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China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Continues Record Run, Extends Total to $769 Million

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

Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the Chinese box office ahead of a pack of new releases. It extended its record haul in China to $769 million after 25 days.

Data from local provider Ent Group show that “Wolf Warriors II” briefly lost its top box-office spot last Friday to “Paradox.” But on Saturday and and Sunday, the patriotic action sensation reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Both films enjoyed about 70,000 screenings per day.

Every ticket sold pushes “Wolf Warriors II” further into the lead as the all-time biggest movie ever released in China. Its total is now 50% bigger than previous claimant “The Mermaid.”

This was also another weekend in which the top Chinese film outpaced the top film at the North American box office. Stateside winner “Hitman’s Bodyguard” earned $21.6 million.

Hong Kong-made crime actioner “Paradox,” which opened the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival, was released last Thursday and scored $31.4 million over the weekend. It »

- Patrick Frater

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91

21 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.

"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.

In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »

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'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short

23 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

19 August 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.


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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'

18 August 2017 5:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jaime King, who starred on four seasons of Hart of Dixie, has joined the cast of Ice Cream in the Cupboard, an indie drama adapted from the book by Pat Moffett.

Drew Pollins is directing the project, which hails from Serenity Media Group and is shooting in Los Angeles.

The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King will play a neurologist who tries to help the duo.

The part is the latest feature get for King, who »

- Borys Kit

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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

18 August 2017 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »

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‘Girls Trip’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

18 August 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office after four weeks, to become the studio’s sixth film to reach that milestone this year.

Girls Trip” has also taken in $9.9 million internationally as it starts its foreign rollout. Australia and Romania will release the film on Aug. 31, with additional markets launching the film through the end of the year.


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Girls Trip” debuted behind “Dunkirk” with a surprisingly strong $31.2 million at the North American box office over its opening weekend on July 21 to July 23, making it the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy of the year. It dropped only 36% in its second weekend.

Girls Trip” broke the summer’s streak of underperforming R-rated comedies such as “Rough Night” and “The House.” Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith star as four friends attending the Essence Music »

- Dave McNary

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India’s 65-Year Battle Against Film Censorship: What Needs to Happen For It to End

21 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Movies lovers in India and advocates of artistic freedom everywhere breathed a sigh of relief on August 18, when filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani — the censorious chairman of the country’s film certification body — was fired from his post. He was quickly replaced by screenwriter and advertising icon Prasoon Joshi. Nihalani’s firing signals a positive direction for the country’s relationship to censorship — but the chain of events has opened up several thorny questions.

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India is the world’s most prolific filmmaking country, but movie news coming out of the subcontinent is often fraught with tales of censorship, bans and the public outrage as a result. According to the Indian Constitution, no film is eligible for public distribution or screening unless certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc). To complicate matters further, the relevant Act in the Constitution (which hails from »

- Laya Maheshwari

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‘Jasper Jones’ Trailer: Australia’s ‘Stand By Me’ Starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving & Angourie Rice

24 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’re in that weird pause between the end of summer releases and the onslaught of the fall festival season, so it’s a pretty good time to look and see what offerings there are abroad. And one movie that’s piqued our curiosity is “Jasper Jones.”

Described as Australia’s “Stand By Me,” based on the best-seller by Craig Silvey, and starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller and Angourie Rice, the story follows a 14 year-old who takes on solving a mysterious murder when his friend discovers a dead body.

Continue reading ‘Jasper Jones’ Trailer: Australia’s ‘Stand By Me’ Starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving & Angourie Rice at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Netflix Lands Paul Greengrass Pic About Norwegian Terrorist Who Killed 77

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Exclusive: Paul Greengrass will next direct a movie he has written about the Norwegian terrorist who in 2011 murdered 77 people in the country’s deadliest attack since WWII. Netflix has won the right to make the film in heavy competition. Scott Rudin will produce with Greg Goodman and Eli Bush. The horrific violence was inflicted by Anders Behring Breivik, a self described right-wing Christian extremist with a hatred for Muslims. He started the carnage by detonating a… »

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Chinese Companies Turn to Resetting Relationship With Hollywood

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Chinese companies talked about not wanting to be regarded as the latest in a series of foolish foreign investors in Hollywood. But it took the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping to bring to an end a 3½-year acquisition frenzy which saw Dalian Wanda and other players strike deals that raised eyebrows on both sides of the Pacific.

Last week’s official declaration by Beijing ruling out investments in overseas film, entertainment and sports properties marks a resetting of the relationship between Chinese and U.S. companies in those sectors, analysts say. Call it China-Hollywood 2.0.

“They mean business this time. This is not a policy that will change right after the [Communist] Party Congress this autumn,” Alex Wong, director of asset management at Ample Capital, told Radio Television Hong Kong.

The entertainment industries in both China and the U.S. must adjust to a new reality no longer based on acquisitions and asset values. Instead, »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Glass’ Synopsis Teases the “Culmination” of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ and ‘Unbreakable’

40 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Universal Pictures has released the first official synopsis for Glass as pre-production on the highly anticipated sequel is firmly underway. The film is a follow-up to filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s terrific 2000 film Unbreakable and its secret sequel Split, which hit theaters this past January and quickly became a massive box office and critical success. While fans had been clamoring for an Unbreakable sequel for years, the final moments of Shyamalan’s seemingly original psychological thriller Split revealed that the entire film was taking place in the same universe as Unbreakable—the final shot found Bruce Willis’ … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Is Like a Software Patch to Rebalance the Game

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- Matt Goldberg

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‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’ Is “Absolutely Deranged” Says Tiff Midnight Madness Programmer

50 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cinematic debuts don’t arrives more fiercely than “Bone Tomahawk.” Writer/director S. Craig Zahler turned heads in a big way with his brutal and original western/horror hybrid that made everyone pay attention to what he might do next. Well, it hasn’t taken him long, as the filmmaker is gearing up to hit both Venice and Tiff with “Brawl In Cell Block 99,” and the good news is that it sounds like it’s going to be awesome as that title indicates.

Continue reading ‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’ Is “Absolutely Deranged” Says Tiff Midnight Madness Programmer at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ First Trailer: Elle Fanning Wants More Punk in Zany Alien Comedy — Watch

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Premiering at the Cannes Film festival earlier this year, John Cameron Mitchell’s fourth feature takes excellent source material and top talent on a wild ride in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, whose fantastical work has been adapted to mixed results over the years. In the first international trailer, Fanning and her co-star Alex Sharp flirt oddly and adorably, and Nicole Kidman appears to be having a lot of fun.

Read More:‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ Review: Elle Fanning Is a Free Love Alien in John Cameron Mitchell’s Bizarre Return to Form

Set in a London suburb in the 1970’s, the film follows an alien girl named Zan (Fanning) who falls in love with a punk teenage boy named Enn (Sharp). Kidman, who recently worked with Fanning in Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” plays a very »

- Jude Dry

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AMC’s Shudder Takes U.S., U.K. Rights on Six FrightFest Titles

58 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Six upcoming horror titles have been acquired for a mix of North American and U.K. rights by Shudder, the horror Svod service run by AMC Networks, it announced Monday. The acquisition comes ahead of the U.K.’s FrightFest horror festival, which runs Aug. 24-28, and will see all six features make their U.K. premieres.

The acquisition includes all rights in North America, U.K. and Ireland for surreal U.S. sci-fi romance “Sequence Break” (pictured), from director Graham Skipper, as well as Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Cold Hell.”

Shudder has taken streaming rights in North America and Canada to Chris Peckover’s Christmas-themed title “Better Watch Out,” starring Virginia Madsen, which Universal is scheduled to release theatrically in the U.K. Dec. 8.

The service has added all rights for U.K. and Ireland to the U.S. streaming rights it acquired during the Cannes Film Festival in May for Joe Lynch’s “Mayhem »

- Robert Mitchell

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‘Avengers 4’ Set Photos Reveal a Japanese Adventure

59 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While Avengers: Infinity War only just wrapped filming last month, production is already underway on the follow-up Avengers 4, and some new set photos have arrived showing off a tantalizing set. While directors Joe and Anthony Russo initially intended to shoot Infinity War and the untitled fourth Avengers movie at the same time, schedule-wise it became too difficult to manage (not to mention the fact that they want both movies to look distinct), so they and Marvel Studios opted instead to shoot the films back-to-back. The bulk of Infinity War was shot from January of this … »

- Adam Chitwood

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What Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable Sequel, Will Be About

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One of the best plot twists in recent memory happened earlier this year when the final scene of M. Night Shyamalan's Split revealed it was part of the same world as his superhero movie Unbreakable. »

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These aren't the spinoffs you are looking for: Star Wars movies that should never get the green light

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Han Solo to Obi-Wan Kenobi, some of Star Wars’ most famous characters have movies on the way. We can only pray that Chewbacca or Jar Jar Binks are not among them

The Star Wars spin-offs have a tricky line to walk. On one hand, they have to fill in the backstories of some of the most famous characters in movie history. On the other, they have to retain some of the mystery that made them so beloved in the first place. You just have to see how badly George Lucas botched Boba Fett, saddling him with untold daddy issues in the prequels, to see how tricky it’s going to be.

But, still, they keep coming. As well as the troubled Young Han Solo movie, there’s now likely to be a Young Obi-Wan movie, a Young Jabba the Hutt movie and, yes, another crack at a Young Boba Fett movie. »

- Stuart Heritage

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‘Ray Donovan’ Season 5: More Details on Abby’s Past Are Revealed

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Editor's Note: This article first published after the premiere of Ray Donovan Season 5; since then we've had a few new clues to the season's central mystery which have been added under "Update." If you are not caught up, then be forewarned that there are major spoilers below. There are some certainties when it comes to Ray Donovan. Ray (Liev Schreiber) is probably going to be stressed and repressed (mostly about the past). Mick (Jon Voight) is going to be cooking up some new scheme. Terry (Eddie Marsan) is going to be involved in a crisis with … »

- Allison Keene

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