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'Downton Abbey' Serves Up Record, $31 Million Opening for Focus Features

'Downton Abbey' Serves Up Record, $31 Million Opening for Focus Features
It was a record weekend for Focus Features that saw Downton Abbey not only top the weekend box office, but it became the studio's largest opener ever, topping $30 million. The weekend's fellow new releases * Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood * delivered on expectations and are in a neck-and-neck battle for runner-up position and we'll have to wait for actuals to tell the full story on Monday afternoon. With an estimated $31 million, Focus Features's Downton Abbey topped the weekend box office, giving the studio their largest opening weekend ever. Previously, Insidious Chapter 3 was the studio's record opener with $22.7 million followed by London Has Fallen, also making this their first release to ever top $30 million in nearly 20 years of film distribution. The film played to a crowd that was 74% female and of the total audience, 60% were aged 35 or older. Working in the film's favor was a positive, "A" CinemaScore from opening day
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How To Watch The Primetime Emmy Awards Online And On TV

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How To Watch The Primetime Emmy Awards Online And On TV
The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are set for Sunday, with the ceremony to air live from downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Fox beginning at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Pt. The network will also offer the broadcast via authentication at Fox.com and on the Fox Now app.

The night will cap off the celebration of the year’s best in TV, after last weekend’s two-night Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Fox hasn’t given many hints about the show, which is going hostless for only the fourth time in Emmy history and for the first time since 2003. But it did say this week that Thomas Lennon will handle voice-over duties with a “refreshing, lighthearted take on the traditional factoids that audiences typically learn as winners make their way to the podium mixed with jokes, commentary and unexpected anecdotes.”

Also in the works: the music for the annual “In Memoriam
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Jonathan Van Ness Reveals HIV Diagnosis, Former Drug Addiction

Jonathan Van Ness Reveals HIV Diagnosis, Former Drug Addiction
Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness is getting vulnerable in his new memoir “Over the Top.”

In a preview of his book with the New York Times, Van Ness opened up about his early struggles with sex and drug addiction as well as his experience with sexual assault, revealing that he was abused by an older boy from his childhood church.

“For a lot of people who are survivors of sexual assault at a young age, we have a lot of compounded trauma,” he said.

That trauma, Van Ness revealed, led to a series of other “self-destructive” behaviors, including spending hours in AOL chat rooms, which he used to meet up with older men for sex in his teens. Later on, Van Ness started college at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he began doing cocaine. And after spending his monthly allowance on the drug, he began advertising sex for more money.
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Location Managers Guild Awards: 'Chernobyl,' 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout' Among Winners

Location Managers Guild Awards: 'Chernobyl,' 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout' Among Winners
The sixth annual Location Managers Guild International Awards were handed out Saturday night in Santa Monica.

Chernobyl and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan won the outstanding locations in a period and contemporary TV series awards, respectively. On the film side, Roma and Mission: Impossible — Fallout won outstanding locations in a period and contemporary feature, respectively.

During the ceremony, Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir (Witness, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, Master and Commander) received the Eva Monley Award, given to industry members who support the work of location professionals. Holland Taylor accepted the award on Weir's behalf. Location manager Michael J. Meehan (Dead ...
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‘Gully Boy’ to Represent India In Oscars Race

‘Gully Boy’ to Represent India In Oscars Race
The Film Federation of India has chosen Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy” as its entry in the Academy Awards’ international feature film category.

The picture, a coming of age tale about an aspiring rapper in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum premiered at the Berlin film festival in February before opening to a wave of acclaim at home in India. Starring Bollywood A-listers Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, the film grossed some $37 million worldwide.

Excel Entertainment produced alongside Tiger Baby Productions.

The selection jury was chaired by veteran actress and filmmaker Aparna Sen (“Sonata”)

India has been submitting to the category formerly known as foreign language film since 1957.

The country has been nominated three times, beginning with its first entry “Mother India” in 1957, followed by “Salaam Bombay” in 1988 and “Lagan” in 2001. It is yet to win the category.
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‘Talking About Trees’ Director Suhaib Gasmelbari Receives Variety Mena Award

Suhaib Gasmelbari, whose Sudanese documentary “Talking About Trees” premiered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section, received the Variety Middle East and North Africa Region Talent Award Saturday at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt from festival director Intishal Al Timimi.

Variety critic Jay Weissberg, who selected the honoree, said that it is not usual that within five minutes of a film starting he begins to cry, but he did so when watching “Talking About Trees.” “There is this most beautiful scene of these Sudanese directors who have not been able to make films, who have not been able to watch films on a big screen, who are expressing their love for cinema by recreating a scene from ‘Sunset Boulevard,’” he explained.

The documentary has as its backdrop the destruction of cinema in Sudan due to a toxic mix of dictatorial government and religious fundamentalism, but front and center are
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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Reigns Over ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ With $31 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Reigns Over ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ With $31 Million Debut
In a box office win fit for a queen, Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” ruled over the competition in North America.

The big-screen continuation of the popular British TV show beat expectations with $31 million when it debuted in 3,079 theaters, setting a new opening weekend record for the specialty studio. “Downton Abbey” easily surpassed fellow newcomers “Ad Astra” and “Rambo: Last Blood,” which are in a close race for second place.

Overseas, the royal period drama has collected $41 million to date for a worldwide tally of $61.8 million. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote “Downton Abbey,” while Michael Engler directed. Much of the cast from the TV show — including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith — returned for the film adaptation. “Downton Abbey” now ranks as the biggest opening weekend from a specialty studio in the last decade, as well as the second-best start for specialty fare behind The Weinstein Company’s “Inglourious Basterds” ($38 million).

Moviegoers,
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Elizabeth Warren Surging in Iowa, Leads in Key Poll for First Time

Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is now leading the pack in Iowa. According to a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released on Saturday, Warren has jumped ahead of former vice president Joe Biden.

Warren has seen significant gains since June, jumping seven percent points in the same poll as her rivals have dipped. Warren leads with 22 percent followed by Biden at 20 percent. Bernie Sanders, who sits in third place with 11 percent, saw a downward turn of five points since June. However, Pete Buttigieg, who follows Sanders in the poll,
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‘Downton Abbey’ Crowned No. 1 at Box Office With $31 Million Opening

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‘Downton Abbey’ Crowned No. 1 at Box Office With $31 Million Opening
This weekend’s box office charts were expected to be a log jam among the September releases, but one film has risen clear above the others: Focus Features/Carnival’s “Downton Abbey,” which earned a $31million opening weekend from 3,079 screens.

Downton Abbey” was projected before the weekend for an opening in the high teens and expected to leg out with older audiences well into October. But now it has passed the $23.6 million of “Insidious: Chapter 3” for the highest opening ever for a Focus release, setting it up for possibly an even longer run as a milder alternative to films like “Joker” that come out next month.

“Audiences were clearly ready to come back to Downton and visit the Crawleys and all the familiar faces upstairs and downstairs,” said Focus President of Distribution Lisa Bunnell. “At its core, it’s a story about family and audiences, both original fans and newcomers,
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See Miley Cyrus Cover Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin at iHeartRadio Fest

See Miley Cyrus Cover Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin at iHeartRadio Fest
Miley Cyrus staged her first post-divorce concert Saturday at Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio Music Festival, where the singer added a pair of classic rock staples to her setlist, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.”

Cyrus’ show at the T-Mobile Arena also featured the debut performance of her, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey’s “Don’t Call Me Angel” collaboration, with the singer delivering an abridged version of that all-star single.

While Cyrus had previously performed “Black Dog” in concert – including during her Glastonbury set this
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Josefina Molina: Still Battling After All These Years

San Sebastian — She isn’t done yet. The battling character of Josefina Molina, winner of Spain’s 2019 National Cinematography Prize, was glimpsed in her acceptance speech at the San Sebastian Festival on Saturday.

She used part to thank those who had given crucial help, such as, among women, editors Nieves Martin and Carmen Frías (1993’s “La Lola se va a los puertos), and dedicated the prize to Spain’s Association of Women Cineasts and a very early version of herself: “a young girl from Cordoba born during the Civil War who did everything possible through thick and thin to break with the inertia which destined women to become housewives.”

But, having remembered Carmen Alborch and her “intellectual lucidity” and thanked Spanish Vice-president Carmen Calvo for her support of female filmmakers, the brunt of her speech – applauded by Spain’s cultural establishment which packed out the Tabakalera’s main hall – was
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Watch Black Keys Perform ‘Lonely Boy’ With Wayne Newton at Vegas Fest

Watch Black Keys Perform ‘Lonely Boy’ With Wayne Newton at Vegas Fest
The Black Keys welcomed surprise guest and Sin City icon Wayne Newton onstage to perform “Lonely Boy” during the band’s set at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful.

The crooner dubbed “Mr. Las Vegas” – Newton has performed over 30,000 gigs on the Vegas Strip, including a current residency at Caesars Palace – adeptly handled the chorus of the 2011 hit.

The Newton guest appearance closed out the Black Keys’ Life Is Beautiful set, the official first show of the band’s Let’s Rock Tour, their first trek in five years; on Thursday night,
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TV Review: ‘All Rise’ Starring Simone Missick

TV Review: ‘All Rise’ Starring Simone Missick
Finding a new way to do a legal procedural is such a difficult prospect at this point that it would be hard to blame TV for giving up entirely and just going on autopilot. “All Rise,” however, both indulges the basics of the genre and finds some refreshing ways to twist them into slightly new, more intriguing shapes. Between its cast, subject matter, and many charming friendships,

The clearest example of this comes with the show’s lead character of Lola (Simone Missick), a determined and deeply empathetic attorney turned judge who forms the show’s main perspective and moral backbone.
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Box Office: 'Downton Abbey' Royally Beats 'Rambo,' 'Ad Astra' With $31M

Box Office: 'Downton Abbey' Royally Beats 'Rambo,' 'Ad Astra' With $31M
In a surprise upset, Downton Abbey won the crowded weekend box office race with a better-than-expected $31 million from 3,079 theaters, royally beating the final installment in Sylvester Stallone's iconic Rambo action franchise and a new space thriller featuring one of the world's biggest movie stars, Brad Pitt.

Pitt's Ad Astra did manage to edge past Stallone's Rambo: Last Blood with an estimated $19.2 million from 3,460 locations. Last Blood took in $19 million from 3,618 cinemas, the widest count of the three new films. It's possible the order could change when final weekend numbers are ...
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Expect High Heat and Traffic for Emmys Sunday

If you work in TV, are a fan of TV, or are in fact a TV yourself, the 71st Primetime Emmys promise to be a treat.

Television’s biggest awards show takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday night, with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars set to appear as the entertainment community honors the best of the past year in TV.

But any planning to attend would be wise to crank up the air conditioning on the car ride over. As was the case with the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, temperatures in Los Angeles are expected to be sweltering on Sunday.
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Emmy Nominees 2019: The Complete List

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Rise and shine: It’s Emmys Day! The 71st annual Emmy Awards air live this evening on Fox, starting at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt.

Before the red carpet is even rolled out — let alone the limosuines for TV stars rolling up — let us remind readers of this year’s nominees.

Top comedy comes down to “The Good Place,” “Barry,” “Fleabag,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Russian Doll,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “Veep.”

On the more serious side, top drama series will go to “Better Call Saul,” “Bodyguard,” “Game of Thrones,” “Killing Eve,” “Ozark,” “Pose,” “Succession” or “This Is Us.”

Also Read: Emmy Producers Reveal the 'Smallest Thing That Could Take the Whole Show Down'

See the complete list of nominations below.

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul • AMC

Bodyguard • Netflix

Game Of ThronesHBO

Killing EveBBC America

Ozark • Netflix

Pose • FX Networks

Succession • HBO

This Is UsNBC
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Jackie Chan Pretended to be Hurt on 'Enter the Dragon' so Bruce Lee Would "Hold Me"

Jackie Chan Pretended to be Hurt on 'Enter the Dragon' so Bruce Lee Would
It seems everyone who worked with Bruce Lee was a massive fan — and that certainly includes Jackie Chan.

The two iconic martial artists worked together on the classic Enter the Dragon — albeit for just a few moments — as the late Lee was the star and young Chan was among the many thugs easy dispatched by Lee's character.

Chan recently shared a funny story about their time working together on Dragon which involved Lee accidentally hitting him for real during a fight.

“I was behind the camera and I would just see Bruce Lee," Chan ...
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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Dark Waters,' 'The Rhythm Section,' 'In The Tall Grass'

Movie Trailers This Week: 'Dark Waters,' 'The Rhythm Section,' 'In The Tall Grass'
Dark Waters, the Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway drama from director Todd Haynes, released its first full trailer this week, along with The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively from director Reed.

In the Shadow of the Moon from director Jim Mickle stars Boyd Holbrook, Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman. Sam Worthington stars in Brad Anderson's Fractured.

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in Ordinary Love. Colin Firth, Dixie Egerickx, Maeve Dermody and Julie Walters star in the latest adaptation of The Secret Garden from director Marc Munden. Vincenzo Natali's horror In the Tall Grass debuted its first trailer as well.

Christian Bale and Matt ...
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Lastor, ‘The Endless Trench’s’ Irusoin, Malmo Team for Mikel Gurrea’s ‘Suro’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian – Barcelona-based Lastor Media and Malmo Pictures have teamed with San Sebastian’s Irusoin to produce “Suro” (The Cork), the feature debut of Mikel Gurrea and a product of San Sebastian’s Ikusmira Berriak program.

The film stars Laia Costa, who broke through with Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” and also serves as executive producer, and Pol López (Josep M. Fontana’s “Boi”). “Suro” is scheduled to start shooting next year.

Set in the Empordà region of Catalonia, close to the French border, “Suro” is a Catalan-language dramatic thriller with an auteurist voice but aimed at wider audiences, according to its producers.

The news comes as Irusoin, producers of “Loreak,” Spain’s international Oscar entry in 2015, world premieres in main competition section “The Endless Trench,” directed by Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga. Another Irusoin production, Asier Altuna and Telmo Esnal’s “Agur Etxebeste,” a sequel of “Aupa Etxebeste!
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Madrid’s Ecam Incubator Develops Terrorism Drama ‘Ane’

San Sebastian — For the second year in a row, the Ecam Madrid Film School has paired a number of up-and-coming filmmakers with various industry veterans for an Incubator program part of the school broader development arm called The Screen.

For its initial edition in 2018, this Incubator selected five feature projects, putting the selected producers in contact with creative tutors, international fund managers, festival directors, broadcasters and distributors, as well as offering each project €10,000 in development assistance.

One of those projects is David Pérez Sañudo’s terrorism drama “Ane.” Produced by Katixa de Silva at Vitoria-based Amania Films, the drama follows a young mother (played actress Patricia López Arnaiz) who fears that her teenage has fallen in with political extremists.

Variety spoke with the award-winning director, who will make his feature debut with this project.

What themes will you seek to explore with “Ane”?

How someone’s closest relation can become a complete stranger.
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