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

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

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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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Fashions $100M+ Global Bow; ‘It’ Hits $478M & Spidey Tops 2017 Superheroes Ww – International Box Office

16 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update, Writethru: Coming off of a big international box office session last weekend when War For The Planet Of The Apes swung into China, Fox leads again with the debut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel cut a $61.2M figure in its bow in 64 offshore markets. Of those, the Marv Films title was No. 1 in 55. At current exchange rates, that's 63% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same grouping and includes $11.1M in the UK where K… »


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

23 September 2017 11:39 PM, PDT | 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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‘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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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, »


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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, »

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From Blade Runner to Rollerball: did cinema's sci-fi dystopias predict the future?

44 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We are living in the era imagined by science-fiction films – but is reality really mirroring fiction?

Related: Deadly reality TV and sex robots: what can we learn from films set in 2017?

Police cars can’t fly, artificial snakes are not commercially available, and the exodus to off-world colonies has not yet begun, but we’re already living in the world of Blade Runner – chronologically, at least. The original movie is set in 2019. Rutger Hauer’s replicant-in-chief has been activated since January 2016. He might be watching attack ships off the shoulder of Orion as we speak.

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- Steve Rose

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Pixel wizards: meet the CGI creatives building cinema's brave new worlds

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

Billed as ‘Burning Man meets Ted Talks’, digital effects festival Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn gathers together animators, game designers and industry types for a week of Vr battles, parties and a glimpse at the future of film

“So I need to know: Are you ready to be transformed?” shouts Scott Ross to the 900-strong crowd in the auditorium. They respond with raucous applause. To them, Ross is a legend. He ran George Lucas’s visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm) in the 1980s, then founded his own Oscar-winning effects firm with James Cameron. His audience is largely made up of young people looking to follow in his footsteps: animators, video game designers, concept artists, illustrators and effects specialists. These are the people who build the digital worlds where we’re increasingly spending our leisure time – in movies, games, and virtual reality. They are transforming culture and they’ve come here to transform themselves, »

- Steve Rose

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This Rotten Week: Predicting American Made, Flatliners, And Til Death Do Us Part Reviews

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The fall movie season can provide its own highlights while coming down off the highs of summer. Sure, it isn't really blockbuster territory, but there's plenty to sink your teeth into over the next couple of months. This week is a good example, with a new Tom Cruise adventure, and two thrillers »

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The Guardian at Tiff 2017: Darkest Hour producers on Brexit and Churchill – video

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

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the co-chairs of celebrated British production outfit Working Title talk to the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw about their long and varied careers, including the glory days of the Richard Curtis romcoms Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and their newest films Victoria & Abdul and Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour.

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Location Basque Country: Upcoming Basque Movies

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — The strength of the Basque industry as a potential co-production partner for Basque Country shoots will be seen, when push comes to shove, in its movies. Here, profiles of upcoming Basque movies whether playing this year’s San Sebastián Festival, in production or projects.

Advantages Of Traveling By Train

Pre-acquired by Entertainment One’s Seville International and co-produced by San Sebastian-based Señor y Señora and Madrid’s Morena Films “Advantages” marks the much-awaited feature debut of Aritz Moreno. Film –in pre-production– is penned by Javier Gullón (Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy”) adapting Spain’s Antonio Orejudo novel.

Another Day Of Life

One of Europe’s most awaited animation films, the Indie Sales-sold “Day” revolves around the truth of war through the near-suicidal journey across Angola of Polish famed war reporter Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow direct a hybrid animation-live action inspired by but not adapting the journalist’s first novel. Produced »


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Avengers 4 Cast List: All The Confirmed Marvel Heroes And Villains

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With no Marvel Studios movies officially dated beyond summer 2019, there is no greater question mark in the franchise world than what audiences should expect from Joe and Anthony Russo's untitled Avengers 4. »

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San Sebastián: Film Factory Entertainment Acquires ‘Black is Beltza’ (Exclusive)

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

San Sebastian — Spain’s Film Factory has acquired international rights to Fermin Muguruza’s adult animation feature debut “Black is Beltza.”

The project will be offered to buyers at the Berlinale’s next European Film Market, Film Factory CEO Vicente Canales told Variety. A teaser will be screened at Berlin, where Muguruza has promised a “noteworthy” musical landing, as well.

“’Black is Beltza’ is very different for the Spanish adult animation scene so far, and originality is exactly what the market is demanding,” Canales said, adding that the project is perfectly suited for combining international theatrical releases with launches on digital platforms and VOD services.

Co-produced by Basque country Talka Records & Film and Catalonia’s Setmagic, “Beltza” will offer a colorful canvas of the 60’s counterculture era, kicking off in October 1965 when a group of giants and carnival heads –inspired by Pamplona’s 17th century parades– is invited to march down New York’s 5th Avenue on »


- Emilio Mayorga

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Location Basque Country: Some Key Locations

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

San Sebastian — Bizkaia’s 10th century chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, built on a rock in the sea, served as one of the real-life locations for Dragonstone, the home to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Season 7 of “Game of Thrones.”

Over July to October 2016, production teams at HBO and Spanish services company Fresco Film established one of “Game of Thrones” production headquarters in Bilbao, also filming series’ scenes on the beaches of Muriola, in Bizkaia’s Barrika, and Itzuru, in Gipuzkoa’s Zumaia, which boasts a singular geo-park featuring Flysch rock formation.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” also filmed at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe this year.

High-profile international shoots in the Basque Country have some standout precedents. In the early ‘70s, Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen spent nearly a week in Hondarribia, a Gipuzkoan town near the French border, shooting Franklin J. Schaffner’s prison drama “Papillon.” Hondarribia, alongside San Sebastian and Zarauz, was »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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Location Basque Country: A Tale of Three Provinces

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

San Sebastian — The three Basque provinces, Alava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, share green and mountainous landscapes and one of the more attractive tax credits in Spain: a 30% tax shelter for local film, TV and animated productions. Their respective film commissions are teaming to co-ordinate in joint actions for international promotion under the Film Basque Country umbrella. “We are not competitors but strategic allies,” says Bizkaia’s Bilbao city councilor Xabier Ochandiano. But there are some nuances in each territory’s film offer.

Alava

Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, is re-launching its film office, as the big-screen adaptation of best-selling novel “El silencio de la ciudad blanca,” a benchmark for the city’s image, is scheduled to roll there by next year.

The feature adaptation of Eva García Sáenz de Urturi’s crime-thriller book, “El silencio” is produced by Atresmedia Cine, the powerful film arm of Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia, in partnership with Barcelona’s Rodar y Rodar (“The »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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San Sebastián: Milad Alami on ‘The Charmer,’ Outsiders, Challenging Audiences

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

San Sebastian — “If I try to analyze my films, they are usually about characters who are outsiders to society in some sense,” says Irani-born, Sweden-bred and Denmark-based Milad Alami, whose “Charmer,” world premieres at San Sebastian as the opening night film of New Directors, its main sidebar.

“Charmer” fits the bill to a tee. Alami’s first feature, it turns on a Iranian, Esmail, who doggedly attempts to secure a stable girlfriend to increase his chances of gaining a residence permit in Denmark. His life becomes a waking nightmare as he falls in love with a beautiful Iranian student, is stalked by the husband of a woman who committed suicide when Esmail abandoned her – one thing he’s not looking for is marriage – and the clock ticks on his likely expulsion from Denmark. Oblique –  “the things you don’t say, you don’t see, sometimes are much more effective or interesting, like »


- John Hopewell

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San Sebastián: E.U.’s Creative Europe Media Head Lucía Recalde Talks Up Digital Promotion

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

San Sebastian —  Upped from 20% to 30% at a European Council of Ministers this May, the so-called Netflix Quota – an E.U. proposed minimum percentage of European content required of international video streaming platforms – may have some impact on various platforms in certain E.U. countries.

What seems unquestionable, however, is that not only national governments and directives but the E.U.’s Media Program, a targeted support system for film and TV in Europe, is taking on board the paramount importance of VOD delivery for European production, as was made clear by declarations of Media Program head Lucia Recalde at a San Sebastián Festival seminar on Sept. 24, All 4 One.

“It is good to have content available but more and more important to have the content more visibly shown on the platforms,” Recalde said.

Promotion of European digital platform content is “possibly the most important topic we want to discuss with the industry in the context of the future »


- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang

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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Princesita’

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

“Your body does not belong to you.” Few lines can be more terrifying to hear in a horror movie than this one, and the same goes double when it crops up in a coming-of-age drama. In “Princesita,” a short, deceptively sun-kissed nightmare that ultimately falls under both those categories, it sounds a stomach-knotting alarm to a 12-year-old girl whose sexual and emotional development has fallen under the cultish control of toxic masculinity. Chilean director Marialy Rivas throws a veritable banana split of florid formal techniques at the screen in her risky second feature, switching registers from woozy waking dream to extreme-cinema shock therapy; it’s attention-grabbing, but the film’s restless, busy style does little to deepen the sensationalistic abuse narrative at its center. The edgy imprimatur of producer Pablo Larraín will give it a leg up with international distributors, but “Princesita” frustratingly proves as evasive as it is incendiary.

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