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'Kingsman 2' Finishes #1 as September Grosses Near Record High

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The weekend's new releases fell shy of Mojo's weekend forecast, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle still managed to debut larger than the original, finishing in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, The Lego Ninjago Film fell well short of expectations as did Friend Request, which delivered a mere $2.4 million opening. There were, however, some bright spots among limited release titles as Battle of the Sexes and Victoria and Abdul delivered strong opening results as September's calendar grosses continue to pace toward record heights. Topping the box office was Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, delivering an estimated $39 million from 4,003 theaters. The opening improves on the $36.2 million opening for the first film, but the film's performance over the next couple of weeks will tell the true story. The first Kingsman turned its $36 million debut into a $128 million domestic run, a 3.54x multiplier. Should Golden Circle follow suit we're talking about a $138+ million domestic run, which »


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Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula Sets Up U.S. Company (Exclusive)

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

San Sebastian – Fabula, one of Latin America’s high-profile producers, run by “Jackie” director Pablo Larraín and producer Juan de Dios Larraín, has set up a U.S. company to make English-language movies by its filmmakers from Latin America and Europe.

News of the move comes two months before Fabula, to date based just out of Santiago, Chile, goes into production on its first full-on U.S. project, a remake of Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria,” starring Julianne Moore and directed by Lelio himself. Pre-production and production on “Gloria” will be carried out in the U.S., and post-production in Santiago, Pablo Larrain told Variety from Chile. Juan de Dios Larraín has relocated to Los Angeles to head up the new production company, called Fabula, whose offices open Monday.

The U.S production base is a milestone for one of Latin America’s most admired production companies, whose marquee directors Larraín and Lelio have already crossed into U »


- John Hopewell

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson

22 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.

Director Rian Johnson took to Instagram to reveal that post-production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been completed, 19 months after shooting began.

Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."

It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »


- Graeme McMillan

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Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’

22 September 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A judge on Friday denied director Farhad Safinia’s request to seize and destroy a producer’s cut of “The Professor and the Madman,” the Mel Gibson film about the Oxford English Dictionary.

Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed a lawsuit accusing Voltage of defamation and copyright infringement, and asked for a restraining order to block Voltage from shopping the film to distributors.

But in her ruling Friday, Judge Consuelo Marshall rejected the request, saying Safinia had not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of the dispute. Safinia claims that he owns the copyright to the September 2016 version of the screenplay, and that he never subsequently assigned the rights to Voltage.

Voltage counters that Safinia had already given up his copyright to earlier drafts of the film’s screenplay under a “work made for hire” agreement, and »


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Gal Gadot Parts Ways With Manager (Exclusive)

22 September 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gal Gadot has parted ways with management company Untitled Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

After her fan-favorite turn as Themysciran princess Diana in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Israeli actress took center stage in Wonder Woman, the most successful movie of the summer — a lone bright spot that saw director Patty Jenkins shatter box-office records for female filmmakers on the film's way to earning more than $800 million worldwide.

Gadot will return as Wonder Woman in the DC Comics team-up Justice League and has signed on for the Wonder Woman sequel. In addition, »


- Rebecca Sun

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Oscars Overhaul and Open Up Foreign Language Voting Process

22 September 2017 6:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In advance of what is expected to be a record year for entries in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, the Academy has made significant changes in the voting process used to select nominees. In a Thursday afternoon email to all Southern California-based members of the Academy, the organization used the subject line “Come see the world with us!” and invited the members to “help us choose the next foreign language film award nominees,” also linking to a page that described the new voting system. In the biggest change, the color-coded screening groups have been eliminated. In the past, »

- Steve Pond

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Quentin Tarantino Still Open To The Idea Of Directing ‘Star Trek’

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

What’s old becomes new again. So, the story goes a little like this: in a 2015 podcast talk with Nerdist circa “The Hateful Eight” press, director Quentin Tarantino talked about many things as he’s wont to do. Topics broached were his love for “Speed Racer,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage” (he wanted to make a movie in the ‘90s) and “Star Trek,” a sci-fi property that the “Pulp Fiction” filmmaker said he preferred to “Star Wars.”

Read More: Listen: 80-Minute Talk With Quentin Tarantino About ‘Speed Racer,’ ‘Luke Cage,’ ‘Star Trek,’ And Much More

While he talked about the movies to small degree, it was the “Star Trek” TV shows that clearly made a mark on the director.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Star Wars’: Ron Howard Shares ‘Desperate and Dangerous’ Photos From Han Solo Set

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With all the drama surrounding who will and won’t direct the many “Star Wars” films coming soon to a galaxy near you, there’s been a momentary lapse in obsessing over what actually happens in the standalone Han Solo film and “Episode IX.” Ron Howard is now directing the former, which was originally to be helmed by “Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; as he nears completion on the untitled spinoff, the former Richie Cunningham has shared two glimpses of it.

Read More:Carrie Fisher’s Personal ‘Star Wars’ Scripts Are Up for Auction, But They’ll Cost You $20,000 or More

“Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy,” wrote Howard on Twitter yesterday. The accompanying photo is hazy, with a copper tint to it, and shows several people both in front of and behind the camera. He shared a similar picture on Instagram, »


- Michael Nordine

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This Year’s DC TV Crossover Is ‘Crisis on Earth-x’ with Evil Supergirl, Flash and Arrow

22 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow all situated at The CW, it’s now customary to have all of the superheroes check into each others’ shows for a major crossover event. Last season was the first time Supergirl was brought into the mix, and this season, we’ll see new iterations of the […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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‘Victoria And Abdul’ Reigns With Top PTA; ‘Stronger’ & ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Solid – Specialty Box Office

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Three significant Toronto fest Specialty releases, Victoria and Abdul, Stronger and Battle Of the Sexes opened strong out of the gate this weekend. Focus Features' Victoria and Abdul reigned supreme, however, by per theater average. Starring Dame Judi Dench, the title grossed $152K in four theaters, averaging just under $38K. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate's Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany cracked the top ten in its debut, grossing over $1.74M in 574… »


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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Suits Up At The Multiplex [Box Office]

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All summer long, audiences were wary of sequels and reboots, with many underperforming or outright tanking. And while Fox will likely wind up being happy with the numbers for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” it’s safe to say they were hoping for a slightly better result.

The sequel founds its way to the top of the box office this weekend, knocking out two-week champion “It.” Earning $39 million, Matthew Vaughn‘s R-rated flick only did slightly better than the $36 million bow of ‘The Secret Service’ two years ago.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Won’t Have a Director’s Cut, Says Denis Villeneuve

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Eight different versions of “Blade Runner” have been shown in one form or another, five of which are well known: the workprint, the theatrical cut, the international cut, the director’s cut, and the final cut. In a new interview with Europe Plus, Denis Villeneuve says that “Blade Runner 2049” won’t be so complicated — there will be no director’s cut, he explains, because the version arriving in theaters next month is the director’s cut.

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-the-Scenes Video: Ryan Gosling Offers New Details About the Much-Hyped Sequel — Watch

“The thing is, the movie you’re going to see is the director’s cut,” says Villeneuve, who most recently directed “Arrival” and “Sicario.” “There will be no further…maybe there’ll be a ‘studio version’ [laughs], maybe a producer version, but not a director’s version. That’s my director’s cut. So I don’t »


- Michael Nordine

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James Franco on ‘The Deuce’ and David Simon’s Three-Season Plan

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

From show creators David Simon and George Pelecanos, the HBO series The Deuce, named after the local slang for New York’s 42nd Street, chronicles the time when the sex industry went from back alleys to a billion dollar business. As twin brothers Vincent (James Franco) and Frankie Martino (also James Franco) navigate their way through Times Square in 1971, the earliest pioneers of the flesh trade, including pornographers, hookers, pimps and adult bookstore owners, have to dodge the law while figuring out how to make the most of their situation. During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, actor/… »

- Christina Radish

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Challenging Five Untruths about Women in the Film Business at Ifp Week’s Persona Project Panel

1 hour ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

It’s been a wild summer for the film industry — and for anyone who has fucked with females. At Ifp Week, I was happy to see Filmmaker contributor Taylor Hess touch, ever so delicately, on some of the issues around discrimination and mistreatment that have been plaguing us all. She hosted a panel version of her Persona Project column, which celebrates up-and-coming women in film. On the panel were Sara Kiener, Head of Distribution Strategies at Cinereach; Taylor Shung, Co-Producer, A Woman, a Part; Aijah Keith, Manager of Acquisitions & Production at IFC; and Dana Vladimir, Head of Communications and […] »

- Meredith Alloway

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Could Hayley Atwell Be Back In Avengers 4?

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If you've been missing Peggy Carter's presence in the McU, you just might be in luck. Read on to see why we're thinking there's a chance she might make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. »

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Leads the Pack

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle will not quite reach the $40 million-plus high estimates that many box office prognosticators had hoped for but it will nevertheless hold the top spot for the weekend with an estimable $39 million. That's about $3 million up from the first Kingsman movie's opening weekend but this bump barely signals a growing fanbase. The Golden Circle cost a little over $100 million to make as compared to the $81 million that it cost to make Kingsman: The Secret Service, and the announced third film will likely cost even more. My skepticism over how … »

- Chris Cabin

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From Queen Victoria to Jesus Christ: the figures who most fascinate filmmakers

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Thanks to Judi Dench, Victoria now reigns supreme as the most popular character ever in British films. But who are the pretenders to her throne?

Queen Victoria has replaced Sherlock Homes as the most featured character on British screens. According to a study by the British Film Institute, the monarch now is jointly tied with James Bond, on 25 films – thanks to Judi Dench’s turn in Victoria and Abdul. But which other enduring characters have appeared multiple times in the movies around the world?

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‘Spielberg’ Trailer: A Star-Studded Profile of One of Hollywood’s Most Influential Filmmakers

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There aren’t too many filmmakers who general audiences know by name. But if there’s one name still making movies today that they’ll recognize the most, it’s Steven Spielberg. The man has been behind the movie magic and suspense of Jaws and Jurassic Park, the wonder of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. The […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Unseats ‘It’ as ‘Lego Ninjago’ Disappoints

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

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is the new ruler of the box office.

The sequel from Fox is expected to earn $39 million this weekend from 4,003 locations. That’s slightly below where tracking had pegged it (somewhere in the $40 millions), but above the original “Kingsman” movie, which earned $36.2 million when it opened in 2015.

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“Kingsman” is also launching to about $61 million from 64 markets abroad, giving it a $100 million worldwide opening. The audience was male-dominated (58%) and 60% of viewers were between 18 and 34 years old. The sequel received mixed reviews (a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes), and audiences earned it a B+ CinemaScore, which is the same as the original “Kingsman.”

“I think it’s really a very strong opening. We’re right where we expected it to be,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at Fox. “Anytime you can open a sequel bigger than the first one you’re onto something.”

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The Newest Han Solo Set Photos Tease Dangerous And Desperate Times

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The Star Wars universe has never been known for peace and quiet, but this new photo from the Han Solo standalone is pretty stressful even for that universe. Read on to see the latest. »

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