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'Good Boys' Gives Universal Its Third Straight Weekend #1

'Good Boys' Gives Universal Its Third Straight Weekend #1
Universal scored a strong performance this weekend from their new R-rated comedy Good Boys, which out performed expectations and took the top spot at the weekend box office. The studio also scored a second place finish with Hobbs & Shaw over a weekend that saw yet another five new wide releases hit theaters. However, outside of Good Boys, the weekend's four other newcomers mostly struggled over the weekend, which includes WB's Blinded by the Light narrowly finding its way into the top ten while Uar's Where'd You Go, Bernadette fell short. With an estimated $21 million, Universal's Good Boys finished atop the weekend box office. Doing so with not only a strong critical reception heading into the weekend, but audiences liked what they saw, with the film receiving an 89% audience score at RottenTomatoes and a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The film played to a crowd that was 52% male
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Box Office: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Pulls Ahead of ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Overseas

Box Office: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Pulls Ahead of ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Overseas
Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” might not have hit No. 1 in North America, but Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is leading the way at the international box office, where it collected $53.7 million from 46 markets.

That marks the best foreign opening of Tarantino’s career, coming in ahead of 2012’s “Django Unchained.” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” debuted in a handful of international territories, including Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, before this weekend’s larger release. In a win for original content, the movie has now earned $66 million overseas and $180.5 million globally. The studio spent $90 million to produce the film.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” had the strongest showing in the United Kingdom with a five-day launch of $8.9 million, followed by France with $6.9 million, Germany with $5.6 million, and Australia with $4.4 million. In Russia, where it bowed two weeks ago, the film has made $13 million. It has yet to launch in Mexico,
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Bragason Brings ‘Woman at War’s’ Geirharosdottir to ‘The Garden’ (Exclusive)

Bragason Brings ‘Woman at War’s’ Geirharosdottir to ‘The Garden’ (Exclusive)
Acclaimed actress Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, best known for “Woman at War,” is set to star in writer/director Ragnar Bragason’s dark comedy “The Garden.”

Currently in post-production and to be pitched at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films over Aug. 20-23, “The Garden” is Bragason’s sixth feature and his first one since the 2013 Toronto entry “Metalhead.”

“I did two plays in between and the TV series “Fangar” (“Prisoners” in English”),” said the director, known as well for his twin features “Children”/”Parents”, and the ‘Shift’ TV series. Based on Bragason’s own 2012 stage play “The Garden,” which ran for a year at the Reykjavik City Theatre to a sold-out crowd, the picture is a social realist satire set in Reykjavik in a large apartment block full of immigrants.

Sectarian Indiana Jónsdóttir lives off the public welfare state, and in her small private garden, tends to her award-winning laburnum tree. Johanna – her neighbor,
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Costa-Gavras to Receive San Sebastian Career Achievement Donostia Award

Costa-Gavras to Receive San Sebastian Career Achievement Donostia Award
Costa-Gavras, the Greek-born France-based director of some of the most famed movies of political cinema, from 1969’s “Z” to 1981’s “Missing,” will receive a career achievement Donostia Award at this September’s 67th San Sebastian Film Festival.

The filmmaker will collect his prize on Sept. 21 at a ceremony held at San Sebastian’s Victoria Eugenia, where his latest film, “Adults in the Room,” will screen.

The feature is the cinematic adaptation of the book of the same title written by former Greek minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis.According the film’s synopsis, it marks a portrayal of a group of politicians “trapped in an inhuman network of power” in a “brutal circle of Eurogroup meetings which imposed on Greece a dictatorship of austerity.” It’s described as a modern-day tragedy which chronicles the brief six months Varoufakis served in his position.

Costa-Gavras’ was last in San Sebastian in 2012 when his
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China Box Office: New Animations No Match For ‘Nezha’ Domination

Chinese animation “Nezha” continued its run as China’s biggest hit of the summer, maintaining its top spot at the box office even 25 days into its run with a weekend gross of $41.2 million. The tally made it this weekend’s fourth highest grossing film worldwide.

Meanwhile, two other new animated titles performed unremarkably. The flop of Tencent spinoff company China Literature Media’s new animation “The King’s Avatar: For the Glory” on its debut made it clear that just trotting out any old locally-made cartoon based on a well-known IP isn’t enough to spark “Nezha”-style box office domination. It grossed just $9.3 million, according to data from the Artisan Gateway consultancy, despite being an adaptation of a very popular online novel about an professional e-sports player that has top ratings for fan engagement. This made it fifth at the China box office and fourteenth globally.

Rovio Entertainment’s
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Killers Anonymous: Has the Hollywood hitman had its day?

The besuited assassin seems to only exist in films. Perhaps it’s time to put them out of their misery

The central gimmick of new movie Killers Anonymous is an AA-style support group where various underworld assassins come to “share”. That’s about all it has to bring to this flagging party, other than underlining how utterly divorced the movies’ concept of the “hitman” has become from reality. The world is tragically full of gun violence and targeted assassinations, but the perpetrators are rarely cool international assassins who make a clean shot from a rooftop far away, or walk away from explosions without turning round (thus making it painfully obvious that they’re the culprit!). And yet these characters have become a tiresome fixture of modern moviegoing. Someone needs to take them out.

Where Killers Anonymous assembles a motley group of recovering assassins (including Gary Oldman and Jessica Alba), we
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‘Knives Out’ for London Film Festival as Rian Johnson Film Lands Gala Slot

‘Knives Out’ for London Film Festival as Rian Johnson Film Lands Gala Slot
Knives Out,” starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Colette, has been unveiled as the London Film Festival’s Gala movie. Rian Johnson’s whodunit, which also stars Ana De Armas, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer, will screen as the fest’s centerpiece American Express Gala film on Oct. 8.

The prestigious slot was taken by “The Favourite” last year. Johnson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) and cast are expected to be in London for “Knives Out’s” European premiere.

The movie comes from Lionsgate and Mrc, and pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie. Everyone is a suspect after crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is found dead. Debonair detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) is enlisted to investigate, sifting through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth.

“I’m thrilled to be screening ‘Knives Out’ at the BFI London Film Festival,” Johnson said. “This
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BFI London Film Festival adds Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

BFI London Film Festival adds Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’
‘Whodunnit’ starring Daniel Craig selected as American Express Gala.

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out has been selected as the American Express Gala at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

The film will receive its European premiere on Thursday, October 8 at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square.

The starry cast includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer. Johnson and some cast are expected to attend.

Written by Johnson, Knives Out is a modern take on the “whodunnit” genre, with Craig playing a detective investigating the murder of a renowned crime novelist.
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‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ Animated Series Revival Coming from Kevin Smith at Netflix

While Sony Pictures is currently getting a new Masters of the Universe movie together, there’s another treat in store for fans who have been anxious to head back to Eternia. Filmmaker Kevin Smith announced at Power-Con that he will act as executive producer and showrunner on a new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe […]

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Samuel Gelfman, Roger Corman Film Producer, Dies at 88

Samuel Gelfman, Roger Corman Film Producer, Dies at 88
Samuel Gelfman, a New York producer known for his work on Roger Corman’s “Caged Heat,” “Cockfighter” and “Cannonball!,” died Thursday morning at UCLA Hospital in Westwood following complications from heart and respiratory disease, his son Peter Gelfman confirmed. He was 88.

Gelfman was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Caldwell New Jersey where he attended grade and high school, before graduating Princeton University in 1953 with a degree in architecture. Soon after, he returned to New York where he worked for the Candida Donadio talent agency and the Feuer and Martin company. It was the latter that got him his next job as an Off-Broadway producer for the improvisational theater The Premise.

From there, he became the Vice President of New York Production for United Artists, before leaving to buy film rights for the first video cassette company Cartrivision. At that time, he also began working with
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'Spider-Man: Far From Home' becomes Sony box office champ

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' becomes Sony box office champ
The superhero sequel surpasses Skyfall as the studio’s biggest grosser ever.

Spider-Man: Far From Home has become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film of all time, with the superhero saga passing the $1.108bn global total of James Bond outing Skyfall over the weekend.

Far From Home, from Sony’s Columbia Pictures, took an estimated $2.75m at the North American box office this weekend and another $3.1m from 64 international markets. Those takes push the film’s international total to $733m and its domestic tally to $376m, for a global figure of $1.109bn.

Unlike Skyfall, produced with MGM and Eon Productions and released
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'Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood' strong in wide international opening, 'Hobbs & Shaw' passes $400m at global box office

'Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood' strong in wide international opening, 'Hobbs & Shaw' passes $400m at global box office
Quentin Tarantino’s latest beats director’s previous films in international box office expansion.

Columbia PicturesOnce Upon A Time…In Hollywood took pole position at the international box office this weekend, opening in 46 markets and grossing an estimated $53.7m from 11,200-plus screens.

According to studio sources, it was the best start in that group of territories for any of Quentin Tarantino’s films, surpassing the writer-director’s Django Unchained by 30% for the same group of markets at current exchange rates.

Chinese animation smash Nezha, meanwhile, approached the $600m mark and Hobbs & Shaw crossed $400m globally.

Sony Pictures Releasing International

Once Upon A Time…
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‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ strong in wide international opening, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ passes $400m globally

‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ strong in wide international opening, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ passes $400m globally
Quentin Tarantino’s latest beats director’s previous films in international box office expansion.

Columbia PicturesOnce Upon a Time…in Hollywood took pole position at the international box office this weekend, opening in 46 international markets and grossing an estimated $53.7m from 11,200-plus screens.

According to studio sources, it was the best start in that group of territories for any of Quentin Tarantino’s films, surpassing the writer-director’s Django Unchained by 30% for the same group of markets at current exchange rates.

Chinese animation smash Nezha, meanwhile, approached the $600m mark and Hobbs & Shaw crossed $400m globally.

China Update

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‘Good Boys’ Tops Box Office, Bringing Hope For Original Comedies

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‘Good Boys’ Tops Box Office, Bringing Hope For Original Comedies
Universal is shaking off the damage from pulling “The Hunt” from release, but it can take comfort in the surprise showing of R-rated comedy “Good Boys.” Not only is it the first original film to reach number one since “Us” in March (another Universal title), but it also shows the depth of the studio’s lower-budget slate.

Good Boys” pushed a Universal franchise, “Hobbs & Shaw,” from the top spot, and created the rare case when a non-Disney studio held the top two spots. The week also came with four new wide releases: Two were sequels (“The Angry Birds Movie 2” and “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”), both of which failed to do more than mediocre business. “Blinded By the Light” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” both targeted older audiences and struggled to gain attention, though the former — a Bruce Springsteen-inspired crowd pleaser — seemed to show initial word-of-mouth appeal.
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Disney Wants You to Stop Sharing Your Streaming Passwords

Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to prevent multiple people from sharing the same streaming account across their offerings, according to a new report. What does that mean for future Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ users? Get ready to say goodbye to using your ex’s login.

The news arrives amid a new distribution agreement announced between Disney and Charter, which is the nation’s second-biggest cable company, boasting nearly 16 million customers nationwide. In their joint announcement, Disney and Charter said they have “agreed to work together on piracy mitigation. The two companies will work together to implement business rules and techniques to address such issues as unauthorized access and password sharing.”

How exactly they plan to put a cap on password sharing is unclear, with the companies stating “we don’t have details to share at this time.”

In addition to streaming services, the deal allows Charter to continue
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Why ‘Blinded By the Light’ and ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Opened Wide

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Two wide releases from top directors with appeal to adult audiences are specialty films, even if their distributors opted to open them in over 2,000 theaters. Warner Bros. had strong reasons for wide-releasing New Line Cinema’s Bruce Springsteen-infused Sundance pickup “Blinded By the Light” this weekend, as did United Artists with Annapurna’s long-delayed Cate Blanchett vehicle “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

The question is how to find audiences for these films, as studios and indies alike wrestle with deeply rooted issues in today’s theatrical market. Even Sony Pictures Classics, which has pivoted to documentaries, found a weak initial arthouse audience for fast-frame-rate “Aquarela,” despite top-end reviews and theaters.

In wider release, “The Farewell” (A24) continues to add to its impressive totals. So does Roadside Attractions’ crowdpleasing “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which showed a strong second weekend with non-specialized audiences as a key element.

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Blinded By the Light (Warner Bros.
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A Never Before Seen ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie Deleted Scene Has Surfaced

Super Mario Bros. The Movie is one of the weirdest and most mystifying major studio releases of all-time. In an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Nintendo video game franchise of the same name, Hollywood Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures, the movie brought the game to life in one of the most perplexing […]

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George R.R. Martin Says HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ ‘Wasn’t Very Good for Me’

The rancorous response to the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” continues to generate chatter three months later, and author George R.R. Martin still has to answer to fans. In a new interview with The Guardian, the novelist again says that he is sticking to his original plans for the remaining books in the series, stressing that the controversial conclusion to the show will have no affect on what he’s writing — and whatever that is remains shrouded in mystery.

“You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” Martin said, adding that he divorced himself from the ire sparked by the finale. “I took myself out of all that,” he said.

“Some of [the theories] are right and some of [the theories] are wrong,” Martin said in response to fan speculation about what’s to come in the new books. “They’ll find out when I finish.”

Martin
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‘Friedkin Uncut’ Trailer: New Doc Dives Into The Life Of ‘Exorcist, ‘French Connection’ Filmmaker William Friedkin

By now, you ought to know the filmmaking career of legendary Oscar-winning director William Friedkin. If you don’t know Friedkin himself for some reason, you probably at least know films like “The French Connection,” and “The Exorcist.” But Friedkin’s career is extraordinary and offbeat, going from massive box office success (“The Exorcist”) and Oscar-dominating wins (“The French Connection”), to comeuppance from an industry (and critical industrial complex) that turned on the filmmaker known for his arrogance in his youth.

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‘Black Panther 2’ Bringing Back Martin Freeman, ‘Black Widow’ Has a Dutch Giant

Even though Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t include Black Panther 2, we know that there are plans behind the scenes to get the sequel off the ground at some point. Though we’re still very much in the dark about where the sequel will take the African superhero next, we do know at […]

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