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‘Boo! 2’ Drives to $21 Million Opening While Other New Releases Crash
In a sluggish weekend for the box office, the only success to be found is Lionsgate’s “Boo! 2,” the ninth film in Tyler Perry’s “Madea” franchise. The $20 million film is on pace to hit its projected target with a $21 million opening from 2,388 screens. The horror comedy made $7.5 million on Friday, including $760,000 from Thursday previews.
Tyler Perry has never been a critical fave, and “Boo! 2” is no exception as it received an abysmal 8 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But his legions of fans were not disappointed, bestowing an A- on CinemaScore. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Tony Zierra to Follow up ‘Filmworker’ with New Stanley Kubrick Doc about ‘Eyes Wide Shut’
Lyon — Tony Zierra, the director of this year’s critically acclaimed Cannes screener “Filmworker” – about Leon Vitali, who served for decades as Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man – is working on a followup Kubrick documentary about the making of the 1999 drama “Eyes Wide Shut,” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Zierra was in Lyon this week for a screening of “Filmworker” at the Lumière Film Festival, where the documentary has generated massive buzz.
Speaking to Variety about his next project, “SK13,” (“Eyes Wide Shut” being Kubrick’s 13th film), Zierra explained that he was originally working on that documentary when he met Vitali and decided to put it aside and do “Filmworker” first.
Zierra is now returning to his initial project, which promises an inside look at what is arguably Kubrick’s most controversial work, due in part to the director’s death during post-production.
“The one movie that I feel is the wrinkle in Kubrick’s filmography »
- Ed Meza
Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’
Lyon The Lumière Festival honored Wong Kar-wai with the Lumière Award on Friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the Chinese filmmaker and the festival director Thierry Frémaux about his life and career.
Asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic Théâtre des Célestins ahead of the evening’s award ceremony, Wong said he moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong as a child in 1962 before the onset of the Cultural Revolution. Since the family had no friends or relatives in Hong Kong and did not speak Cantonese, Wong regularly went to the movies with his mother.
“It’s all because of my mother. My mother is a big film buff – she enjoyed watching movies. The fact that we didn’t have any friends and relatives in this new city, the only thing she liked to do was take me to the cinema. We spent almost »
- Ed Meza
Busan: Korea’s ‘After My Death,’ Iran’s ‘Blockage’ Win Competition
Films from South Korea and Iran were announced Saturday as joint winners of the Busan Film Festival’s main competition section.
Kim Ui-seok’s “After My Death” and Mohsen Gharaei’s “Blockage” won the New Currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from Asia.
“My Death” is critique of the world where reason and tolerance have no sway and is the story of a girl who is suspected of having goaded another schoolgirl into killing herself. “Blockage” reflects the current economic condition of Iran by depicting the overwhelming chaos that happens to a vicious, despicable temporary worker.
The jury was headed by American filmmaker Oliver Stone, and included Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, French cinematographer Agnes Godard, Philippines’ Lav Diaz and South Korea’s Jang Sun-woo. The jury said that “both films are tightly scripted, and display vivid detail and excellent craftsmanship.”
The first Kim Ji-seok Award, a newly prize »
- Sonia Kil
‘Chappaquiddick’ Moves Out of the Crowded Awards Season — Exclusive
When Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, riding high after the early hit “47 Meters Down,” bought “Chappaquiddick” and “Hostiles” out of Toronto, it looked like they might provide direct competitors for a Best Actor Oscar slot. Now Scott Cooper’s $50-million western “Hostiles,” which earned upbeat reviews and press out of Telluride and Tiff, is heading for a December release and an Oscar campaign for Christian Bale.
“Chappaquiddick,” however, will have to wait.
John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick” (a $4 million pickup, with a $16 million P&A) will wisely hold off for a 2018 release on April 6. Jason Clarke would have not only been competing with Bale for a Best Actor slot, but also with himself in Dee Rees’s southern drama “Mudbound” (November 17, Netflix).
- Anne Thompson
‘Blade Runner’ Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is on board to play Lisbeth Salander. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.
The studio had no comment on the casting. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Magnum Pi’ Reboot Lands at CBS
“Magnum P.I.” is getting ready to ride again at CBS. A reboot of the classic Hawaii-set TV series has picked up a pilot-production commitment from the network. The update centers on Thomas Magnum, played by Tom Selleck in the original series, and follows the ex-Navy Seal as he returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator. Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim are writers and executive producers on the co-production from CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. Also executive producing are John Davis and John Fox, both of Davis Entertainment. “Magnum P.I.” originally signed off in May 1988 after »
- Ryan Gajewski
Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84
In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.
In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each »
- Mike Barnes
Wong Kar-Wai Says Young Filmmakers Are "Less Competitive"
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Wong Kar-Wai said the opening up of the Chinese film market is providing immense opportunity for young directors, but cautioned those coming up against being complacent, as competition will be fierce in the future.
Wong — who was honored with the headlining prize at the Lumiere Film Festival, headed by Cannes fest director Theirry Fremaux — made the comments while discussing the business in Hong Kong and China.
Wong, born just before the Cultural Revolution in China, was raised in Hong Kong and came of age as a filmmaker in the 1980s and 1990s. He compared the current climate in China »
- Rhonda Richford
Lonzo Ball Has Huge Game, Immediately Drops New ‘Dragon Ball Z’-Inspired Single
Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, fresh off his big win against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, took to Twitter to announce his new single, “Super Saiyan” — which will definitely get ’90s babies hyped up for its “Dragon Ball Z” inspiration. As athlete rap songs go, this one isn’t too shabby. Check out the chorus — which, of course references “Triple B’s” for Big Baller Brand — for a taste: “Triple B’s, I’m the man. I’m leveled up, I’m Super Saiyan. You said I can’t, but I can. Triple B’s got the plan. »
- Sean Burch
Film Review: ‘Surviving Peace’
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a morass, but that doesn’t mean a documentary about it can afford to be. It shouldn’t oversimplify, but it should shine a light through the darkness, which is what several key documentaries out of Israel have recently done. “The Gatekeepers” offered the startling vision of six former leaders of the Shin Bet — Israel’s internal security service — testifying to the self-destructive nature of current Israeli policy; it was the hawks from the trenches calling out the armchair warriors. And earlier this year, “The Settlers” was a masterly piece of history: In letting us glimpse the invisible organic design of the Israeli settlement movement, almost as if by time-lapse photography, it revealed the insidious life-of-its-own dynamic that has rendered that movement more powerful, even, than Israel’s supreme leaders.
“Surviving Peace” isn’t as good a film (it’s more of a personalized ramble), yet it dares to frame the issues in a way »
- Owen Gleiberman
'Strangled' ('A martfui rem'): Film Review | London 2017
A sexually depraved killer is preying on female factory workers in Strangled, a stylishly grim period thriller from Hungarian writer-director Arpad Sopsits. Inspired by real events, this terse murder mystery comes with an extra layer of political subtext, as it takes place during a sensitive period of Cold War history soon after relations between Budapest and Moscow were permanently scarred by the brutal crushing of the 1956 Hungarian uprising.
But even without the political history lesson, this solidly crafted true-crime story works just fine as a noir-ish police procedural with a punchy rhythm and a bracingly sour worldview. Already a prize-winning »
- Stephen Dalton
Zehao Gao's 'To Kill a Watermelon' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival
Sha Gua (To Kill a Watermelon), from Chinese director Zehao Gao, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close in the Polish capital on Oct. 21.
The special mention was awarded to the Slovenian/Croatian co-production Rudar (The Miner), directed by Hanna »
- Vladimir Kozlov
Bob Weinstein’s Ex-Assistant Says He Knew Harvey Harassed Women Decades Ago (Report)
Despite Bob Weinstein’s recent claims that he was only recently made aware of his brother Harvey’s sexual misconduct at The Weinstein Company, the longtime executive’s former assistant has come forward to claim otherwise. In an interview with the New York Times published Friday, Kathy DeClesis said she confronted Bob about Harvey’s untoward behavior toward female employees several decades ago when she was working for Miramax. “Your brother is a pig,” she remembered telling Bob Weinstein around the time that she handed him a letter from a lawyer representing a young staffer who left the company abruptly after an encounter with Harvey. »
- Thom Geier
Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’
Tyler Perry’s most recent installment in the “Madea” franchise, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid October weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 North American locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “Geostorm.”
“Boo 2,” from Lionsgate, received an A- CinemaScore and should bring in about 30% less than the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend easily over “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with $28.5 million and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed and written by Perry, who also stars in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.
“Boo 2” is a fairly low-risk project for Lionsgate, with a combined production and marketing budget in the $20 million range. Lionsgate is likely to dominate the box office next weekend during the pre-Halloween period with the opening of “Jigsaw,” its eighth movie in the “Saw” franchise, and the second weekend of “Boo 2.”
“Geostorm,” a weather »
- Erin Nyren
Trump Backs Release of Long-Classified JFK Assassination Files
President Donald Trump on Saturday provisionally backed the release of more than 3,000 classified files related to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK Files to be opened,” Trump tweeted. The National Archive was scheduled to make the files public on its website by October 26 pending the approval of the president, as stipulated under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and »
- Thom Geier
Watch Jon Stewart, Breakdancing Crew Invade 'Kimmel'
"I'm in the middle of a show right now," Kimmel told Stewart after the latest interruption. "Do you remember how shows work?"
Stewart informs Kimmel that the studio Jimmy Kimmel Live is using while it shoots in Brooklyn is usually occupied by "Pops and Lox" for Friday practices. Stewart then challenges Kimmel to a dance-off to decide who gets to keep the space, a challenge Kimmel doesn't accept.
Bill Maher Says Trump Is Grosser ‘Creep’ Than Harvey Weinstein Due to Call to Gold Star Widow (Video)
Bill Maher strayed a bit far with the opening analogy in his Friday night monologue, suggesting that President Donald Trump was a fatter, grosser “creep” than disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. “On Monday, Trump called the pregnant widow of a dead American soldier to console her and ended up pouring salt in the wound and feuding with her all week. Who knew empathy was so complicated?” Maher began his monologue on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday. “I mean, if you could take a week where it was revealed that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted every single female in show business and still be. »
- Thom Geier
William Friedkin on the Power of Film, Capital Punishment and his Recklessness on ‘The French Connection’
Lyon — Director William Friedkin, maker of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist,” in Lyon for a showcase of his work, proved his storytelling prowess at a master class on Thursday as he captivated the audience with anecdotes of his illustrious career.
Particularly moving was the account of his first work, the 1962 documentary “The People vs. Paul Crump.”
After meeting the chaplain of the Cook County jail and learning about a young black man on death row named Paul Crump that both the pastor and the warden believed to be innocent, Friedkin visited the inmate and likewise became convinced of his innocence. He set out to make a documentary about the case in the hope of saving his life.
“A confession was beaten out of him by the Chicago police, which was done routinely in those days. If there was an African American accused of a crime they would go into the African American community and round up the »
- Ed Meza
Film Review: ‘Same Kind of Different as Me’
In 1998, millionaire art dealer Ron Hall, a Fort Worth father of two and an adulterer, promised he’d do anything to win back his wife Debbie, a “girl with a heart so big that all of Texas couldn’t hold it.” Debbie gave him a challenge: help her feed the homeless at Fort Worth’s Union Gospel Mission and befriend the scariest man on the block, an ex-felon and murderer named Denver “Suicide” Moore.
He did, and the two men’s unusual friendship is the foundation of Michael Carney’s empathetic faith-based drama “Same Kind of Different as Me,” starring Greg Kinnear and Renée Zellweger as the wealthy white couple, and Djimon Hounsou as the traumatized sharecropper welcomed into their 15,000-square-foot home. The three leads have six Academy Award nominations between them. However, the film’s key draw is the nonfiction bestseller that inspired it, co-written by Hall, Moore and “Heaven is For Real’s” Lynn Vincent, who saw »
- Peter Debruge
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