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'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Tops the Weekend, but Falls Short of Expectations

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Tops the Weekend, but Falls Short of Expectations
This weekend saw the release of two new sequels and Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil topped the chart as expected, albeit with a lighter performance than expected. However, Sony's Zombieland: Double Tap came in on the high side of expectations while WB's Joker continued its strong run and will soon top $250 million domestically. Elsewhere, Neon's Parasite, A24's The Lighthouse and Fox Searchlight's Jojo Rabbit all had strong showings in limited release. With an estimated $36 million, Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opened atop the weekend box office, but failed to reach studio or industry expectations. The performance is also nearly half of the $69.4 million opening for the 2014 original. We saw early signs the film might struggle as noted in our weekend preview when looking at IMDb page view data, but it does appear those that did make their way to theaters to see the follow up enjoyed it,
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Film About Australian Rules Football Star Who Confronted Racism Scores U.K. Release (Exclusive)

With racism in sports front-page news in Britain, Dogwoof has scored all U.K. rights to “The Australian Dream,” the acclaimed feature documentary about Adam Goodes, an indigenous Australian rules football star who took on the racists. The film just had its local premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and will be released in U.K. movie theaters next year

Goodes twice won the Brownlow Medal, awarded to the fairest and best player in the Australian Football League, and was named Australian of the Year in 2014. Having spoken out about racism, he faced hostility from booing fans inside stadiums while playing and from some quarters of the media. He quietly retired in 2015.

Daniel Gordon (“Hillsborough”) directed the film, which was written by Australian journalist Stan Grant. It traces Goodes’ his meteoric rise in football through to his bowing out of the sport. Goodes is interviewed, and the film features archive footage.
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Francis Ford Coppola: Marvel films are “despicable”

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Francis Ford Coppola: Marvel films are “despicable”
The Godfather director spoke out in support of Martin Scorsese’s comments that Marvel films are not “true cinema.”

Francis Ford Coppola called Marvel Cinematic Universe films “despicable” at the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, where he received the Prix Lumiere.

The Godfather director spoke out in support of Martin Scorsese’s comments that Marvel films are not “true cinema.” He was flanked by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and acclaimed director Bertrand Tavernier.

Scorsese argued that Marvel films are like “theme park rides” when delivering the Bafta David Lean Lecture. In response to a question posed by Screen, Coppola acknowledged
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Doctor Sleep, It, The Dark Tower: is there too much Stephen King on screen?

The horror overlord is everywhere in 2019, and with good reason. But we may be getting close to saturation point

Stephen King rules modern horror – but how much of his reign can we take? In 2019, his stories seem to be everywhere. On Halloween comes Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. It is the fourth King-derived movie this year, following Pet Sematary, In the Tall Grass (Netflix’s third King adaptation in three years) and, still on release, It: Chapter Two. Meanwhile, coming to the small screen we have HBO’s The Outsider, Amazon’s The Dark Tower, a Julianne Moore-led Lisey’s Story, The Stand, season three of Mr Mercedes and season two of Castle Rock. His 61st novel, The Institute, was also released last month. A TV adaptation is already in the works.

You do not have to look far for explanations for King’s ubiquity. For one thing,
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Judi Dench to receive outstanding achievement honour at 2019 Screen Awards

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From her supporting role in the 007 franchise to titles such as ‘Philomena’, Dench’s films have made $6bn at the worldwide box office.

Dame Judi Dench is to be honoured with Screen International’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Film award.

The award recognises the achievements of an individual or company whose contributions to UK film have had a significant impact on the reputation of the industry, both locally and internationally.

It will be presented to the Oscar and Bafta award-winning actress at the Screen Awards on November 28 at The Ballroom, Southbank.

The award is sponsored by Screen Scotland.

Now in their 10th year,
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‘Bloodshot’ Trailer: Vin Diesel Becomes A Superhuman Killer In Sony’s & Valiant Comics First Superhero Feature

You hear Vin Diesel (“Fast & Furious” series) and the words “killing machine,” you don’t bat an eyelid. Diesel and the action genre go hand in hand really, well here he goes again in another similar role as he plays Valiant Comics own “Bloodshot” in there feature film debut.

The project is being directed by Dave Wilson, and will serve as his first feature film as a director.

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Korea Box Office: ‘Maleficent 2’ Debuts on Top, Deposes ‘Joker’

Korea Box Office: ‘Maleficent 2’ Debuts on Top, Deposes ‘Joker’
Given a Thursday opening, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Walt Disney release earned $4.56 million from 612,000 admissions over four days. The fantasy adventure film accounted for 37% of total weekend box office in the country.

“Joker” slipped to second after remaining on top for two consecutive weekends. It earned $2.95 million from 390,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday to extend its three-weekend total to $33.7 million. It accounted for 27% of the weekend box office.

Korean comedy “Crazy Romance” and comedy drama “Perfect Man” slipped to third and fifth, respectively. Next Entertainment World’s “Romance” earned $2.04 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $18.5 million, after three weekends. Showbox’s “Perfect Man” earned $490,000 for a three-weekend total of $8.4 million admissions.

Another Thursday opener, “Love, Again” landed in fourth. Distributed by Little Big Pictures, the romantic drama earned $981,000 in four days. Directed by Park Yong-jip, “Love, Again
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The Oscar-Predictive Cameraimage Festival Lineup Will Include ‘Joker’ and ‘The Irishman’

The Oscar-Predictive Cameraimage Festival Lineup Will Include ‘Joker’ and ‘The Irishman’
The Toruń, Poland film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography has become homecoming week for directors of photography from around the globe. And while Camerimage organizers say they have no interest in the American awards season, cinematographers nominate cinematographers for the Oscars — and the 13 films that compete for the Golden Frog for Best Cinematography have become a predictor of the Academy’s Best Cinematography nominees.

The Camerimage 2019 Main Competition includes: “Ford v Ferrari” (Dp Phedon Papamichael), “The Irishman” (Dp Rodrigo Prieto), “Joker” (Dp Lawrence Sher), “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (Dp Adam Newport-Berra), “Motherless Brooklyn” (Dp Dick Pope), “The Two Popes” (Dp César Charlone), “The Painted Bird” (Dp Vladimír Smutný), “An Officer and a Spy” (Dp Paweł Edelman), “Never Look Away” (Dp Caleb Deschanel), “Mr. Jones” (Dp Tomasz Naumiuk), “Shadow” (Dp Xiaoding Zhao), “Bolden” (Dp Neal Norton), and “Amundsen” (Dp Paal Ulvik Rokseth).

IndieWire has confirmed that
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Nansun Shi looks back at four decades of taking Chinese films overseas

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Hong Kong producer described her career from 1980s ’disruptor’ studio Cinema City to the present day during Pingyao film festival’s Forum platform.

Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi took a captivated audience of young cinephiles and budding filmmakers through her 38-year career of producing Chinese-language films in a Forum session at Pingyao International Film Festival (Pyiff).

Shi was in Pingyao to receive the ‘International Contribution to Chinese Cinema Award’ for helping give Chinese films an international profile. Her producing credits include the many iconic titles she made through Film Workshop with her former husband Tsui Hark, to the Infernal Affairs
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Kirsten Dunst and ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Director Break Down Finale’s Most Poignant Scene

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Kirsten Dunst and ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Director Break Down Finale’s Most Poignant Scene
[Editor’s Note: This story contains spoilers for the season finale of “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” titled “Go Getters Gonna Go Getcha.”]

The hands down best scene of Showtime’s exceptionally good, wild ride of a series “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” arrives at the season’s end. As it turns out, it was also the last scene that director Charlie McDowell shot with stars Kirsten Dunst and Théodore Pellerin.

In the Sunday night finale, Krystal (Dunst) — the streetwise Orlando water-park employee who takes command of the cult-like pyramid scheme that drove her husband to his death — is, as she puts it, “fucking done.” By now, Krystal has confronted the insidious, true nature of Fam, which hasn’t been paying off for her or for her co-conspirator Cody (Pellerin), who’s been working as a security detail for the Garbeaus.

In the climactic scene of “Go Getters Gonna Go Getcha,” Krystal and Cody share a come-to-Jesus moment in an empty bathtub,
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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Early Buzz: It’s ‘The Force Awakens’ of the ‘Terminator’ Franchise

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Early Buzz: It’s ‘The Force Awakens’ of the ‘Terminator’ Franchise
The first reactions from Terminator: Dark Fate have rolled in on social media after the first wave of critics recently got a sneak peek at the movie. They weren’t the only ones either. An event at Alamo Drafthouse locations that was marketed as a Terminator 2: Judgment Day fan event with a sneak peek of […]

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First ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Reactions Praise the Sequel as Best in the Franchise Since ‘T2’

The first reactions to Terminator: Dark Fate have made their way to the internet. Dark Fate may technically be the next installment in the long-running Terminator franchise but it's going to change up the story a little while reuniting frequent franchise player Arnold Schwarzenegger with The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day star Linda Hamilton. Hamilton returns as Terminator protagonist Sarah Connor while Schwarzenegger reprises his role as a now-tame Terminator (who is apparently named Carl?!) aligned with Sarah. The two Terminator franchise vets join newcomers Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta. Deadpool director …
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‘Watchmen’ Review: Decoding Damon Lindelof’s Masterful Premiere, Including That Shocking Final Shot

‘Watchmen’ Review: Decoding Damon Lindelof’s Masterful Premiere, Including That Shocking Final Shot
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Watchmen” Episode 1, “It’s Summer, and We’re Running Out of Ice.]

Like a herd of cattle stampeding through a Tulsa ranch, the “Watchmen” premiere comes at you fast. Easily Damon Lindelof’s most tightly packed episode since “The Leftovers” Season 3 debut, “The Book of Kevin,” “It’s Summer, and We’re Running Out of Ice” builds a vivid new world on the foundation laid by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel — and then it digs a new basement to boot. By opening with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Lindelof establishes a new (and true) starting point for his story, as well as a stark framing that sets the stage for the series’ central conflict: the white supremacists in the Seventh Kavalry and a police force led by a black detective, Angela Abar (Regina King).

In between, there are easter eggs galore for fans of the original comic book, more
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‘Watchmen’ Starts With One of the Best Pilots Ever, Announcing “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

‘Watchmen’ Starts With One of the Best Pilots Ever, Announcing “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”
Whew – what a way to start a show. In the annals of great TV pilots, you can bet that Watchmen‘s initial launch will be held up alongside such iconic pilots as those for Lost, The Sopranos, Twin Peaks, Deadwood, and more. So much information is crammed into this opener, and yet it never feels overstuffed. And while there’s an […]

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Ghosts’ Kicks Season 10 Down A Notch

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Ghosts’ Kicks Season 10 Down A Notch
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead” Season 10, Episode 3, “Ghosts.”]

If you were hoping “The Walking Dead” would start revving the old storytelling engines after the table setting of this season’s first two episodes, I’m afraid you’ll have to keep waiting. There is some incremental progress made in the Whisperer storyline during “Ghosts”, but otherwise it’s a bunch of uninspired or redundant character work. No one would ever accuse “The Walking Dead” of being a fast-paced series, but I held some hope that after Season 9’s eventful run, Season 10 would shake things up a bit more. But if this year’s first three episodes are any indication, Season 9’s pacing was an aberration; we’re back to slowed-down business as usual. And sadly, “Ghosts” is the weakest episode of Season 10 so far.

Man Is the True Monster

The main story this week concerns Carol, who responds to seeing Alpha again
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‘Star Wars Resistance’ Review: Pilots Rise and Fall in “Live Fire”

‘Star Wars Resistance’ Review: Pilots Rise and Fall in “Live Fire”
After fleeing the First Order’s ambush in “Quick Salvage Run,” the Colossus needs to up its game in defense. Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) brings in the Rebel veteran Jared Yeager (Scott Lawrence) to refine the combat skills of the Aces, the Colossus star racers who doubled as the protectors from pirates. Due to his past […]

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India’s Inox Multiplex Chain Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

Indian multiplex chain Inox Leisure has revealed ambitious plans to more than double its existing screen capacity of 600.

The company is planning to add 900 more screens across the country over the next decade. “That’s the realistic answer, but my desire is to do it over the next five years,” Siddharth Jain, director, Inox Group, told Variety.

Inox will spend on an average $350,000 per screen, amounting to a total investment of $316 million for 900 screens. The company is currently India’s second largest cinema chain behind market leader PVR, which has 800 screens and plans to add 800-1,000 more over four years at a cost of $422 million.

Inox recently completed a $7 million refurbishment of an existing property in Mumbai and relaunched it as a 11-screen ‘Megaplex.’ It is the world’s first multiplex with six different cinema formats under one roof.

These include Inox’s homegrown formats Insignia, a luxury experience with leather recliners,
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Rory Kennedy, Gregory Nava Celebrate Films Creating Social Change at 2019 Student Academy Awards

Rory Kennedy, Gregory Nava Celebrate Films Creating Social Change at 2019 Student Academy Awards
“I think storytelling is really our hope because there is such divisiveness right now in the world. And, I think that stories enable us to hear each other and see different sides of an experience,” documentarian Rory Kennedy told Variety at the 2019 Student Academy Awards on Thursday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Kennedy was one of the five presenters for this year’s Student Academy Awards — along with Melina Matsoukas, Gregory Nava, Phil Lord and Chris Miller — which honored 16 student winners from colleges and universities around the world.

While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has existed since 1929, the student academy wasn’t founded until 1972 in an effort to encourage student filmmakers while acknowledging them for telling stories that do more than just entertain. Robert Zemeckis, Spike Lee and Patricia Riggen were past Student Academy Award recipients.

Kennedy praised this year’s “extraordinary winners,” saying,
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‘Maleficent’ Is Less Than Magnificent as Annual Box Office Performance Continues to Slide

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‘Maleficent’ Is Less Than Magnificent as Annual Box Office Performance Continues to Slide
While specialty titles spent this weekend breaking records, overall performance showed that the season’s weakness continues. The clearest sign comes from the disappointing start for “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil;” following “Gemini Man,” it’s the second very expensive domestic disappointment in as many weeks. Another sequel, “Zombieland; Double Tap” had a decent start, although as expected it was bested by the third weekend of “Joker.”

All told, it’s another weekend below the same period in 2018. With an estimated total of around $136 million, that’s 20% lower than last year, when “Halloween” opened to more than “Maleficent” and “Zombieland” combined. It also extends the annual shortfall to nearly $550 million and almost 6%, eliminating any real hope of box-office growth.

Disney dominance is propelled by an assembly line that includes its live-action versions of animated and other kids classics. However, this sequel to “Maleficent” opened to less than half of the 2014 original; at a $200 million production cost,
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TV Bits: ‘The Stand’, ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, ‘The Crown’, and More

TV Bits: ‘The Stand’, ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, ‘The Crown’, and More
In this edition of TV Bits: Sarah Silverman strikes a deal for a late-night series pilot and stand-up comedy special with HBO. Heather Graham joins The Stand. What We Do in the Shadows season 2 has started production. Stephen Colbert will host The Late Show until at least 2023. Kurt Sutter has bee fired for being a jerk. […]

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