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'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut

'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut
The domestic weekend was, for the most part, as light as was expected. While it wasn't the lowest grossing weekend of the year so far, it was the second lowest with the top twelve delivering a combined $77.8 million. This is all in advance of what should be a profitable holiday season to come and we got a hint as to just how profitable it could be with the launch of WB's Aquaman in China this weekend where the film delivered a massive $93.6 million, becoming the #1 film globally from one market alone. Beginning with the domestic box office, while it looked like it might be neck-and-neck between Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet and Universal and Illumination's The Grinch at the top of the box office following Friday's estimates, Ralph carried the weekend as expected, though The Grinch wasn't far behind. Ralph brought in an estimated $16.1 million for the weekend,
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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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Hey Now, Hey Now! Hilary Duff Is Having "Conversations" About a Lizzie McGuire Reboot

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Hey Now, Hey Now! Hilary Duff Is Having
Hilary Duff just revealed there have been talks of a Lizzie McGuire revival, and this is what our early 2000s dreams are made of. The 31-year-old Younger actress told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday that the hit Disney Channel TV show may be returning, though not for a while.

"There have been some conversations," Duff shared, although she also told E! News it's "very far off into the distance."

Viewers last saw Lizzie in 2003, as she traveled Rome during the beloved Lizzie McGuire Movie. While fans can't go marking their calendars for a reboot just yet, Duff admits this potential revival could be very exciting.

"I love her so much," Duff said of Lizzie, 15 years after the show's end. "I think that she was so important to girls at an important time in their life. If she could be important to them again at this age, I think that would be amazing.
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Katie Cassidy Is Married: Arrow Star Weds Matthew Rodgers

Katie Cassidy Is Married: Arrow Star Weds Matthew Rodgers
Katie Cassidy is a married woman! The 32-year-old Arrow actress wed Matthew Rodgers on Saturday in front of family and friends at Sunset Key, Florida. Cassidy announced the news on her Instagram page. She also posted a photo of her kissing her new husband. She wore a long-sleeve, lace Pronovias gown and her hair in a bun, with no veil and he wore a white jacket over black pants. "I can't help falling in love with you..." she wrote. "Yes! It's official! #MrsRodgers I love you my husband." Cassidy, the daughter of the late David Cassidy, had recently teased her wedding with an Instagram Stories photo from a resort, bearing the caption, "Hair and...
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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix
The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019.

The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes.

The Umbrella Academy” stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Kate Walsh.

The story’s setup: On the same day in October 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to unconnected women who showed no
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Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)

Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)
First-round voting is underway for Oscar’s Original Song and Original Score categories, but Academy music-branch voters are discovering that four talked-about scores are missing from the eligibility list.

Music for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Green Book,” “Mandy” and “The Other Side of the Wind” has been disqualified for various reasons, Variety has learned.

More than 150 scores are in the running, although only the approximately 300 music-branch members have access to the list when they log onto the Academy website to cast their ballots. This year, unlike previous years, the Academy chose not to release the complete rundowns of qualified scores and songs.

Solo: A Star Wars Story,” composed by John Powell with themes by John Williams, was nixed by the board as having been entered too late for the competition (deadline was Nov. 15).

“Mandy,” the Nicolas Cage revenge thriller that featured the late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s final score,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.

Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite had the year’s highest opening weekend PTA at $105K. Now in its third weekend, the feature, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her aristocratic suitors, expanded over the weekend, grossing $1.43M in 91 theaters, averaging $15,714.

Though Mary Queen of Scots reigned among limited-release openers, Neon’s Vox Lux by Brady Corbet and Peter HedgesBen Is Back, released via Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, had solid showings. Vox Lux,
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Tim Roth, Gaspar Noe Join Thierry Fremaux at Cannes Festival Cinema Week

Tim Roth, Gaspar Noe Join Thierry Fremaux at Cannes Festival Cinema Week
Buenos Aires — Kicking off with the Cannes Festival’s Palme d’Or winner, Hirokazu Kor-eda’s “Shoplifters,” and framing multiple Cannes winners, the 10th Cannes Festival Cinema Week will feature a masterclass by Tim Roth, before a projection of “Reservoir Dogs,” and a presentation by Gaspar Noé of his Directors’ Fortnight hit “Climax.”

Curated and M.C-ed by Thierry Frémaux, the Cinema Week will also underscore some of the hallmarks of Cannes as the world’s fall festivals, led by Venice, become ever more important platforms for Academy Award contenders.

The Cinema Week is sold out, some screenings in two hours, Frémaux told Variety on the eve of its opening. That is a reflection on the draw of Cannes, and its Cinema week, in Buenos Aires, where it is a big event. Attending the Cannes Festival Cinema Week in 2011, double Cannes Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne were lionized like rock stars.
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Ventana Sur: ‘El Negro,’ ‘Continente,’ ‘Mussolini’ at Filmar – Doc Factory Pitching Sessions

Mauricio Fernando Minotti’s “El Negro,” Alejo Franzetti’s “El último continente” and Toia Bonino’s “Mussolini mi ha detto” figure among the 18 feature documentary projects selected for pitching at Ventana Sur’s Filmar – Doc Factory section.

The event marks the final stage of Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute’s Incubadora, a six-month work process to develop documentary projects aimed to generate productions from different local regions which will lure the interest of international partners. The projects are receive mentorship from Europe, the U.S. and Latin America, as well as strategic support from Eave, the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs producers training program.

The Incubadora focuses on director-producers who have previously produced and had exhibited at least one feature film, a four-episode TV series or two short films.

The 18 projects playing at Doc Factory embrace a wide range of issues, covering the battle of Carolina, a young transgender in an small
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FilmSharks Snags International Rights To ‘The Adopters’ (Exclusive)

Argentine sales agency FilmSharks Intl. has inked international rights to “The Adopters,” a comedy production from Tomás Lipgot’s Buenos Aires-based Duermevela, Pablo Ingercher’s Oh My Gómez Films and Patricio Rabuffetti-founded Non Stop.

A same-sex romantic comedy, “The Adopters” marks the second solo directorial effort of Argentine Daniel Gimelberg, who debuted with “Before” and co-directed “Hotel Room” alongside Catalan auteur Cesc Gay. Gimelberg also served as art director on “The Last Elvis,” from the Oscar-winning Armando Bo,and Juan Taratuto’s “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” among other titles.

Starring Diego Gentile (Damián Szifron’s “Wild Tales”), Rafel Spregelburd (Lucrecia Mertel’s “Zama”), key cast also includes Marina Bellati, Florencia Peña and Radagast. In “The Adopters,” TV conductor Martin confesses his need to be a father with his partner Leonardo. Both in their forties, one shows anxiety while the other expresses insecurity and reluctance, testing the strength of the decade-long relationship.
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Ventana Sur: Picture Tree Intl. Closes France, Japan. Mexico on “Ever After” (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — — Germany’s Picture Tree Intl, has clinched an impressive clutch of early major territory pre-sales – taking in France, Japan and Mexico – on Carolina Hellsgård’s “Ever After,” a feminist zombie road-movie thriller also acquired for the U.S. in a deal revealed on the cusp of Ventana Sur.

In the newest announcements, E-Cinéma has taken France and New Select rights to Japan; Starcastle has closed Mexico and Mockingbird Vietnam.

The distributor in Germany is Farbfilm, with Zdf/Arte pro-busing the film as its broadcasters. The German festival premiere will be held at the Max Ophüls in Saarbrücken in January.

In a notable sales roll on the title, the new deal announcement comes just days after Elizabeth Shelton’s Juno Films confirmed on Friday that that the boutique U.S. distribution company had also clinched U.S. on “Ever After.”

The sales were negotiated by YuanYuan, Picture Tree Intl.
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Korea Box Office: ‘Default’ Wins Again, ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Mortal Engines’ Fail to Excite

Korean-made financial drama, “Default” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Cj Entertainment release earned $4.95 million from 631,200 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $19.9 million after two weekends on release. “Bohemian Rhapsody” also remained in second. The Fox release earned $4.79 million to extend its total $54.5 million from 7.08 million admissions after six weekends.

Opening on Wednesday (Dec. 5), Korean thriller, “Door Lock” debuted in third. The Megabox release earned $6.13 million over five days, including $4.38 million over the weekend. Starring Kong Hyo-jin (“A Single Rider”), the film is the story of a woman who finds signs of a stranger entering her house, where she lives by herself. The top three films accounted for a total of 74% of the total weekend box office.

Disney’s Thursday opener, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” debuted in fourth. It earned $1.72 million in four days. “Mortal Engines” and “Running Man,
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Ventana Sur: Meikincine Takes ‘Just Love,’ ‘Super Crazy’(Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Lucia and Julia Meik’s Buenos Aires boutique sales company Meikincine has acquired international sales rights to two of the more mainstream Argentine propositions at this year’s Ventana Sur: Andy Caballero and Diego Corsini’s “Just Love,” and “Re Loca,” the Argentine remake of Chile’s “Sin Filtro.”

The “Re Loca” deal is for world rights outside Latin America, where Paramount will handle distribution, as previously announced.

Teen comedy-musical “Solo el Amor” (“Just Love”) turns on the across-the-tracks romance between a pop band lead singer-writer Noah and Emma, a young over-achiever female lawyer, who literally bump into each other. Their love gives Noah’s songs an authentic edge they previously lacked. But Noah’s fame, millions of online followers and manipulating manager threaten to wreck their passionate affair. Can “just love” pull them through?

Making its market debut at Ventana Sur on Dec. 12, “Just Love” stars 24-year-old Franco Masini,
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Ivanhoe Pictures Boards Priyanka Chopra’s ‘The Sky is Pink’

Ivanhoe Pictures Boards Priyanka Chopra’s ‘The Sky is Pink’
Crazy Rich Asians” producer Ivanhoe Pictures has come on board Priyanka Chopra’s family drama “The Sky Is Pink.” Ivanhoe will co-invest and co-produce.

Fact-based, “Pink” is written and directed by top director Shonali Bose and is based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhury. The film is Chopra’s first in India since her U.S. television series “Quantico.”

Production is spearheaded by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Siddharth Roy Kapur’s Roy Kapur Films. Both men are former heads of Disney in India. Chopra, who has recently dominated headlines with her marriage to Nick Jonas, both stars in and co-produces the movie.

The film features youngster Zaira Wasim, in the lead role. Chopra and Farhan Akhtar appear as her parents. Wasim was the lead of “Secret Superstar,” and before that breakout hit “Dangal.” She will this week be honored by Variety as an Asian Up and Coming
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Netflix Orders ‘Queen Sono,’ Its First African Original Series

Netflix has ordered its first African original series, “Queen Sono,” a drama about a secret agent who fights crime while dealing with crises in her personal life. The series will launch globally in 2019.

“Queen Sono” stars veteran South African actress Pearl Thusi, who tweeted in an emotional video Monday that she “cannot wait for…every woman on this continent, and actually on this planet, to meet Queen Sono.” Of the deal with Netflix, she added: “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent.”

The announcement of the show comes barely a week after Erik Barmack,
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'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou': THR's 2004 Review

'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou': THR's 2004 Review
On Dec. 10, 2004, Wes Anderson unveiled his latest ensemble comedy, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

Although still fond of oddballs and eccentrics, Wes Anderson moves past the merely quirky in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, his wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer. Following his Oscar-nominated turn in Lost in Translation, Bill Murray brings his singularly edgy ennui to the unlikely role of a modern-day Ahab.

The writer-director's most recent film, The Royal Tenenbaums, was a museum collection of character types ...
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Andy Serkis Revives Gollum to Mock U.K.'s Brexit Negotiations

Gollum has a Brexit plan, kind of. 

The U.K.'s ongoing and increasingly fraught attempts to negotiate its departure from the European Union were given some much-needed comic relief over the weekend thanks to some expert trolling by Andy Serkis

In a video shared by the actor Sunday, titled "Leaked: Footage from Inside No. 10 Downing Street," Serkis, dressed up to resemble the U.K.'s embattled Prime Minister Theresa May in a gray wig and blue jacket, has a back-and-forth conversation with himself as The Lord of the Rings' Gollum (and his "...
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Police Probe Into Putin Critic Alexander Sokurov's Film Foundation Finds No Wrongdoing

Police Probe Into Putin Critic Alexander Sokurov's Film Foundation Finds No Wrongdoing
Police in St. Petersburg have found no wrongdoing in the operations of film foundation Primer Inotnatsii (Example of Intonation), run by well-known director and prominent Vladimir Putin critic Alexander Sokurov (Faust, Russian Ark).

No criminal charges against the foundation or any individuals involved in its activities will be brought, Interfax news agency reported, citing a police statement.

"The police conducted a thorough probe into allegations made in a complaint," read a statement from the police. "Based on the results of the probe, a decision was made not to open a criminal case since no wrongdoing was discovered."

Law ...
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'Roma' Targeting Major Theatrical Release in China

Alfonso Cuaron's awards-season favorite Roma remains somewhat hard to find in movie theaters across most of the U.S., despite Netflix's unprecedented decision to give the film a limited theatrical run in select cities domestically and overseas.

Movie lovers in China, however, could soon enjoy the luxury of seeing the critically acclaimed film on the big screen with far greater ease. 

E Stars, an influential film distributor based in Beijing, has acquired the Chinese theatrical rights to Roma from Participant Media, which produced the film (Lionsgate International brokered the deal). The Chinese company is laying the groundwork to release ...
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China Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Sinks All Challengers With $94 Million Opening

China Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Sinks All Challengers With $94 Million Opening
The decision to release “Aquaman” in China two weeks prior to its North American outing paid off handsomely. The DC Comics adaptation achieved a massive $94.1 million opening in three days, according to data from Asian entertainment consultancy Artisan Gateway.

The early release meant that the film played against weak opposition – tired Hollywood and Chinese holdovers and a small Chinese picture. That allowed it to achieve an 85% market share. National box office for the weekend was $108 million.

The opening figures represented the biggest weekend ever for a Warner Bros. title in China – the film was released in China through state-owned China Film Group – beating “Ready Player One” by 66%. It was also by far the best score for a DC Comics title, which are sometimes considered too dark for mainstream audience tastes in China, compared with Disney’s Marvel franchise. It beat “Justice League” by 92% and “Batman Vs Superman” by 78% and overtook
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