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Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?

Is 'Crazy Rich Asians' Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend?
This weekend gets off to an early start with the Wednesday release of the much-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-led studio film to hit theaters since The Joy Luck Club. While Joy Luck Club didn't play in any more than 600 theaters during its run 25 years ago, Crazy Rich Asians will get its start in over 3,200 locations with plenty of buzz behind it.

Later in the week, STX will release what they hope is a franchise-starter in Mile 22 featuring Mark Wahlberg re-teaming with director Peter Berg, while Sony's Studio 8 will release Alpha.

Beginning with Crazy Rich Asians, the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name has been making headlines for some time now. Originally published in 2013, the book has found a place on Amazon Charts for the past five weeks, currently ranking as the third most sold fiction title on the site, up
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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)

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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)
Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to join Amy Adams and Julianne Moore in Fox 2000’s adaptation of A.J. Finn’s bestseller “Woman in the Window,” sources tell Variety.

Joe Wright is directing with Tracy Letts adapting the screenplay. Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, and Brian Tyree Henry are also on board to star. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing “Woman in the Window.”

“Woman in the Window” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remains the best-selling adult fiction title of the year. With more than one million copies sold in the U.S., the novel has topped the bestseller charts in multiple countries and is currently in print in 38 languages.

Mackie is best known for his roles in “The Hurt Locker” and as Falcon (aka Sam Wilson) in the Captain America films. He will wrap the Netflix remake of the French thriller “Point Blank” before shooting “Woman in the Window,
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TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More

TIFF Adds ‘Boy Erased,’ & New Films By Jeremy Saulnier, Paul Greengrass, Jonah Hill & More
As we approach the September kick-off date, the Toronto International Film Festival is beginning to round out its already-stacked lineup with new high-profile, awards-caliber films. Earlier today, we reported that new films starring Chris Pine, Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart were opening and closing the fest, but now we know some of the other big projects that are joining them.

Leading the way is the international premiere of the Joel Edgerton film “Boy Erased.” That film, which stars Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Lucas Hedges, is getting plenty of awards-season buzz.
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Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)

Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ (Exclusive)
Jesse Plemons is looking to reteam with his “Hostiles” helmer Scott Cooper on the director’s next pic, “Antlers,” a supernatural horror-thriller set up at Fox Searchlight.

Guillermo del Toro is producing the project with David Goyer and Miles Dale, who produced del Toro’s Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water.”

Antlers” follows a teacher (Keri Russell) who takes an interest in a mysterious and withdrawn student. As they become closer, she discovers that the boy is harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.

It is unknown who Plemons will be playing in the film.

Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson wrote the script, which is based on Antosca’s short story “The Quiet Boy.” Cooper did additional revisions. Kevin Turen and Antosca are exec producing.

Plemons and Cooper have a solid history, going back to Cooper’s mob movie “Black Mass” as well as the recently released western “Hostiles,” which also starred Christian Bale.
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Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’

Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’
Exclusive: Actor-writer Eric Bogosian is finalizing a deal to join Adam Sandler in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time follow-up Uncut Gems for A24. The Law & Order alum will have a key role opposite Sandler, I understand. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the movie, which has a script by the Safdies — Josh and Ben — and Ronald Bronstein. Producers are Scott Rudin and Eli Bush through Scott Rudin Produtions and Elara Pictures' Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson
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First Look at Taraji P. Henson in 'What Men Want'

First Look at Taraji P. Henson in 'What Men Want'
Taraji P. Henson shows off her funny side in the first trailer for comedy 'What Men Want.'

The movie is a gender-reversed take on the 2000 hit 'What Women Want,' which starred Mel Gibson and centered on a chauvinistic executive who gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

In the upcoming movie, Henson plays a successful sports agent who is passed up for a well-deserved promotion and questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man's world.

After taking a "magic potion," she gains the ability to hear men's thoughts and uses her newfound power to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar. But the lengths to which she resorts puts her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

Henson is perhaps best known for her Golden Globe-winning performance as Cookie Lyon in FOX drama "Empire" and starred in 2016 box-office hit 'Hidden Figures.'

Directed by Adam Shankman ('Hairspray'), the cast also includes Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske, and Erykah Badu.

'What Men Want' is set for release in U.S. theaters on Jan. 11, 2019.

Watch the trailer here.

‘3%’ Producer Boutique Filmes, Warner Channel Brasil Team for ‘Love Me Not’ (Exclusive)

The producer of hit Netflix original series “3%,” Sao Paulo’s Boutique Filmes, is teaming with Warner Channel Brasil to produce half-hour “Mal Me Quer” (Love Me Not), Warner Bros.’ first comedy original in Brazil.

Co-produced and to be aired by Warner Channel Brasil, “Love Me Not” went into production Aug. 14 in Brazil. “3%” producer Tiago Mello will executive produce for Boutique Filmes.

Success in such a large TV market as Brazil is vital for any domestic TV series. But as Brazilian series score on Netflix, and win prizes at Cannes, such as a Mip Drama Screening’s Grand Jury Prize for Globo’s “Jailers,” the ambitions of Boutique Filmes and Warner Channel, who co-own overseas rights, run beyond the domestic TV scene. Boutiques Filmes’ Tiago Mello, “3%” producer and executive producer on “Love Me Not” will attend Mipcom to explore format remakes.

That ambition goes with a series set in Brazil’s
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Toronto-Bound ‘Transit’ Picked Up for U.S. by Music Box Films (Exclusive)

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Christian Petzold’s “Transit,” which world-premiered in competition at Berlin and is set to play at the Toronto and New York film festivals.

“Transit,” which stars Franz Rogowski (“In the Aisles”) and Paula Beer (“Frantz”), was adapted from Anna Seghers’ World War II novel of the same name. An examination of modern France, it takes place in Marseilles just after the German invasion and follows Georg, a German refugee who takes on the identity of a recently deceased author, Weidel. Variety called it a film of “piercing emotional acuity.”

A well-established German filmmaker, Petzold also directed “Barbara,” which won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear in 2012; “Phoenix,” which won the Fipresci Prize at San Sebastian; and “Yella.”

“We are great admirers of Christian’s films, and are thrilled to finally be working with him,” said Music Box Films President William Schopf, who
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101 Films picks up Chee Keong Cheung's zombie horror 'Redcon-1'

The film will receive a theatrical tour around the UK as a series of event screenings.

UK distributor 101 Films has picked up Chee Keong Cheung’s zombie horror Redcon-1.

The company will distribute the film in collaboration with Intense Distribution, an arm of Chee’s production company Intense Productions.

Redcon-1, which stars Oris Erhuero, Carlos Gallardo, Akira Koieyama and Mark Strange. will be released as a series of event screenings around the UK, at both Vue theatres and indie sites, from September 28. Some 70 screenings in 28 cities are confirmed with more planned.

The screenings will include various director and cast Q&As,
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YouTube star Tanya Burr joins cast of UK horror 'Cassette' (exclusive)

Marcus Harben to make feature debut on found-footage horror.

YouTube star Tanya Burr, whose UK-based lifestyle channel has 3.6m subscribers, has joined the cast of Parkhouse Pictures’ found-footage horror project Cassette.

Principal photography begins this week in London on the privately-funded project about four students who move into their first flat together and discover it already has a ghostly tenant called Dawn. When the group find an old cassette that reveals the secrets behind Dawn’s death, they awaken a deadlier evil.

Cassette is written and directed by debut filmmaker Marcus Harben and stars Harry Jarvis (High Strung: Free Dance
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Sheffield Doc/Fest Director Elizabeth McIntyre to Exit

Sheffield Doc/Fest announced Wednesday that Elizabeth McIntyre is stepping down from her role as CEO and festival director after three years in the post. The world-renowned documentary festival celebrated its 25th anniversary edition in June.

Alex Graham, chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest, said McIntyre was leaving the festival “in great shape.” The festival will begin its search for a new director in September. The new appointee will oversee the 2019 edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest, which will run from June 6 to 11.

“I am immensely proud of what Liz has achieved these last three years,” said Graham. “Her professionalism and vision have created a fertile environment for her talented senior team to deliver increasingly pioneering and compelling festival programs, widely celebrated by both industry and public audiences.”

The festival, which began in 1994 with 42 films screened over just two days, has grown into the U.K.’s leading and an internationally recognized documentary festival.
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The Meg takes giant bite of UK box office

Jason Statham’s prehistoric shark makes waves with summer cinemagoers, while Mamma Mia! 2 is still packing them in

While Jason Statham has been seen on screen in recent years in Fast and Furious and Expendables movies, and had a supporting role in Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy, his own movie vehicles had begun to dwindle in number and impact. His last outing as a protagonist was 2016’s Mechanic: Resurrection, which grossed £1.37m in total in UK cinemas. Before that, 2015’s Wild Card managed just £410,000. Was it now game over for Statham as a leading male action star, some were beginning to wonder?
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Elizabeth McIntyre Steps Down As CEO Of Sheffield Doc/Fest After Three Years

Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO and Festival Director Elizabeth McIntyre is to step down after three years in charge. McIntyre has run the British festival, which is one of the largest non-fiction festivals in the world, since 2016. She has welcomed names such as Tilda Swinton, Sir David Attenborough, Maxine Peake, Michael Moore, Shane Meadows, Lauren Greenfield, Jamal Edwards and Da Pennebaker to the northern city during her tenure. This year, the former Discovery commissioner…
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Sheffield Doc/Fest head Elizabeth McIntyre steps down

Festival to begin successor search for 2019 edition in September.

Sheffield Doc/Fest CEO and festival director Elizabeth McIntyre has left her role after three years at the helm of the UK’s preeminent documentary festival.

In September, the festival will begin a search for her successor to guide Doc/Fest’s next edition, which will run June 6-11 in 2019.

During McIntyre’s tenure, Doc/Fest hosted names including Tilda Swinton, David Attenborough, Maxine Peake, Yance Ford, Ken Loach, and Michael Moore.

The 2018 edition of the festival opened with Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul, the event saw ticket sales rise 16% this year.
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Outrage at Disney casting Jack Whitehall to play a gay character is misguided

Not very long ago, a gay character leading a Disney film would have been unthinkable. Let’s give this moment the celebration it deserves

Disney’s new film will feature a gay character – for the first time ever in the company’s history.

To have read that statement when I was a closeted, confused 13-year-old boy would have had such an impact.
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The end of Sharknado: saying goodbye to the silliest movie franchise ever

With The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time, the cheapest, strangest, dumbest B-movie series is coming to an end – but will we miss it?

You’ll be reassured to learn that Sharknado 6 isn’t very good. Spoilers are embargoed until premiere, so I can’t tell you which hifalutin piece of cinema it references in its very first frame, nor how Tara Reid makes her entrance. I can’t even tell you the genuinely ridiculous way in which she leaves. Believe me, that breaks my heart.

Related: The 10 best movie shark performances – ranked!
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‘Ozark’ Season 2 Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama Slows Way Down in a Sturdy but Bland Follow-Up — Spoiler-Free

‘Ozark’ Season 2 Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama Slows Way Down in a Sturdy but Bland Follow-Up — Spoiler-Free
Ozark” Season 1 made so many bold choices, so quickly, that Season 2 was bound to slow things down. Engaging viewers with the escalating series of crises Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his family had to deal with immediately, the Netflix drama ate up a ton of narrative to provide its breakneck pace. Now that the ex-suburbanites have their backwoods criminal enterprise up and sailing, instead of plugging holes in a sinking ship, a steadier, more character-driven story comes with the territory.

But the degree to which “Ozark” slams on the breaks is disconcerting; the downshift in pacing creates an antsy viewing experience that transitions into blandness, as the follow-up season spends nearly seven hours setting up a moral turning point it could’ve easily implemented much sooner. While still a sharp, attentive, and altogether capable drama, the benefits of a successful first season don’t transfer to the Byrdes in Season 2 — or viewers watching them.
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Films Boutique inks first deals on Cannes/Sarajevo title 'One Day' (exclusive)

Film premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week.

Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique is reporting initial business on its Hungarian drama One Day, which premiered at Cannes in Critics’ Week and plays this week in Sarajevo Film Festival’s Feature Competition.

The film has sold to Benelux (September Film), Ex-Yugoslavia (Obala Art Center), Brazil (Zeta Filmes), China (Hugoeast), and Poland (Aurora).

Directed by Zsófia Szilágyi, her feature debut, One Day spans 36 hours in the life of a working mother of three, played by Zsófia Szamosi, who struggles handling domestic and professional obligations, while she suspects her husband might be cheating on her with a friend.
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26 Movies in the Pipeline from Indonesia for Wattpad and Iflix

Streaming video service, iflix has teamed with Canadian online entertainment platform Wattpad. Together they plan to produce “dozens of original movies” in Indonesia over the next year.

The stories will be selected from the 6 million pieces of Indonesian content uploaded to Wattpad. The companies say that machine learning will guide the selection process.

Aggregate production budgets were not disclosed and multiple funding components are involved. Iflix and Wattpad have so far identified 26 project for production. Leading Indonesian production firm Screenplay is expected to commit to co-fund and co-produce at least 15 of them. Other titles are likely to find homes with other Indonesian producers, and be announced in the coming weeks.

The finished films will play on iflix’s free tier, and across all the countries in its footprint. Depending on the deals with Screenplay and the other local producers, some of the titles may be given limited theatrical releases in Indonesia.
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Film Review: ‘Alpha’

“Alpha,” a spectacular prehistoric eye-candy survival yarn, is enthralling in a square and slightly stolid way. It’s the tale of a young hunter stranded in the wilderness, who proves his manhood and becomes best friends with a wolf, and it’s like a Disney adventure fueled by a higher octane of visual dazzle, with a gnarly texture wrought from elements like blood, excrement, and maggots. The director, Albert Hughes, made his name along with his brother Allen co-directing such landmark films as “Menace II Society” (1993) and the supremely underrated Jack the Ripper thriller “From Hell” (2001), and on his own he proves to be a seductive if highly traditional craftsman who knows how to sculpt a drama of the primal human spirit out of sweeping images: a herd of mastodons, a billowing volcano, a racing warthog, sun and wind and ice and plunging cliffs.

Hughes is artful enough not to
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