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'It 2' Repeats at #1, 'Hustlers' Exceeds Expectations & 'The Goldfinch' Flies into a Wall

'It 2' Repeats at #1, 'Hustlers' Exceeds Expectations & 'The Goldfinch' Flies into a Wall
It was a mixed bag of a weekend for Warner Bros. which saw It: Chapter Two deliver a strong hold and retain the weekend's #1 spot at the box office, but their new release, The Goldfinch, bombed, delivering one of the worst openings ever for a wide release. Alternatively, STXfilms's Hustlers exploded out of the gates with the studio's largest opening in its five year history as well as star Jennifer Lopez's largest live-action opening of all-time. With an estimated $40.7 million, WB and New Line's It: Chapter Two topped the weekend for the second week in a row, dipping just -55% compared to its opening weekend and pushing the film's domestic cume over $153 million after ten days in release. In addition to that, the horror sequel added another $47 million internationally this weekend for a global tally that now stands at $323.3 million. That total includes a $4.7 million #1 opening in France while
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John Mulaney Cast as Henry David Thoreau in Apple TV+’s Dark Comedy ‘Dickinson’

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John Mulaney Cast as Henry David Thoreau in Apple TV+’s Dark Comedy ‘Dickinson’
Comedian John Mulaney has signed on to play writer Henry David Thoreau in Apple TV+’s “Dickinson,” a dark coming-of-age comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as famed poet Emily Dickinson in her early, rebellious years.

Creator, show runner and executive producer Alena Smith, alongside executive producer and star Steinfeld and star Jane Krakowski, made the announcement Saturday night at the Tribeca TV Festival, where “Dickinson” was the centerpiece. Zosia Mamet will also guest star as Louisa May Alcott.

There are no accounts of Dickinson and Thoreau, who was a “transcendentalist” best known for writing the classic “Walden” and the essay “Civil Disobedience,” having known each other, so it’s unclear how he will fit into the half-hour series.

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Friday, Apple TV+ announced Wiz Khalifa had also joined the cast, playing Death.
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Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper Developing ‘Golden Girls’-Style Comedy for Netflix

Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper Developing ‘Golden Girls’-Style Comedy for Netflix
Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper just wanna have fun. The comedian and the 1980s music icon have joined forces to star in a new comedy project that may be heading to Netflix.

Lynch let it slip backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys that she and Lauper will co-star in a comedy that she described as “kind of a ‘Golden Girls’ for today.”

A quick Internet search revealed that writer and comedian Carol Leifer (“Seinfeld”) is behind the show as well. “It’s official, heading out next with a new half-hour comedy, starring Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper,” Leifer wrote on Facebook in July.
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Bradley Whitford Wins 2019 Guest Drama Actor Emmy

Bradley Whitford Wins 2019 Guest Drama Actor Emmy
Bradley Whitford won the 2019 guest drama actor Emmy for his role of Commander Joseph Lawrence on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Whitford joined the cast of the streaming dystopian series at the end of its second season, in episodes that were released after the close of the 2018 Emmy eligibility window. The Television Academy agreed they could be submitted this year, and that decision now sees him picking up his third total trophy from the group. He previously won the supporting drama actor statue in 2001 for his work on “The West Wing” and the guest comedy actor one in 2015 for his turn on “Transparent.
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Ric Ocasek, Cars Singer Who Fused Pop and New Wave, Dead at 75

Ric Ocasek, Cars Singer Who Fused Pop and New Wave, Dead at 75
Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic singer and guitarist for the Cars and hit-making album producer, died on Sunday in his New York City apartment. He was 75. A rep for the NYPD confirmed Ocasek’s death to Rolling Stone.

Police officers responded to a 911 call at Ocasek’s home at 140 E. 19th Street at approximately 3 p.m. Et, the rep said. Officers discovered Ocasek unconscious and unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at the scene, though no cause of death has been revealed. A rep for the New York City Office of
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Korean Comedy ‘Cheer Up, Mr. Lee’ to be Remade in French

Currently on-release South Korean comedy drama, “Cheer Up, Mr. Lee” is to be remade in French. “Mr. Lee” is the story of a mentally-challenged man who learns that he has a sick daughter, and embarks on a voyage of discovery with his new family member.

A remake deal was struck between Yong Film, part of Korea’s Next Entertainment World group, and French studio Studiocanal, Yong said on Monday. Yong co-produced the movie with Dexter Studios.

The Korean film is helmed by Lee Gae-byok, who is best-known for directing “Luck-Key,” itself a Korean-language remake of the Japanese film “Key of Life.” Male model-turned-actor Cha Seung-won (“Believer”) plays the lead role as the father.

The film opened in Korean cinemas on Wednesday, one day ahead of the major mid-autumn or Chuseok holiday weekend. It earned $6.48 million over five days, good enough for third place and a 16% of the weekend box office total.
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Hear Sharon Van Etten Join Jeff Goldblum on ‘Let’s Face The Music And Dance’

Hear Sharon Van Etten Join Jeff Goldblum on ‘Let’s Face The Music And Dance’
Jeff Goldblum will release his second album, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, on November 1st via Decca Records. The album, recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, features the actor backed by his longtime collaborators The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra and includes collaborations with Fiona Apple, Anna Calvi, Inara George, Gina Saputo and Sharon Van Etten.

Van Etten appears on the album’s first single, a jazzy version of Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Face The Music And Dance,” which was produced by Bryan Cook. Goldblum plays piano on
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Korea: ‘The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos’ Rules Chuseok Holiday Box Office

Local films dominated cinemagoing in South Korea over the 4-day Chuseok holiday weekend, traditionally one of the year’s busiest periods. The winner was “The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos.”

Opening on Wednesday, the Cj Entertainment release earned $20.2 million from 1.97 million admissions over five days. A film adaptation of Cj E&m’s 2014 hit TV series “The Bad Guys” accounted for 49% of the weekend box office. Opening on the same day, “Tazza: One Eyed Jack” and “Cheer Up, Mr. Lee” took second and third places, respectively.

Starring Don Lee (“Train to Busan”), the story begins as a prisoner transport vehicle overturns on a road and high-profile prisoners escape. The police form a special team of hardened criminals to catch the fugitives.

Lotte Cultureworks’ “One Eyed Jack” earned $12.8 million between Wednesday and Sunday. Directed by Kwon Oh-kwang and starring Park Jung-min and Ryoo Seung-bum, the third instalment of the “Tazza” film series
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New Europe Sells Toronto and San Sebastian Film ‘Disco’ to Several Territories (Exclusive)

Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales has signed several distribution deals on “Disco,” which had its world premiere in Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery section and makes its European premiere in San Sebastian’s New Directors competition.

The film has been picked up by Palace for Australia and New Zealand, Artcam for Czech Republic and Slovakia, Kino Pavasaris for Lithuania, and Ost for Paradis for Denmark. The production company, Mer Film, releases the pic in Norway.

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s film stars Josefine Frida Pettersen, best known for her performance in Norwegian series “Skam.” She plays a disco dance champion and poster girl for the evangelical movement who then joins an even more radical church.

The film was produced by Maria Ekerhovd of Tromso-based Mer Film (“What Will People Say”), who also produced Syversen’s first feature, the comedy-drama “Hoggeren.”

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German Streamer Joyn Moves Into Original Content With Political Thriller ‘Dignity’

Joyn, the new German streaming service backed by local media giant ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, has ordered its first original series, “Dignity,” a political thriller about the hunt for an ex-Nazi who has set up a cult in Chile.

Joyn is a free platform offering live streaming of 55 channels, including German pubcasters Ard and Zdf, as well as a 30-day catchup library. The service, which launched in June, said it already has 3.8 million active monthly users, who do not have to register or subscribe.

Joyn has bought international dramas to bolster its offering, including Alex Pina’s acclaimed Spanish drama “The Pier.
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Brandon Flowers Pays Tribute to Ric Ocasek: ‘My First King’

Brandon Flowers Pays Tribute to Ric Ocasek: ‘My First King’
The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers posted a lengthy tribute to late Cars singer Ric Ocasek following his death over the weekend. Flowers shared the text of an email he wrote to Ocasek a few years ago via The KillersTwitter, noting, “Feeling grateful for Ric. Had the opportunity to send him this email a couple years back. My first king. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

In the email, Flowers related to Ocasek how much the Cars have meant to him. “I just wanted to reach out and make you
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China Box Office: ‘Jade Dynasty’ in Front Ahead of Mixed Competition

China Box Office: ‘Jade Dynasty’ in Front Ahead of Mixed Competition
With “Jade Dynasty” out front, Chinese action and Asian animation films led the way at the China box office over the past weekend, while the few American titles in play have failed to attract many moviegoers.

Chinese action fantasy “Jade Dynasty” led the weekend box office in its debut with $38.1 million, figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway showed. That was higher than the global total for the much-lauded “Hustlers,” which took $33 million in its opening in North America and $37.7 million worldwide.

China’s box office this year is running 2.5% behind this point last year, but the past weekend was not too shabby. Artisan Gateway reported a total gross of $111 million between Friday and Sunday, exceeding the $109 million earned at the box office in North America.

Starring Mandopop idol Sean Xiao Zhan, Li Qin (“The Founding of an Army”) and Rocket Girls 101 singer Meng Meiqi, “Jade Dynasty” is directed by Hong Kong’s Tony Ching Siu-tung,
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Venice Competition Film ‘The Painted Bird’ Is Czech Entry in Oscar Race

Venice Competition Film ‘The Painted Bird’ Is Czech Entry in Oscar Race
Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird,” which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the main competition and also played at the Toronto Film Festival in Special Presentations, has been selected as the Czech Republic’s entry for the 92nd Academy Awards in the international feature film category.

The pic follows the journey of an unnamed boy in Nazi-occupied Central Europe. The boy is entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother, but when the old woman dies, the boy is left to fend for himself, wandering through the countryside. As he struggles for survival, he suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants, and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German.

The film generated controversy at Venice and Toronto for its violence. Variety‘s reviewer wrote: “The extreme lashings of suffering and sadism shown here are
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Pakistan Picks Freshman Effort ‘Laal Kabootar’ as Its Oscar Entry

Pakistan Picks Freshman Effort ‘Laal Kabootar’ as Its Oscar Entry
Pakistan’s Academy Selection Committee has chosen “Laal Kabootar” as its candidate for the Oscars’ international feature film category.

Directed by first-time helmer Kamal Khan, the gangland thriller set in Karachi’s underbelly follows the events that transpire when a woman in search of her husband’s killer is thrown together with a cab driver and petty criminal who dreams of escaping to Dubai. Mansha Pasha and Ahmed Ali Akbar star.

The movie, produced by Nehr Ghar Film, was released in March across Pakistan and was a critical and commercial success. It is receiving some festival play, including at the Singapore South Asian Intl. Film Festival and the upcoming Chicago South Asian Film Festival and Tasveer South Asian Film Festival in Seattle.

Pakistan submitted films for Oscar consideration in 1959 and 1963 and then stopped. It began submitting annually again from 2013, but has yet to secure a nomination.

The Academy Selection Committee
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Flashback: The Cars Play For Last Time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018

Flashback: The Cars Play For Last Time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018
When Ric Ocasek learned the Cars were finally entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in December 2017—14 years after they were first eligible—he was overjoyed. “It’s certainly a wonderful feeling to be accepted by peers,” said the singer, who was found dead in his New York townhouse on September 15th. “It’s kind of a big thing for me and the band.”

At the time, the Cars hadn’t performed since a quick 12-date reunion tour in 2011 to support their comeback record Move Like This. It was
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Youngest Media, Headed By Former Endemol Shine Execs, Launches German Subsidiary

Youngest Media, the content studio led by former Endemol Shine U.K. executives Lucas Church and David Flynn, has launched a subsidiary in Germany. The German arm, headed by Mark Stehli, has received its first order: a German version of reality series “Battle of the Bands” for channel Rtl II.

Stehli, who has the title managing director at the German company, was previously director of production and corporate development at All3 Media in Germany.

Church and Flynn said: “Establishing an embedded presence in one of Europe’s most important territories represents a significant step for Youngest Media. We’ve been
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Atlantis’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Atlantis’
“It took you 10 years to cleanse this region of Soviet propaganda and myths,” says one character to another in “Atlantis,” going on to suggest that the devastation now left behind may never be “cleansed” at all. A strikingly bleak vision of a near future in which Ukraine has won its war with Russia but been left in ruins, this almost abstract drama by multi-hyphenate Valentyn Vasyanovych nabbed the top prize in Venice’s Horizons section.

Its cryptic, rigorously minimalist progress will test the patience of many viewers and present a challenge for commercial placements. Still, this is — not just the Ukraine’s, as this largely depoliticized statement is one of universal relevance.

The only direct we glimpse we get of the war is a chilling opening infrared view of a man being clubbed, then dumped into the grave he’s just been forced to dig. Like much of “Atlantis,” this is a sequence sans backstory,
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'This is Not a Movie': Film Review | Tiff 2019

For nearly five decades, British journalist Robert Fisk has been sending out regular dispatches from the battlefield: first from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, then during the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, and, starting in 1976, from Beirut, where he’s lived and worked ever since. As a correspondent for The Times for over two decades, and then for The Independent, where he still writes today, Fisk is venerated — and in some cases, despised — in both the U.K. and elsewhere for his reporting, which has covered every major Middle Eastern conflict since the mid 1970s.

In director Yung Chang’s ...
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'In Full Bloom' Wins Oldenburg Independence Award

'In Full Bloom' Wins Oldenburg Independence Award
In Full Bloom, a period boxing drama from directors Adam VillaSeñor and Reza Ghassemi has won the top prize, the German Independence Award, at this year's Oldenburg International Film Festival.

The drama, which had its international premiere at the German indie fest, is set in post-WW2 Japan.

Undefeated Japanese Champion Masahiro (Yusuke Ogasawara) is preparing for the biggest fight of his life: A showdown with Clint Sullivan, a down-and-out American pugilist enlisted to defend his country's honor and redeem himself in the process. In Full Bloom also won Oldenburg's inaugural best first film award.

The Seymour Cassel Award,...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Potus in 'Kung Fury' First Look

Introducing President Schwarzenegger.

In a move that could well aggravate the current White House resident, Arnold Schwarzenegger has shared an picture of himself kicking back in the Oval Office as a cigar-chomping Commander in Chief, the first look from Kung Fury 2, which has recently been shooting in Bulgaria and Germany.

The feature-length follow-up to David Sandberg's cult 2015 short — a purposefully ludicrous homage to '80s martial arts and police action films that became a crowdfunded sensation, premiered in Cannes and amassed in excess of 40 million views on YouTubeKung Fury 2 sees the Terminator star and ...
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