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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 »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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

22 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 »

- Gene Maddaus

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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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Gripping, Moving, Award-Winning Domestic Violence Drama ‘Custody’ [San Sebastian Review]

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If it’s never really occurred to you before what a strange word “custody” is, and how its two meanings — guardianship and imprisonment — are complementary yet also inherently at odds, be prepared to spend 90 gripping minutes constantly turning that over in your mind during Xavier Legrand‘s tense, terrifying film of that title. It starts with one kind of custody, and ends with the implication of the other, yet throughout the film, places of refuge turn into besieged fortresses; protectors turn out to need protection; and a child’s would-be guardian becomes the very person he needs to be guarded from.

Continue reading Gripping, Moving, Award-Winning Domestic Violence Drama ‘Custody’ [San Sebastian Review] at The Playlist. »

- Jessica Kiang

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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’: Even David Lynch’s Cinematographer Can’t Explain What It All Means

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Peter Deming is at a slight disadvantage when talking about “Twin Peaks: The Return” compared to most other cinematographers discussing their latest work. He’s only familiar with the project as one long feature film, having gone into production with a 500-plus page script that didn’t have episode breaks, rather than the 18 episodes that Showtime aired this year.

“We also shot it like a feature film,” said Deming in an interview with IndieWire. “When you went to a location, you shot all the action that took place at that location. It’s different than TV – there’s no episode scripts, there’s one director, there’s one crew. So we broke it down and scheduled it like a feature film.”

This “block shooting” approach is impossible for most television shows, which are still being written when production begins on the first episode of the season. It’s a far more efficient approach, »

- Chris O'Falt

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‘Robot Chicken’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Special: “One of the Biggest Builds” They’ve Ever Done

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

Some spoilers ahead for both The Walking Dead and the upcoming Robot Chicken special. If you're not excited by these two facts, you might be an undead Walker: 1) Robot Chicken and The Walking Dead are teaming up for a most excellent, hilarious, and fanboy-satisfying crossover special. 2) The incredible cast and creative teams from both award-winning shows have been assembled for this must-see special. Just take a look at everyone who's involved: The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking is an animated zombie apocalypse special from Robot Chicken’s Seth Green … »

- Dave Trumbore

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Korea Box Office: ‘I Can Speak’ Leads Weekend

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Local comedy, “I Can Speak” debuted on top of the South Korean box office after a Thursday release. The indie picture earned $5.18 million from 727,000 admissions over four days, and accounted for 46% of the weekend box office.

Produced by Myung Films, the Kim Hyun-seok film sees the story of an elderly woman who befriends a junior civil servant as she files complaints with the local government.

Showbox’s “Memoir of a Murderer” slipped to second. It earned $1.6 million from 215,00 admissions between Friday and Sunday for $17.7 million after three weekends on release.

Sony’s “Baby Driver” dropped to third, earning $1.16 million for a total of $5.21 million after two weekends. Despite a drop of 53%, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” jumped to fourth from the previous week’s fifth, as “American Made” suffered a steeper 81% drop. “Bodyguard” earned $429,000 for a total of $11.7 million after four weekends on release. “American Made” earned $301,000 for a cumulative of $2.71 million after two weekends.

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- Sonia Kil

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David Lowery Shares His Adorable Childhood Remake Of ‘Poltergeist’

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With the proliferation of affordable digital cameras, and the ability to shoot insanely high quality video on something as small as an iPhone, more than ever the advice given to budding filmmakers is: just start filming. Well, director David Lowery seems to know what he wanted to do ever since the age of seven-and-a-half, and didn’t waste a moment figuring out how to make a movie. Now, he’s shared the first film he ever made and it’s pretty adorable stuff.

Continue reading David Lowery Shares His Adorable Childhood Remake Of ‘Poltergeist’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Brave,’ ‘Seal Team,’ and ‘Valor’ Reviews: Which New Military Show Delivers?

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

Given that the United States has been at war since 2001, it’s a little surprising that it’s taken this long for us to get so many TV series focused on the armed forces. It’s not that we’ve been completely without — HBO’s Generation Kill was one of the best, but there was also Lifetime’s Army Wives and the more recent (and super jingoistic) Six on the History channel. This fall, however, we have three military series premiering all at once on broadcast: Seal Team on CBS, Valor on the CW, and The Brave on NBC. … »

- Allison Keene

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What to Expect From Episode 3 and Why the Show Will Always Respect Canon

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Battle of the Binary Stars.”] 

When it comes to CBS All Access’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” the show’s ambitions cannot be defined as modest. “We want to create a world that feels real, and dimensional, and authentic, and not just that reflect, I think, the complicated moral quandaries that define ‘Star Trek,’ but also that bring the audience into a very visceral approach to the feel of the universe,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman told IndieWire.

Fans tuning into the first two episodes Sunday night were in for a wild ride, as the newest iteration of the “Trek” brand subverted all expectations, killing Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and sentencing Lt. Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to life in prison as punishment for becoming Starfleet’s first-ever mutineer. Following these two episodes, the question becomes what’s in store for fans going forward — and while Kurtzman didn’t offer up any specific details, he was able »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Spielberg’ Trailer Reveals Star-Studded HBO Documentary

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HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming documentary Spielberg, which chronicles the career of one of the greatest filmmakers in history, Steven Spielberg. Directed and produced by Susan Lacy, the film consists of footage from over 30 hours of exclusive interviews with Spielberg himself, as well as his family, collaborators, friends, and fellow filmmakers, offering unique insight into the career and process of Steven Spielberg. The movie tracks the director’s bittersweet childhood and how his precocious obsession with moviemaking led to an incredible rise to fame—with plenty of drive to get himself there. This looks to … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Hilarious It Meme Shows Us Why He’s Called Called Pennywise The Dancing Clown

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In Andres Muschietti's It, which is a monster hit for Warner Bros., a gang of misfit kids dubbed The Losers' Club must stare down their fears and confront the age-old evil that plagues their town... often taking the shape of a dancing clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). »

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The Best Movies on HBO Right Now

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For all intents and purposes, HBO is now a streaming service. While it started out as a premium cable channel and is still available for cable subscribers, they recognized the changing landscape and decided to make their programming available separate from a cable package via HBO Now. However, if you still get HBO through your cable provider, you'll have access to HBO Go. Either way, you have access to their entire catalog of movies at any time, which means you can create a watchlist of films you want to check out. To help you out in this endeavor, we'… »

- Matt Goldberg

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Godzilla 2 Just Shared Its First Look At The King Of The Monsters

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Fans of giant movie monsters are all very excited for the growing Monsterverse currently underway at Warner Bros. Godzilla started it all but it was really the recent Kong: Skull Island that kicked the franchise into high gear. »

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Warner, Azure Partner for India Remake of ‘Infernal Affairs’

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Fledgling Mumbai-based production outfit Azure Entertainment and Warner Bros. India have announced a collaboration to jointly invest in and produce an Indian remake of classic Hong Kong crime thriller “Infernal Affairs.” The director and cast are yet to be finalized.

The 2002 original was directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak and was the first part of a trilogy. Martin Scorsese remade it as “The Departed” in 2006.

The project is the first of a two-picture deal to develop, produce and distribute titles from the Warner Bros. library for the Indian market.

Azure was set up by Sunir Kheterpal, who previously had stints with Adlabs-Reliance Entertainment and the Hinduja Group. It produced the Hindi-language remake of Korean film “The Man From Nowhere,” titled “Rocky Handsome.”

The company’s remake development slate includes deals with Rodar y Rodar for Spanish film “The Body,” Atresmedia for Spanish film “The Invisible Guest,” with Gaumont for French titles “Gang Story” and “Point Blank” and »

- Naman Ramachandran

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