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'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Tops the Weekend, but Falls Short of Expectations

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Tops the Weekend, but Falls Short of Expectations
This weekend saw the release of two new sequels and Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil topped the chart as expected, albeit with a lighter performance than expected. However, Sony's Zombieland: Double Tap came in on the high side of expectations while WB's Joker continued its strong run and will soon top $250 million domestically. Elsewhere, Neon's Parasite, A24's The Lighthouse and Fox Searchlight's Jojo Rabbit all had strong showings in limited release. With an estimated $36 million, Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opened atop the weekend box office, but failed to reach studio or industry expectations. The performance is also nearly half of the $69.4 million opening for the 2014 original. We saw early signs the film might struggle as noted in our weekend preview when looking at IMDb page view data, but it does appear those that did make their way to theaters to see the follow up enjoyed it,
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HBO's Watchmen Is Poised to Be a Giant Hit, but That Doesn't Mean Season 2 Is Coming

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HBO's Watchmen Is Poised to Be a Giant Hit, but That Doesn't Mean Season 2 Is Coming
HBO's adaptation of Watchmen isn't the first time the dark, meta-critical take on the superhero genre has been adapted for the screen, but it's definitely the buzziest version. The "remixed" version of the famous graphic novel, which debuts on Sunday, Oct. 20, is not a direct adaptation but rather a new story that takes place in the same universe. Will there be a second season, though? Right now, it's not looking likely.

During New York Comic Con, executive producer Damon Lindelof repeatedly stressed that Watchmen, as it stands now, is designed to be self-contained and not leave any loose ends at the end of season one.

"We designed these nine episodes to be as self-contained as the original 12 issues [of the comics]. We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness, to resolve the essential mystery at hand. Obviously, there is a potential promise for the further exploration of the world
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Everything You Need to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Upcoming TV Shows

Everything You Need to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Upcoming TV Shows
The Avengers might have beaten Thanos, but that hasn’t put a stop to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The world’s largest film franchise has already announced a slew of Phase 4 projects, but television fans will also be getting their superhero fill on the small screen, too.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to television shows, and although the Disney-Netflix partnership that delivered hits such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” has ended, there are a multitude of other television shows in the franchise that will be popping up in the next few years.

Here’s a rundown on all the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero action that will be making its way to television in the near future:

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right

‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right
It’s impossible to address the challenge of Nazi satire without considering “The Day the Clown Cried.” Jerry Lewis’ misbegotten 1972 production found the comedian directing himself as a Jewish entertainer at a concentration camp. To date, the completed work (if it exists at all) has never been seen. Lewis was reportedly ashamed of the project and managed to hide the footage from the world for the remainder of his life. “Jojo Rabbit” is some indication of why Lewis wanted to bury it: It’s no easy task to turn the Holocaust into a punchline.

There’s a difference between confronting evil and actually dismantling its assumptions. For all the good intentions of “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi’s “anti-hate satire” never contends with the Nazism at its core. It would be a different story if the movie, in the grand subversive tradition of “The Producers,” appropriated Nazi iconography by positioning it
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‘Cyrano, My Love’: Is A Delightful Look At The Creation Of A Classic [Review]

‘Cyrano, My Love’: Is A Delightful Look At The Creation Of A Classic [Review]
When “Cyrano De Bergerac” first appeared on the stage in Paris, it seemed like a gift from God in an era of canting comedies. Who could have guessed that this failed playwright could write an overnight success literally overnight? No one, apparently. In 19th century Paris, people mocked Edmond Rostand for performing poetry. “Write a comedy!” they told him. And so he did. The journey that follows his path to writing high-brow humor, “Cyrano, My Love,” seems like a gift from God in an era of standard-issue biopics.

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Rock Hall of Fame Adds Two Key Members to Motorhead Nomination

Following an uproar from Motörhead’s fans and surviving members, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has added drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell to the list of eligible band members on the ballot for the class of 2020 nominations.

Both Dee and Campbell weren’t included in the band’s original nomination – the ballot only recognized original members Lemmy Kilmister, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor – even though they were in Motörhead longer than the musicians they replaced.

Following news of the nomination change, Motörhead posted
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Box Office: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Dominates With Soft $36 Million

Box Office: ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Dominates With Soft $36 Million
Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, flew lower than the original and debuted to a disappointing $36 million from 2,790 North American theaters, nearly half of what the first movie made in its inaugural outing ($69 million).

Despite opening below projections heading into the weekend, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” easily towered over competition including holdover from Warner Bros.’ “Joker” and newcomer Sony’s “Zombieland: Double Tap.” The “Maleficent” follow-up did benefit as one of the few offerings catering to younger female moviegoers in a marketplace that’s been largely dominated by male-skewed titles like “Joker” and Paramount’s “Gemini Man.” Women represented 56% of ticket buyers, about 50% of which were under the age of 25.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Cursed With $36 Million Opening

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Even with all its record-smashing success, Disney has shown in recent years that it isn’t immune to an occasional misfire. That is being proven again with “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel with a $185 million budget that has grossed only $36 million in North America this weekend from 3,790 screens and is turning to overseas markets for better results.

That is despite premium format support from 2,300 3D locations, 380 IMAX screens, 600 Premium Large Format screens and 135 4D theaters. While audiences have given the film an A on CinemaScore, critics were not favorable with a 40% Rotten Tomatoes score.

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As a result, “Mistress of Evil” has joined 2019 sequels like “The Lego Movie 2” and “Godzilla: King of Monsters” that have opened far below their predecessors. This opening is 48% down from the $69.4 million opening earned by the first “Maleficent” in the summer
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Rome Mia Market Wraps With Stronger U.S. Presence, Boosts Italy’s Industry Standing

Rome’s Mia market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped positively Sunday with organizers boasting a bump in attendance just as some 2,500 executives departed in an upbeat mood after four days of dealmaking and presentations of mostly European fresh product, which elevated Italy’s global standing in the industry, especially within the TV sector.

“Italy is in a full Renaissance phase in terms of scripted,” said Walter Iuzzolino, curator of Walter Presents, the joint venture between British broadcaster Channel 4 and Global Series Network, specialized in foreign-language drama series.

Iuzzolino, who at Mia presented the Greenlit section dedicated to new series,
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Rome Mia Market Wraps With Stronger U.S. Presence, Boosts Italy’s Industry Standing

Rome’s Mia market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped positively Sunday with organizers boasting a bump in attendance just as some 2,500 executives departed in an upbeat mood after four days of dealmaking and presentations of mostly European fresh product, which elevated Italy’s global standing in the industry, especially within the TV sector.

“Italy is in a full Renaissance phase in terms of scripted,” said Walter Iuzzolino, curator of Walter Presents, the joint venture between British broadcaster Channel 4 and Global Series Network, specialized in foreign-language drama series.

Iuzzolino, who at Mia presented the Greenlit section dedicated to new series, added that there is a push underway in Italy’s TV industry “towards a gigantic upgrading of quality in terms of writing, production, acting, everything. The Italian shows showcased in Greenlit “could be playing on Channel 4 this evening in primetime,” he noted.

European TV took center stage,
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See Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo Perform at Hollywood Bowl Cancer Benefit

See Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo Perform at Hollywood Bowl Cancer Benefit
Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and more gathered at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl Saturday to perform an intimate night of music for the 7th annual We Can Survive benefit.

The event—which supports the American Cancer Society—also featured performances from Camila Cabello, Jonas Brothers, Marshmello and Becky G, as well as a surprise set from Halsey.

For Swift’s set, she performed 1989 single “Blank Space” followed by “Me” and delivered an emotive performance of “Lover” from her 2019 album. The “You Need To Calm Down” singer also delivered her songs
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See Bruce Springsteen Surprise ‘Western Stars’ Audience at New Jersey Movie Theater

See Bruce Springsteen Surprise ‘Western Stars’ Audience at New Jersey Movie Theater
Bruce Springsteen delivered a surprise introduction Saturday before two Western Stars screenings at a movie theater in his native Freehold, New Jersey.

“We knew we weren’t going to tour, so I tried to figure out a way to get the music to you,” Springsteen told the awed audience at the AMC Freehold 14 movie theater.

Springsteen, who was accompanied by the film’s co-director Thom Zimny, also spoke about filming Western Stars at his Colts Neck, New Jersey barn and in Joshua Tree National Park, the Asbury Park Press reported.
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Dito Tsintsadze's 'Shindisi' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival

Dito Tsintsadze's 'Shindisi' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival
The Georgian film Shindisi was awarded the Grand Prix of the 35th Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close in the Polish capital on Oct. 20. The film's director Dito Tsintsadze picked up the best director's award.

Shindisi, a harrowing story based on true events, is Georgia's entry in the 2020 best international feature Oscar race.

A Hairy Taleby Iranian director Homayoun Ghanizadeh's collected the special jury award.

The jury of the 1-2 competition, which presented directors' first and second feature efforts, gave its award to Move the Grave, directed by South Korea's Seung-o Jeong.

The ...
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Rolling Loud and the NYPD Pulled 5 Rappers From Festival. The Repercussions Are Only Beginning

On October 12th and 13th, five New York City rappers — Pop Smoke, Casanova, Don Q, Sheff G, and 22gz — were scheduled to perform at Rolling Loud, the popular rap festival that was finally making its debut in the birthplace of hip-hop after dominating Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. But three days before their appearance at Queens’ Citi Field, festival organizers received a letter from NYPD Assistant Chief Martin Morales, citing each performer as “public safety concerns.”

“The above listed performers have been associated with recent acts of violence citywide,
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Hear Frank Ocean Return With New Song ‘Dhl’

Hear Frank Ocean Return With New Song ‘Dhl’
Hours after announcing a pair of new singles, Frank Ocean premiered a third new song, “Dhl,” on the first episode of the singer’s Blonded radio show in over two years. The track marks Ocean’s first original music since 2017.

“I got a pack from Dhl / Just got up on a pill,” Ocean sings on the chorus of the Boys Noize-produced track, a downbeat 4:30-minute cut punctuated by Ocean’s roving verses.

Following the release of “Dhl,” Ocean’s fans have combed through the singer’s social media and
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Why Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Head Like a Hole’ Is Still the Anti-Anthem for Our Times

Why Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Head Like a Hole’ Is Still the Anti-Anthem for Our Times
By Trent Reznor’s estimation, “Head Like a Hole” was a “throwaway.” He had labored intensely on Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, Pretty Hate Machine, with all its complex, shadowy textures and abject confessions, revising each song until it was perfect. But he wrote “Head Like a Hole” in about 15 minutes in his bedroom, tacked it on as the album’s lead track, and released it as the album’s second single. Then it blew up.

“The fact that it produced this huge reaction really pissed me off because I hadn’t agonized over it,
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Box Office: 'Maleficent 2' Stumbles to No. 1 With $36M; 'Joker' Snags Magical $29M

Box Office: 'Maleficent 2' Stumbles to No. 1 With $36M; 'Joker' Snags Magical $29M
There was nothing magical about the domestic box office debut of Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

The sequel stumbled to first place with $36 million from 3,790 theaters, well behind expectations and more than 45 percent behind the $69.4 million launch of Maleficent five years ago. It also supplanted Dumbo to mark Disney's lowest opening of the year so far (excluding Fox titles).

Maleficent 2 's fate will now largely depend upon its performance overseas, where the first film made 68 percent of its total haul. The $185 million sequel opened to $117 million from 56 material markets ...
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'Eeb Allay Ooo!': Film Review | Mumbai 2019

In India, monkeys may recall the great Hindu monkey god Hanuman, and they may be protected under wildlife laws, but when they infest downtown New Delhi they have to be dealt with. The real-life solution has been to have human guards mimic the sounds made by their natural enemies, the langurs, to scare them away from the main buildings of Indian democracy. Prateek Vats’ first fiction feature Eeb Allay Ooo! takes the ironies one step further in a farcical story that is more thought-provoking than funny. Because the situation’s inherent comedy is kept in the background, it isn’t likely ...
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Film Republic Inks Further Deals for ‘God of the Piano’ (Exclusive)

Sales agent Film Republic has closed further territory sales on “God of the Piano.” Film Movement previously picked up North American rights to the film, as reported exclusively by Variety.

Mont Blanc Cinema has taken the rights for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Limelight Distribution is looking after the Australian and New Zealand releases, Hualu Media has the rights for China, Hong Kong and Macao, and Joint Entertainment will bring the pic to Taiwan.

Itay Tal’s debut first launched at the Rotterdam Film Festival, before screening at Bafici and Moscow. It took the best actress prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival, for Naama Preis in the role of Anat, an overbearing mother who goes to extremes to maintain her composer family’s musical legacy.

For Anat, music is all she has. Having never been able to reach her father’s musical standards, she rests her hopes on the child
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'Get Shorty': THR's 1995 Review

On Oct. 20, 1995, MGM unveiled Barry Sonnenfeld's R-rated crime comedy Get Shorty in theaters, where it would go on to gross $115 million globally. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

How cool can a mere movie be? A perfect cast and great script, based on a hilariously witty best seller, are key elements. When you add a talented director and let the magic of Hollywood take over, the result is Get Shorty.

Distributor MGM and production company Jersey Films have a major winner in Get Shorty, director Barry Sonnenfeld's outstanding adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990, Raymond ...
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