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'House With a Clock In Its Walls' Debuts with $26.8M While Fellow New Releases Stumble

'House With a Clock In Its Walls' Debuts with $26.8M While Fellow New Releases Stumble
Despite the over performance of Universal's new release The House with a Clock in Its Walls and the strong hold from Lionsgate's A Simple Favor, this weekend is still one of the worst of the year. Things weren't helped by the soft openings from Fahrenheit 11/9, Life Itself and Assassination Nation as the three other new wide releases struggled to find an audience. Additionally, for the second weekend in a row, the previous weekend's #1 film dipped mightily in its sophomore session. At the top of the weekend box office is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock in Its Walls with an estimated $26.85 million. Heading into the weekend the expectation was for a debut in the low twenties as it wasn't quite clear whether this one could match the performance of the previous Jack Black kid-targeted family horror Goosebumps, but in fact it managed to outperform the 2015 release,
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David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction

David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction
If reports out of TIFF about Chris Pine's nude scene are correct, the Outlaw King himself is the perfect length, but the film overall? Just a bit too long. According to Deadline, director David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix historical epic after audiences at the festival responded poorly to the film's bloated runtime.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt," Mackenzie said, noting that the decision to head back into the editing room "was entirely my decision." The film—which follows the Scottish King
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Jeff Bridges Approves of a 'Big Lebowski' Remake: "If I Was in It"

Jeff Bridges Approves of a 'Big Lebowski' Remake:
Jeff Bridges is open to a Big Lebowski remake, but only under one condition — he has to be in it.

Variety caught up with the actor Saturday night at the premiere of his latest film, Bad Times at the El Royale, where Bridges reflected on the 20th anniversary of the cult hit. The Only the Brave star was amused at the thought of a Lebowski remake. Would he be interested?

“Yeah, if I was in it!” he said with a laugh.
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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'

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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'
With filming for the upcoming Joker film underway on the streets of New York, paparazzi are posting loads of leaks from the set online. To counter it, director Todd Phillips released the first picture of Zazie Beetz’s character in the DC film, just days after unveiling how Joaquin Phoenix will look as the Clown Prince of Crime.

"We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots," bemoaned Phillips on Instagram. "So I figure, may as well put out some good ones."

The Deadpool 2 star will play Sophie Dumond, a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Gotham City. And by the looks of Beetz in Phillips’ picture, the struggle is clear, with Sophie gripping the collar of her mutely-colored sweater while sporting unkempt hair and a distant, downtrodden gaze.
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Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for "The Goldbergs"

Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for
For the first time in 15 years, veteran horror actor Robert Englund will don the sweater and claws of Freddy Krueger. Englund will reprise the role for a Halloween episode of ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs".

No, you're not dreaming. Old Freddy has come a long way since the extra crispy child-murderer first popped up in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Englund reprised the role over seven more movies, finally hanging up the claws for good — or so he said — after 2003's monster-mashup Freddy vs. Jason.
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'Galveston' Trailer: Ben Foster and Elle Fanning Team Up for Drama Based on "True Detective" Creator’s Novel

'Galveston' Trailer: Ben Foster and Elle Fanning Team Up for Drama Based on
Though best known for her roles in films like Inglourious Basterds and Beginners, Mélanie Laurent has proven to be as impressive behind the camera as she is in front of it. Her fourth narrative feature is a crime thriller based on "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto’s novel of the same name starring Elle Fanning, Ben Foster, and Lili Reinhart, which is to say there’s a lot of talent involved in this story of a hitman who returns to his hometown of (you guessed it) Galveston, Texas after a heist gone wrong.

After premiering at South by Southwest earlier this year, Galveston is currently at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It arrives in theaters and on VOD on October 19.
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San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Midnight Runner’

San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Midnight Runner’
In an era of reckoning that is rapidly running out of new ways to describe the evil men do, “toxic masculinity” has become all too familiar a buzz term. But it could hardly be more aptly applied to the simmering psychopath at the center of “Midnight Runner”: A clean-cut champion athlete who leads an escalating parallel life as a serial assaulter of women, he appears to be incrementally poisoned from the inside out by his most violent impulses, turning from dysfunctional to dangerous as the sepsis spreads. Fictionalizing and updating events that made Swiss headlines in the 1990s, Hannes Baumgartner’s stern, glass-gazed debut feature courts debate by assuming his point of view for much of its short, sharp running time — achieving a clinical kind of empathy in its attempt to penetrate the male predator’s psychology.

Unspooling in San Sebastián’s New Directors showcase before a home-turf premiere in Zurich,
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‘Operation Red Sea’ Floated as Hong Kong’s Oscar Contender

“Operation Red Sea,” the most successful film of the year at the mainland Chinese box office, has been selected by Hong Kong as its contender in the foreign-language Oscars category.

The selection was made by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong and announced on Monday.

A violent propaganda film in which the Chinese navy is mobilized to save a Chinese national held hostage in an unspecified African country, the film was directed on a $70 million budget by Hong Kong’s Dante Lam, credited on the picture as Lin Chaoxin.

The film was the come from behind hit of the crowded Chinese New Year period in February. It opened in third place with $72 million in its opening weekend, behind “Monster Hunt 2” and “Detective Chinatown 2.” But it went on to overtake both of them and score $576 million, the second highest figure ever achieved by a Chinese-language film.

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‘Bumblebee’ Trailer: Get a Load of Cybertron, Classic Transformers Designs & More

‘Bumblebee’ Trailer: Get a Load of Cybertron, Classic Transformers Designs & More
After showing off a slew of new footage at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, a new Bumblebee trailer has arrived that showcases a lot of things that Transformers fans have been wanting to see on the big screen for years. Sure, there’s the standard explosive action and some of your favorite Autobots and Decepticons, […]

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San Sebastian Festival Signs Gender Parity Pledge

San Sebastian — Spain’s San Sebastian Festival signed a pledge on gender parity Sunday, following in the footsteps of other major festivals in Europe such as Cannes, Locarno, Sarajevo and Venice.

San Sebastian Festival director José Luis Rebordinos made the commitment in the presence of Spanish deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo; the minister of culture and sport, José Guirao; the president of the festival’s board of directors and mayor of San Sebastian, Eneko Goi; and the president of Spain’s Assn. of Women Cineastes (Cima).

Speaking at a press conference, Rebordinos pointed out that in some executive areas, women’s presence is higher than men’s. The fest permanent staff is made up 82% of women; four of its seven board members are female, he noted.

In a recent statement, the fest announced that next year its film selection committee, currently five men and four women, will have a fifth female member,
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Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award

Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award
San Sebastian — At a ceremony held on Saturday evening inside San Sebastian’s iconic Kursaal theater, American actor, director, producer and you-name-it Danny DeVito received the Donostia Award, given in recognition of his decades-long contributions to film, TV and the stage.

Other recipients of the award this year are British actress Judy Dench and Japanese writer, director and producer Hirokazu Kore-eda.

For DeVito, it was his first trip to the Spanish coastal city, one he said he was thrilled to make.

“This is such an honor. You guys are really famous all over the world and it’s a real honor to receive (the Donostia award),” he said to kick off his press conference ahead of the award ceremony, scoring points with the scores of local journalists who packed the press hall.

His first anecdote on the day recalled a time in the early ‘90s when he read the script
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Streaming: in praise of Nicole Holofcener

As Netflix releases the Us director’s latest film, The Land of Steady Habits, we try and find her back catalogue too

Six films and three decades into her career, Nicole Holofcener is not someone many people would describe as their favourite film-maker, yet she’s among the most consistent, endearing American auteurs at work. Holofcener is unfairly easy to underestimate, as are many writer-directors who are more interested in small foibles than grand gestures, whose formal modesty belies its precision, and who are content to reflect the world as they know it rather than build extravagant alternatives.

The joys of Holofcener’s cinema – her perceptive comedy of emotional aches and pains, her sheepish middle-class self-critique, and the true, tender, unguarded work she gets from actors – are virtues more readily praised on small screens than big ones. Sure enough, like many top female directors stuck with long, funding-deprived lapses between features,
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Save the Dates: Here’s the 2018-2019 Awards Calendar

The calendar is already full as publicists and awards wranglers hustle to meet submissions deadlines and voting groups try to cram as much content as they can.

October 2017

11 – Cinema Audio Society online submissions open

15 – Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominees announced

16 – International Documentary Association Series, Wolper, and Features Short List Announcement

18 – Gotham Award nominations announced

26 – Britannia Awards Gala (BAFTA La)

31 – Deadline for Golden Globe motion picture and television entry forms

31 – British Independent Film Awards nominations announced

November 2017

5- Ida Documentary Awards features and shorts nominations announced and Member Voting Begins

9 – Final documentary ballots due from Bfca/Btja members

10 – European Film Awards nominations announced

10 – Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Show

15 – SAG nomination ballots open

15 – Ida Best Audio Documentary (Radio/Podcast), Best Music Documentary and Creative Recognition nominations Announced

16 – Deadline for WGA submissions: Theatrical + Documentary Screenplays and Videogames

16 – Independent Spirit Awards nominations announced

18 – AMPAS Governors Awards

20 – PGA documentary nominees announced

21 – Golden Globe nomination ballots
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M-appeal Closes Sales on Pair of San Sebastian Titles (Exclusive)

M-appeal Closes Sales on Pair of San Sebastian Titles (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Berlin-based M-appeal has secured additional sales deals for two titles, Toronto’s Netpac winner “The Third Wife”; Bafici’s best Argentine picture winner “The Daughters of Fire,” both screening at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Ash Mayfair’s debut feature, “The Third Wife” is the 19th century tale of May, a girl of just 14 years old who is married off as the third wife of a wealthy land owner. Although just a child, May quickly realizes that her place in her new life can be elevated if she is able to bare a male child for her husband. On her journey, May comes to a stark realization; that the choices available to her are meager and scarce.

The film’s European premiere will be on Wednesday Sept 24 in San Sebastian before heading to Busan for its Asian premiere the first week of October. Having previously sold to the U.
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Hirokazu Kore-eda on ‘Shoplifters’ Polemics, Shooting in France

Hirokazu Kore-eda on ‘Shoplifters’ Polemics, Shooting in France
When Hirokazu Kore-eda returned to the San Sebastian International Film Festival to accept his Donostia Award on September 23rd, it marked a fitting bit of symmetry for a story that began twenty years earlier.

In 1998, Kore-eda arrived in San Sebastian a promising young upstart with his second feature, the bittersweet mortality drama “After Life,” playing in competition. A critical and audience favorite here, “After Life” helped cement the Japanese director’s reputation as one of the leading international auteurs.

Two decades later, the director returned celebrating another series of milestones, while his career was at another point of inflection. For one, Kore-eda’s stock has never been higher. This past March, his film “The Third Murder” swept the Japan Academy Prizes, taking home top honors in picture, director, screenplay and acting. Two months later, Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or for “Shoplifters,” becoming only the fourth Japanese filmmaker to win at Cannes.
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San Sebastian: Natalia Meschaninova on ‘Core of the World,’ Inhibited Masculinity

In one scene in Natalia Meschaninova’s “Core of the World,” animal rights activists free some caged foxes from a hunting dog training farm in the forests of Russia. A few days later, two of the foxes reappear at the farm and climb back into their cages: They cannot fend for themselves in the wild.

The narrative vignettes stands metaphor for Egor, the film’s protagonist, a 20something vet who lives at the farmsted’s outhouse and is in desperate need of a controlled environment with no complications after a past history of violent confrontation with his mother, whose funeral he refuses to attend.

When Belta, one of the dogs, is mauled by other dogs, he tends for her like his child. He’s hugely patient with Ivan, the attention-seeking young grandson of the farm owner. But it seems only a question of time and circumstance for his tight-wound violence to explode again.
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Creative Europe’s Media Program: 5 Pointers to Its Future

San Sebastian – One of the biggest single public-sector funding systems in Europe, the European Union’s Creative Europe-Media Program, is up for renewal. On May 30, the European Commission, the E.U.’s administrative arm, set out a proposal for renewed funding over 2021-27 of €1.85 billion. The program’s head, Spain’s Lucía Recalde, used the San Sebastian Festival on Sunday to talk through some of the new program’s ideas, emphases and timeline for approval.

Here are five takeaways from Recalde’s talk:

1. There’S No Success Like Success

Creative Europe’s Media Program, which funds E.U. film-tv-vidgame development, distribution, training and promotion, and production in the case of TV, would take the lion’s share of the new program, with a proposed €1.081 billion. One leitmotif runs through several key proposals: rewarding movie and shows’ success – for example, with a success bonus for movies and TV shows able to attract substantial audiences internationally.
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Gustavo Hernandez, Ignacio Cucucovich’s Mother Superior To Remake ‘Big Bad Wolves’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Gustavo Hernández and Ignacio Cucucovich’s Mother Superior, producer of Hernandez’s “La Casa Muda” and “You Shall Not Sleep,” has acquired Spanish-language remake rights to cult movie “Big Bad Wolves,” a film Quentin Tarantino described at Busan Festival in 2013 as best film of the year.

The move is sure to make waves with a long litany of potential producer partners, conjoining the talents of two of Latin America’s foremost genre pioneers with a movie which sparked some travel reviews and boasts the tonal shifts and social underbelly of much modern genre movies.

Directed by Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, produced by United Channels Movies (Ucm) and inspired in part, its directors maintained, by the movies of Tarantino himself and the Coen brothers, “Big Bad Wolves” turns on a vigilante cop out to snare the author of a series of brutal murders, a kind of
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San Sebastian: Latido Acquires Movies By Two First-time Latin American Female Directors (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — As many people talk the talk, some companies are walking the walk – acquiring and selling women’s films as part of a growing business.

In the latest move, announced Sunday at San Sebastian as the festival, the biggest in the Spanish-speaking world, signed a gender parity charter, Latido Films has acquired international rights to films by two first-time Latin American women filmmakers: Camila Urrutia’s “Polvora en el corazón,” and “La Casa de los Conejos,” from Valeria Selinger.

That’s not charity. Rather, it reflects Latido’s conviction there’s really a market for movies by striking new women directors, following on what it describes as “a string of successes,” headed by Chilean Pepa San Martín’s “Rara” and Colombian Laura Mora’s “Killing Jesús.”

“We do not look at the gender of a talented director, we look for talent,” said Latido director Antonio Saura.

But it’s no coincidence,
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'We specialised in the freakish': the glory days of the Scala cinema

London’s legendary rep cinema offered audiences space to indulge fantasies and enjoy an unmatched cinematic experience

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the Scala cinema’s now-legendary repertory programme; as a 22-year old post-punk movie buff, I originated the rep ethos after being taken on in 1978 as programming manager of what was then a purpose-built 350-seat cinema in Charlotte Street in the West End of London. When we moved to Kings Cross in 1981, I became the co-owner, up until its closure in 1993. We specialised in the offbeat and the surreal, the transgressive and just plain freakish – and there has been nothing like it in Britain’s cinema world since.

Now we have a book about the Scala, compiled by another former programmer, Jane Giles, celebrating its sordid celluloid heritage. Reflecting on those halcyon years, from 1979-1993, I was prompted to recall David Hockney’s memories
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