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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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HBO's Watchmen Is Poised to Be a Giant Hit, but That Doesn't Mean Season 2 Is Coming

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HBO's Watchmen Is Poised to Be a Giant Hit, but That Doesn't Mean Season 2 Is Coming
HBO's adaptation of Watchmen isn't the first time the dark, meta-critical take on the superhero genre has been adapted for the screen, but it's definitely the buzziest version. The "remixed" version of the famous graphic novel, which debuts on Sunday, Oct. 20, is not a direct adaptation but rather a new story that takes place in the same universe. Will there be a second season, though? Right now, it's not looking likely.

During New York Comic Con, executive producer Damon Lindelof repeatedly stressed that Watchmen, as it stands now, is designed to be self-contained and not leave any loose ends at the end of season one.

"We designed these nine episodes to be as self-contained as the original 12 issues [of the comics]. We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness, to resolve the essential mystery at hand. Obviously, there is a potential promise for the further exploration of the world
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Everything You Need to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Upcoming TV Shows

Everything You Need to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Upcoming TV Shows
The Avengers might have beaten Thanos, but that hasn’t put a stop to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The world’s largest film franchise has already announced a slew of Phase 4 projects, but television fans will also be getting their superhero fill on the small screen, too.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to television shows, and although the Disney-Netflix partnership that delivered hits such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” has ended, there are a multitude of other television shows in the franchise that will be popping up in the next few years.

Here’s a rundown on all the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero action that will be making its way to television in the near future:

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right

‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right
It’s impossible to address the challenge of Nazi satire without considering “The Day the Clown Cried.” Jerry Lewis’ misbegotten 1972 production found the comedian directing himself as a Jewish entertainer at a concentration camp. To date, the completed work (if it exists at all) has never been seen. Lewis was reportedly ashamed of the project and managed to hide the footage from the world for the remainder of his life. “Jojo Rabbit” is some indication of why Lewis wanted to bury it: It’s no easy task to turn the Holocaust into a punchline.

There’s a difference between confronting evil and actually dismantling its assumptions. For all the good intentions of “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi’s “anti-hate satire” never contends with the Nazism at its core. It would be a different story if the movie, in the grand subversive tradition of “The Producers,” appropriated Nazi iconography by positioning it
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‘Cyrano, My Love’: Is A Delightful Look At The Creation Of A Classic [Review]

‘Cyrano, My Love’: Is A Delightful Look At The Creation Of A Classic [Review]
When “Cyrano De Bergerac” first appeared on the stage in Paris, it seemed like a gift from God in an era of canting comedies. Who could have guessed that this failed playwright could write an overnight success literally overnight? No one, apparently. In 19th century Paris, people mocked Edmond Rostand for performing poetry. “Write a comedy!” they told him. And so he did. The journey that follows his path to writing high-brow humor, “Cyrano, My Love,” seems like a gift from God in an era of standard-issue biopics.

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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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Former Disney Studios Chair Dick Cook to Make Two Adventure Films in Melbourne

Former Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook is set to make two fantasy adventure films in Melbourne, Australia through his production shingle Dick Cook Studios after securing upwards of $20.5 million (Aus$30 million) in incentives from the Australian and Victoria region governments.

Dick Cook Studios (Dcs) will establish its Asia-Pacific base at Docklands Studios Melbourne and will be headed up by Melbourne-born managing director Kate McLean.

The Docklands Studios Melbourne facility is set to expand with the construction of a $31.5 million, 3,700 square meter sound stage, it was also announced. As one of the largest in ...
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China Box Office: 'Maleficent' Pulls Off Upset Over 'Gemini Man'

China Box Office: 'Maleficent' Pulls Off Upset Over 'Gemini Man'
Heading into the weekend, Ang Lee's ailing Gemini Man was looking for a save from China's massive theatrical market.

Those hopes were dashed relatively early on Friday, however, when local word of mouth for the action thriller turned tepid and Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil began earning considerably more on a per-screen basis.

Local theater chains — as they do in China — responded in real time, shifting screens away from Gemini Man. By the time the dust settled on Sunday, Maleficent was the surprise weekend winner with $22.5 million, compared with Gemini Man's underwhelming $21 million ...
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Camerimage Cinematography Festival Unveils Main Competition Lineup

The EnergaCamerimage festival, which has become a bellwether for what's to come in the cinematography Oscar category, has announced its main competition lineup.

Films that will vie the festival's Golden Frog include box office juggernaut Joker; racing drama Ford v. Ferrari; an international film Oscar contender, Czech Republic's The Painted Bird; and a pair of Netflix movies, The Irishman and The Two Popes.

In three of the past six years, the winners of Camerimage's Golden Frog have gone on to earn Oscar nominations in cinematography. Those films include 2013's Ida, 2015's Carol and 2016'...
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‘Walking Dead': What Did Carol Really See, and What Did She Hallucinate?

‘Walking Dead': What Did Carol Really See, and What Did She Hallucinate?
(Major spoilers ahead for the Oct. 20 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

The third episode of season 10 of “The Walking Dead” played some interesting tricks on viewers this week, as the creative powers-that-be behind the AMC series decided to turn Carol (Melissa McBride) into a bit of an unreliable narrator.

In the episode, the residents of Alexandria faced a strange series of zombie incursions — incursions that the Whisperers claim they didn’t cause. The Alexandrians had to spend several straight days fighting off these groups of walkers, leading to pretty serious sleep deprivation for a bunch of the main characters.

Also Read: 'The Walking Dead' Season 10 Premiere Shed a Third of Its Season 9 Premiere Audience

Carol, still pretty tilted by the Whisperers murdering Henry and putting his head on a spike last season, didn’t even take naps during this span, popping stims instead to stay awake.
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‘Watchmen': Here’s How the HBO Series Ties Into Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Graphic Novel

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(Warning: The following story contains Major spoilers from both the first episode of HBO’s “Watchmen,” and the DC Comics graphic novel.)

With the premiere of HBO’s “Watchmen, we finally know how Damon Lindelof is tackling the acclaimed graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons: with both broad strokes and targeted precision.

Lindelof has described his version of “Watchmen” as a “remix” of the original comic, and that’s true. Featuring a new story and a new host of characters, it’s set 30 years after the events depicted in the comic, swapping 1980s Cold War anxieties for a contemporary story centered on race relations and police authority.

But the show frequently also makes it clear that the world in which it exists stems directly from the events of the comic. Below, TheWrap has rounded up every way those events are referenced in the premiere episode,
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‘Watchmen’ Director Breaks Down Creating a Squid Storm, Hero Moments for Regina King

‘Watchmen’ Director Breaks Down Creating a Squid Storm, Hero Moments for Regina King
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched the series premiere of “Watchmen,” which aired Oct. 20 on HBO.

The protagonist of “Watchmen” is leading a double life. By day, she goes by Angela (Regina King) and is a bakery owner, daughter, wife and mother who is first introduced to the audience while visiting her son’s class. By night, or whenever the situation calls for it, though, she is Sister Night, a masked defender of society and those within it’s rights. Both sides to her offer her different ways to be a hero, albeit a complicated one.
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‘Watchmen’ Premiere Recap: Masters of Disguise

‘Watchmen’ Premiere Recap: Masters of Disguise
Who watches the Watchmen? We do! Tonight, HBO debuted Damon Lindelof’s adaptation (or sequel, remix, whatever) of the legendary comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. I reviewed the show and interviewed Lindelof, and now it’s time to discuss the series premiere, “It’s Summer And We’re Running Out of Ice” — with full spoilers — coming up just as soon as I start war over lettuce…

A world on the verge of utter ruin.

A child spirited away to safety at the urging of his doomed parents.
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David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’: A Heady Swirl of Hope for Our Anxious Times

David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’: A Heady Swirl of Hope for Our Anxious Times
Fans of David Byrne are used to his ability of pinpointing life’s dumb incongruities and elevating them to something that could be either joyfully menacing or pleasurably disorienting. Rather than wearing an ironic mantle of aloofness, Byrne — who led Talking Heads through the 1970s and Eighties, and has followed his own joyously eclectic path as a solo artist since then — has in recent years made it his mission to try to help people find happiness. Earlier this year, he launched his online magazine, Reasons to Be Cheerful, and in many ways American Utopia,
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Video Shows Man in Maga Hat Blasting Anti-Trump Protesters With Bear Repellent

On the Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday, video captured a man in the Maga hat showering anti-Trump protesters with bear repellent.

According to the Los Angeles Times, anti-Trump protesters were met by a group of Trump supporters after moving from the beach to the pier. Santa Monica police Sgt. D. Hicks said after approximately ten minutes of exchanging taunts and chants, “everything went to crap.”

A video posted to YouTube shows a man wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat approaching the anti-Trump protesters and then dousing
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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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‘Joker’ Passes Global Box Office Run of ‘Justice League’ in Just 3 Weekends

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‘Joker’ Passes Global Box Office Run of ‘Justice League’ in Just 3 Weekends
Sometimes the supervillain has his day: “Joker” has passed “Justice League” on the all-time box office charts.

Made on almost a sixth of the budget of “Justice League” at just $55 million, “Joker” has exploded into the top 10 highest grossing movies of the year with $737 million grossed after just 3 weekends in theaters worldwide.

On the other hand, even though “Justice League” sported all of DC’s most popular superheroes — including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — it performed below its pedigree two years ago by grossing just $657 million worldwide. Considering that a solo film like “Wonder Woman” outperformed it and the “Avengers” films have made as much as four times that amount, it was a disappointment even as it turned a profit for Warner Bros.

Also Read: What Is 'Joker' Trying to Say About Poverty and Mental Illness? (Podcast)

“Joker” has performed completely the opposite. The film is now ranked among the
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Billionaire Defends Warren, Tells the Rich: ‘You’re Not Victims’

Michael Novogratz, billionaire and former Goldman Sachs partner, had some tough words for his fellow billionaires who fear Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax.“You’re not victims, you’re the richest people in the world,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. “How in God’s name do you feel like a victim?”

Novogratz, who is now investing in cryptocurrency as founder of Galaxy Investment Partners, spoke about the Democratic candidate’s plans to tax the rich to fund government programs such as universal child care and student debt forgiveness.
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This Week in Latin Music: Highlights From the 2019 Latin AMAs; Becky G Breaks Free

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from this week in Latin music — now with a Spotify playlist!

Anuel AA Racks Up Awards at the 2019 Latin AMAs; Daddy Yankee Debuts New Single

Telemundo aired its 5th annual Latin American Music Awards on Thursday, and Caribbean artists indisputably ruled the night. Although he didn’t take home a single award, Daddy Yankee made the most memorable presence at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre: sporting a fire engine red boiler suit, he premiered his sweltering dancehall-laden single, “Qué Tire Pa’lante,
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