa, which celebrates two birthdays – 30 for the festival itself and 25 for the Forum. To celebrate the former, which also happens to see longtime Artistic Director Ally Derks stepping down, the festival has invited a roll-call of documentary legends, including Nick Broomfield, Frederick Wiseman, Kim Longinotto, Da Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, to select a film that has profoundly affected them and present it to a festival audience.

Also, as always, the event comprises eight competitive strands alongside the usual sections that showcase »


- Damon Wise

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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in Drama From 'The Crown' Scribe

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger is set to play Judy Garland in Judy, based on the true story of the stage and screen icon's final concerts in London.

Pathe and Calamity Films are backing the project, based on a script by Tom Edge (The Crown, Lovesick) and to be directed by Tony nominee and two-time Olivier winner Rupert Goold, with production set to start February 2018. BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) will produce for Calamity Films

Judy will chronicle Garland's arrival in swinging 1968 London to perform in a series of sell-out shows. It has been 30 years since "the »


- Alex Ritman

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WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean Fantasy ‘Gods’

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

WellGo Us has picked up North American rights to South Korean fantasy drama “Along With the Gods.” The film is one of the most expensive in Korean history and was highest profile launch at the film market that accompanied the Busan Film Festival last week.

Based on Ju Ho-min’s popular web cartoon of the same title, and directed by Kim Yong-hwa (“Mr. Go”), the film sees the story of a firefighter who is taken to the afterlife by three guardians. He has to complete seven trials before he can be reincarnated.

The fantasy blockbuster, made with a total budget of $35.5 million (Krw 40 billion), is set as a two-part feature film. The first has a theatrical release in Korea on December 20, while the second part will be released in summer, 2018.

The film’s cast includes some of the country’s top stars including Ha Jung-woo (“The Handmaiden”), Cha Tae-hyun (“Scandal Makers”), Ju Ji-hoon (Asura: The City of »


- Sonia Kil

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Pablo Trapero, Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo, Wild Bunch Team for ‘La Quietud’ (Exclusive)

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of Latin America’s highest-profile filmmakers, Pablo Trapero, will direct Martina Gusmán (“Lion’s Den”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) in “La Quietud,” an intimate family drama turning on two sisters’ reencounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past.

Wild Bunch will handle international sales and looks set to introduce the new title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.

Edgar Ramírez (“Carlos”) plays the older sister’s husband; Graciela Borges (“Chronicle of a Lady,” “The Swamp”), one of Argentina’s grand dames, is the sisters’ mother; Joaquín Furriel (“The Bronze Garden”) has also joined the cast.

Going into production in the week of Nov. 20, and shooting on a country estate in the province of Buenos Aires, “La Quietud” is set up at Trapero and Gusmán’s Buenos Aires production house Matanza Cine. Headed by Melita Toscan du Plantier and Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Paris-based Macassar Productions co-produces out of France. Viacom-owned free-to-air »


- John Hopewell

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‘The Walking Dead’ Premiere Pays Tribute to Stuntman John Bernecker and George Romero

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The premiere of “The Walking Dead” Season 8 ends with a memorial dedication to two people close to the show: Stuntman John Bernecker and Director George Romero. Bernecker worked on “The Walking Dead” Season 8, and died accidentally during filming this summer. He fell 25 feet from a balcony and narrowly missed a safety cushion, according to police. “The Walking Dead” also owes a lot to Romero, the other person to whom the premiere episode is dedicated. Romero didn’t work on the show, but the famed director’s movies did lay the groundwork for the show. He died in July after a. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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George Clooney on Slew of Sexual Harassment Stories: "This Is a Watershed Moment for Society"

8 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Since the New York Times published an explosive expose on the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Oct. 5 more and more victims of sexual harassment have been encouraged to speak out. 

In addition, stars including Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Patricia Arquette, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen have all spoken out in one way or another. Whether its the use of social media including Alyssa Milano's #MeToo campaign, an interview setting or a premiere event to promote their latest project staying silent has not been an option.

On Sunday, at the premiere of his latest directorial foray, Suburbicon, »


- Brian Porreca

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How ‘The Walking Dead’ Saved a Young Woman’s Life

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t read or listened to “Dirty John”) Rarely do we ever watch television shows expecting to pick up life saving skills that we may need sometime down the road, but for one Southern California woman, watching “The Walking Dead” probably saved her life. Los Angeles Times reporter Chris Goffard’s six-part series, “Dirty John,” tells the story of Debra Newell, a 50-something successful Orange County businesswoman who ends up falling in love with her prince charming, John Meehan, and marrying him despite her children’s protests. The two matched on an online dating site and. »


- Rasha Ali

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James Toback's Agent No Longer Representing Him

8 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

James Toback is no longer being represented by his agent Jeff Berg, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Berg is the chairman of Northside Services; the agency represents directors Roman Polanski and Paul Schrader. (Berg previously was ICM chief before launching his own agency, Resolution, which folded in 2014 after less than two years.)

Berg confirmed to THR he no longer represents Toback but did not say when the representation ended.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women had come forward to accuse Toback of sexual harassment and misconduct, allegations that span decades. 

Toback, who helmed the »


- Abid Rahman,Kimberly Nordyke

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‘The Walking Dead’ Surprises: 23 Times the TV Show Has Strayed From the Comics (Photos)

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The AMC TV adaptation of “The Walking Dead” generally follows the path of the graphic novel series it’s adapted from, but it’s often changed things up quite a bit. Here are 23 examples of times the show took a meaningful diversion from the story that “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman laid out on paper. It’s a formula that’s worked well for the show, which ash become the highest rated cable show in history and regularly posts viewership numbers in the tens of millions. A worthy expense, it turned out, for AMC. “The Walking Dead” has kept viewers guessing by killing characters. »


- Phil Owen

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