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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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Best & Worst Of The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards: ‘Fleabag,’ Billy Porter, ‘Masked Singer’

There were some headscratching surprises. Few saw Jason Bateman winning Directing for a Drama Series for “Ozark” or “Bandersnatch” winning TV Movie over “Deadwood: The Movie,” but for the most part the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards only thrived on the euphoric surprises such as “Killing Eve’s” Jodi Comer and all those “Fleabag” wins and some truly eloquent acceptance speeches.

Read More: “Game of Thrones,” “Chernobyl” and “Feabag” triumph at the 2019 Emmy Awards [Complete List of Winners]

It’s helpful to take a step back and realize it could have been a much worse production.

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Filmax Acquires International on ‘The Curse of the Handsome Man’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Barcelona-based boutique studio Filmax has acquired international rights to Argentine producer-director Beda Docampo’s “The Curse of the Handsome Man,” produced by Ibón Cormenzana’s Arcadia Motion Pictures alongside Cados Producciones and Damned Besso –based in Spain—in co-production with Cecilia Díez’s Zarlek Producciones (“Medianeras”) in Argentina.

The film is backed by Spanish public broadcaster Tve and national agencies Icaa (Spain) and Incaa Argentina).

“Curse” marks a new partnership between Filmax and Arcadia who teamed on Mateo Gil’s “Lazarus Project” and “Kilian Jornet: Path to Everest.” A scam-driven romantic comedy, its cast includes Gonzalo de Castro (Javier Ruiz Caldera’s “Superlopez”), Juan Grandinetti (Federico Godfrid’s “Pinamar”), Malena Alterio (TV series “Spanish Shame”), Cayetana Guillén Cuervo (Cesc Gay’s “A Gun in Each Hand”) and Ginés García Millán (TV series “Slaughterhouse”).

“This con-man romantic comedy is not only funny, its elegance is reminiscent of a Woody Allen film,
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Javi Tasio Talks Ecam Incubator Title ‘La Mala Familia’

San Sebastian — Via their Brbr collective, filmmakers Nacho A. Villar and Luis Rojo have directed award winning music videos, and commercias. Now they’ll make the leap to features with “La Mala Familia,” a gritty urban drama set in the outskirts of Madrid. Variety spoke with the film’s producer, Javi Tasio, who developed this project at Ecam’s Incubator program. It will shoot in the fall.

How would you describe the film?

It’s the story of Andrés, a nervous kid who lives in waiting for the trial of a crime that took place five years ago; though he is not guilty, he could still be sentenced to twelve years in prison.The announcement of the trial brings his friend Nathanael back to the neighborhood, and this friend tries to help Andrés find his way to freedom. His return makes Andrés realize that in order to build a future,
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 50: their charm lives on

The 1969 western paired Paul Newman and Robert Redford to magical effect and remains one of the most undeniably entertaining westerns to date

“The horse is dead.”

It’s the middle of a tense scene in the 1969 smash Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town sheriff is attempting to round up a posse to track down Butch and Sundance, leaders of the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang, which has been robbing banks and trains with such impunity that they’ve become an embarrassment for lawman across the frontier. Unbeknown to everyone, these celebrity outlaws are watching the scene unfold from a perch across the street, where they’re blowing their loot on liquor and whores, but the sheriff’s recruitment efforts were doomed to run aground regardless. There just isn’t much appetite for going after an elusive and dangerous pair that seem to be generous in spreading their stolen loot around.

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Outsider Takes World Sales on ‘Submerged’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures has acquired world sales rights to“Submergible” (Submerged) a narco capsule-sub-set drama thriller from Ecuador’s Alfredo León León who debuted with an original prisoner-of-war drama, “Open Wound.”

Written by Daniela Granja Nuñez and Alfredo León León, “Submerged” is produced out of Ecuador by León León’s Boom en Cuadro and Carnaval Cine, whose Arturo Yépez and Sebastián Cordero whose credits include “Such is Life in the Tropics.”

Colombia’s Proyección Films co-produces. Yépez, Cordero León León and Colombia’s Simón Beltrán, Diego Bustamante and Juan Pablo Solano serve as producers, Natalia Rojas as executive producer.

Taking the spectator inside the world of the narco-submarine, predominantly used by the Colombian drug cartels to move drugs to Mexico and ultimately the U.S., the “plucked from the headlines thriller,” as Hudson describes it, features a star Latino cast of Natalia Reyes, Leynar Gómez (“Narcos”), José Restrepo and Carlos Valencia.
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‘Fleabag’ leads British success at 2019 Emmys

‘Fleabag’ leads British success at 2019 Emmys
Jodie Comer, Jesse Armstrong, Charlie Brooker, John Oliver among other winners.

Fleabag and its creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge led a strong showing by British talents at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night (September 22), with the series winning the best comedy prize and three other awards.

Other British winners included Jodie Comer, named best lead actress in a comedy series for BBC America’s Killing Eve, Jesse Armstrong, who won the drama series writing Emmy for his HBO show Succession, and Ben Whishaw, named best supporting actor in a limited series for his performance in A Very English Scandal, also
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Carmen Chaplin to Direct ‘Charlie Chaplin, a Man of the World’ (Exclusive)

Carmen Chaplin to Direct ‘Charlie Chaplin, a Man of the World’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Director-producer-actress Carmen Chaplin is set to direct “Charlie Chaplin, a Man of the World,” a theatrical documentary feature which will add a hardly-explored new facet to the creator of the Tramp, one of the most iconic cinema characters in popular consciousness, plumbing Chaplin’s Romani roots and heritage.

Marking the first time that the Chaplin family is involved at a deep creative and industrial level in a movie about Charles Chaplin, grand-daughter Carmen Chaplin is also co-writing the documentary’s screenplay with Amaia Remírez, a co-writer on “Another Day of Life,” a European Film Awards best animated feature winner.

Described in a statement by its producers as a documentary which “radically reinterprets Chaplin’s oeuvre from a Romani perspective and examines the persecution of gypsies through his lens,” “Charlie Chaplin, a Man of the World” is produced by Madrid-based Wave of Humanity’s Stany Coppet, Dolores Chaplin and Ashim Balla,
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Emmys 2019: Amazon and ‘Fleabag’ Shine Bright on ‘Game of Thrones’ Big Night

Emmys 2019: Amazon and ‘Fleabag’ Shine Bright on ‘Game of Thrones’ Big Night
It was supposed to be a battle between the behemoths, with Netflix and HBO butting heads to determine the future of television, but somewhere along the way an $800 billion company became the little engine who could.

Amazon Prime Video had an outstanding showing at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, earning seven awards, two supporting actor awards for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” one for “A Very English Scandal,” and a shocking four prestigious prizes for Phoebe Waller-Bridge brainchild “Fleabag.”

While “Fleabag” was seen as a likely winner for writing in a comedy series, the show also pulled upsets for Waller-Bridge in lead actress in a comedy, Harry Bradbeer for directing, and the plummiest plaudit of all, Outstanding Comedy Series.

It was a shocking turn of events given the competition the series faced, both in retiring heavyweight HBO’s “Veep” and returning champion, Amazon’s own “Mrs. Maisel.”

But the most impressive achievement
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2019 Emmy Winners and Losers: ‘Fleabag’ Scores Big, ‘Veep’ Gets Blanked, but HBO Reigns

2019 Emmy Winners and Losers: ‘Fleabag’ Scores Big, ‘Veep’ Gets Blanked, but HBO Reigns
The 2019 Primetime Emmys were anything but predictable — save one inevitable final victory for “Game of Thrones” — and that led to quite a few welcome winners as well as a stack of unexpected losers. In the age of “too much TV,” the TV Academy did an admirable job spreading the love. “Game of Thrones” didn’t even win everything it could. In fact, the HBO drama lost a few awards many expected it to walk away with.

That didn’t stop HBO from dominating, even though a stronger-than-expected Amazon made a nice run of its own. Netflix had a night of highs and lows, while broadcast continued to struggle. Take a look at the night’s winners and losers below, but don’t forget to tell us who made an impression on you in the comments.

Winners

Amazon

While everyone talked about HBO vs. Netflix, Amazon took the first four awards
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HBO dominates 2019 Primetime Emmys but 'Fleabag' biggest individual winner

HBO dominates 2019 Primetime Emmys but 'Fleabag' biggest individual winner
Game Of Thrones emerges with 12 Emmys over three ceremonies.

HBO reclaimed its crown at this year’s Primetime Emmy awards on Sunday (September 22) night, with Game Of Thrones taking the best drama series award as expected but adding only one other prize to its haul on the night.

Fleabag, from Amazon and the BBC, provided most of the surprises and was the biggest winner on the night. It earned four prizes including comedy series, lead actress and writing for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and directing for Harry Bradbeer. Veep, a frequent Emmy winner in previous years, was completely shut out.

Six months
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Emmys 2019 Telecast Review: Yup, It’s Time to Bring Back the Host

Emmys 2019 Telecast Review: Yup, It’s Time to Bring Back the Host
Did “The Masked Singer” host the 2019 Emmys, or did it just feel like it? Chaos, after all, is the guiding force on Fox’s Emmy-nominated reality show, but it shouldn’t be when it comes to a prestigious awards ceremony. Less hubbub was made about the Emmys’ decision to go without a host than when the Oscars did it seven months prior, but while the Film Academy salvaged an entertaining telecast from the trash heap that was its lead-in (and winners’ list), the TV Academy couldn’t follow suit. Though plenty of surprise wins helped keep things interesting for die-hard Emmy fans, this year’s show didn’t feature enough personality, uniformity, or orchestrated highlights — you know, the things a host typically provides.

Even if you disagree, this much should have been clear to everyone: Going without a host for the start of the Emmys is hard enough, but drawing
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‘Breaking Bad’s ‘El Camino’ Teaser Trailer: Jesse Pinkman Is A Wanted Man On The Run

Breaking Bad” fans, hold your introductory meth lab kits. After months of secrecy about a “Breaking Bad” feature set to hit Netflix and AMC sometime in 2020, the haze the project lived under for months was finally lifted earlier this fall. Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is back, and he’s going to star in a sequel called, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.” As the new teaser demonstrates, unveiled tonight during the Emmy broadcast, “El Camino” picks up just hours after the events of the “Breaking Bad” finale– the Alberqurque police putting out an Apb bulletin about Pinkman’s whereabouts, though they obviously don’t know his identity.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Wins Outstanding Drama Series

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No other drama series this year stood a chance.

For its final season, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has taken home the night’s top honor at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards in downtown Los Angeles — Outstanding Drama Series. Including last weekend’s 2019 Creative Arts Emmys, this brings the HBO series’ total haul to 12 Emmy Award wins. The total arises from the record-breaking 32 nominations the series had for the year — which, in Emmys history, marked the most nominations in one year for any comedy or drama — including seven nominations across the acting categories. Peter Dinklage took home Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series on Sunday night as well.

The night’s total “Game of Thrones” wins add to the massive 10 wins the George R.R. Martin adaptation swept up at the Creative Arts Emmys. “Game of Thrones” beat out HBO’s own “Succession,” plus “Better Call Saul” (AMC), “Bodyguard” (Netflix), “Killing Eve
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‘Fleabag’ Wins Emmy for Best Comedy Series, Capping Off the Show’s Gigantic Night

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‘Fleabag’ Wins Emmy for Best Comedy Series, Capping Off the Show’s Gigantic Night
Right after one of the biggest streaks in Emmys history, surprises reigned. On Sunday night, “Fleabag” won Best Comedy Series, beating out mainstay “Veep” and defending champion “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Speaking to the gathered crowd at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, series creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge capped off the night, accepting on behalf of one of the night’s biggest winners. Waller-Bridge thanked, among others, cast member Andrew Scott and series composer Isobel Waller-Bridge.

The category was the last chance for long-running winner “Veep” to take home a prize, but one of the winningest series in Emmys history will go home empty this year. Last year, “Maisel” became the first series from a streaming service to win Best Comedy, paving the way for “Fleabag” (fellow Amazon Prime Video series) to join this year’s list of nominees.

This 2019 Best Comedy race was one of the most wide open in recent years,
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Jodie Comer Wins Emmy for Best Actress in Drama Series for ‘Killing Eve’

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Jodie Comer Wins Emmy for Best Actress in Drama Series for ‘Killing Eve’
Surprise! Jodie Comer took home the top prize for a TV actress tonight. Her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her turn in “Killing Eve” as cunning assassin Villanelle is not only her first Primetime Emmy win ever, but the actress’ first nomination as well. The BBC America series, which was up for nine Emmy Awards this year, was renewed for a third season this past April.

Jodie Comer bested her co-lead Sandra Oh, who was also up for Outstanding Lead Actress for “Killing Eve.” Comer also topped a superb lineup of nominated talent: Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), and Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”).

In “Killing Eve,” Comer plays the wicked killing machine whose life inextricably becomes entangled with that of Oh’s Eve. Tonight, Sandra Oh was also
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‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Trailer: Jesse Pinkman Must Escape Hell All Over Again

The official trailer for Netflix’s “Breaking Bad” film (officially titled “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”) debuted during the 71st Emmy Awards and delivered on all of the white-knuckle suspense and devastating character-driven drama that fans of the AMC series have come to expect. The movie is debuting more than six years after “Breaking Bad” aired its series finale, but the plot picks up as if no time has passed by. Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman is front and center as the movie follows the character in the immediate aftermath of breaking free of his neo-Nazi captors.

Netflix’s official synopsis for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” reads: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.” “Breaking Bad” showrunner Vince Gilligan wrote and directed the movie, which brings back familiar
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‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Trailer: Jesse Pinkman is Back

‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Trailer: Jesse Pinkman is Back
It’s been nearly six years since Breaking Bad wrapped up with one of the most beloved series finales of the modern era. And while creator Vince Gilligan has been working in that world since then with the highly acclaimed spinoff series Better Call Saul, he’s also returning to one of Breaking Bad‘s most beloved characters […]

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New ‘El Camino’ Trailer Teases Jesse Pinkman’s Journey After ‘Breaking Bad’

Netflix has released a new trailer for El Camino, Vince Gilligan's feature-length follow-up to the landmark AMC drug-drama, Breaking Bad. The movie will catch up with Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman after the Nazi compound firefight that ended the life of teacher-turned-kingpin, Walter White (Bryan Cranston). In keeping with the announcement teaser, this second teaser is very scant on details, but we get our first glimpse at Jesse after the events of the Breaking Bad series finale as the aftermath is discussed on the radio. I kind of love how they're keeping the …
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Billy Porter Makes History as First Openly Gay Black Man to Win Emmy for Outstanding Actor in Drama Series

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Billy Porter Makes History as First Openly Gay Black Man to Win Emmy for Outstanding Actor in Drama Series
In a historic moment for the Primetime Emmy Awards, openly gay actor Billy Porter took home the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his moving portrayal of ballroom emcee Pray Tell in FX’s landmark Lgbt showcase, “Pose.” He is the first gay black actor to win the prize.

The show, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, received a total of six nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series. “Pose” recently wrapped its superb second season, set in the early 1990s as the AIDS crisis takes hold of the gay community in New York and across the country. Over the summer, the series was renewed by FX for a third season, which has yet to begin production.

Porter has had a banner year, from slaying it with killer couture everywhere from the 2019 Academy Awards to the Met Gala, but he also received a Golden Globe nomination,
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