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China Makes Space For ‘The Martian’ As ‘Good Dinosaur’ Snatches Eggs From No. 1 ‘Mockingjay 2’ – Intl B.O. Update

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UPDATE, 4:15 PM PT: There's a lot this weekend that's reminiscent of last year's comparable frame, which again has a Hunger Games movie atop the heap, and a space sci-fi epic coming in at No. 2 across the globe. And yet, there are shifts to watch. The Martian seemed to have a strong China debut all but assured this weekend given the performance of recent comps, its own stellar run elsewhere and a plotline that puts the Chinese in nice light. Debuting in the Middle Kingdom… Read

‘The Assassin’, ‘Carol’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Top BFI Sight & Sound’s Best Of 2015


Taiwan’s The Assassin, from this year’s Cannes Film Festival best director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, has been voted the top movie of 2015 in the British Film Institute’s poll of 168 critics for the organization’s Sight & Sound magazine. No. 2 and 3 were Todd Haynes’ Carol and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Sight & Sound editor Nick James described The Assassin, released in the U.S. by Well Go USA, as “a gorgeous work of revenge, magic and delicate restraint – a work of… Read

French Media Dedicates Coverage To Emotional Memorial Service For Victims Of Paris Attacks

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 27:  President of France Francois Hollande attends The National Tribute to The Victims of The Paris Terrorist Attacks at Les Invalides on November 27, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Black Friday took on an entirely different meaning in France as the still-mourning country’s nets dedicated wall-to-wall coverage to the memorial service for victims of the Paris attacks. In an emotional, defiant ceremony in Paris – attended by several of the wounded, some still in wheelchairs- the names of the fallen were read. At least 130 people were killed November 13 in Paris in a spate of terrorist attacks across the city, with most of the deaths occurring at music… Read

Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited To The U.S. From Poland

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Polish prosecutors announced on Friday that they will not challenge a judge’s decision issued last month rejecting a U.S. request to extradite director Roman Polanski. The prosecutors in Krakow affirmed Judge Dariusz Mazur’s ruling, which blocked the  request by U.S. authorities. At the time, Mazur stated, “I find no rational answer to the question: What is the real point of the U.S. extradition request?" Polanski is now free to reside and work in Poland, his birth… Read

‘Luther’ Trailer: Idris Elba Returns To Track A New Serial Killer

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Idris Elba is back as tormented genius DCI John Luther in the trailer above. The London detective, whose brilliant mind is often in conflict with the dangerous violence of his passions, returns in two new one-hour episodes next month which have been given confirmed air dates. On BBC One in the UK, the special kicks off December 15, and on BBC America in the States, it will air on December 17. When we last saw Luther it was on Southwark Bridge in the Season 3 finale back… Read

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Cemetery Of Splendour’ Wins At Asia Pacific Awards

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Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery Of Splendour has won the Best Film award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia. The awards, which took place Thursday in Brisbane, featured a special tribute to Paris, home to partner organization UNESCO. Cemetery of Splendour, which world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar, is a typically lyrical look at the bond which establishes between a hospital worker and a soldier with an unknown… Read

History UK To Premiere Exclusive Documentary On Paris Attacks

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Beginning Friday on History in the UK, A+E Networks will broadcast a one-hour special event documentary about the Paris attacks that claimed at least 130 lives. Terror: Seven Days In Paris looks at the tragedy in the context of a world faced with the threat of international terrorism. Throughout the rest of the EMEA markets where A+E is present, the doc will roll out from November 29-December 3. During the seven days immediately following the deadly events of November 13… Read

‘Star Wars’ An Art House Movie? Some French Exhibs Think So, Stoking Indie Producers’ Ire


Here’s something you don’t see very often in France, the home of cinéma d’auteur. As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches on December 16, some of France’s art house theater owners are up in arms about not being able to program the film on their screens. In turn, the indie producers union (SPI) is not siding with its brethren and is instead concerned that if Star Wars screens in indie cinemas, it will take up space it feels should go to less mainstream… Read

Archery Pictures Rolls With Fiona Cummins’ Hot Book ‘Rattle’

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EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s Archery Pictures has optioned Rattle, the debut novel by former Daily Mirror showbiz reporter Fiona Cummins, to be adapted into a TV series. Dark and compelling, Rattle is about a sinister bone collector who has a macabre obsession with his museum of medical oddities. Now it seems the time has come for a fresh harvest, and it’s down to Detective Etta Fitzroy to hunt down this psychopath before he can… Read

The Sony Hack One Year Later: Just Who Are The Guardians Of Peace?

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It was the most devastating cyber-crime ever committed against an American corporation, and its repercussions are still being felt not only in Hollywood but across the country and around the world. One year ago today, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by shadowy terrorists calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace," later identified by the FBI as operatives of the North Korean government. The attack would come to involve the President of the United States, the FBI… Read

‘The Martian’ Closing In On $500M Global: How Fox Marketers Brought Ridley Scott’s Cool Science To The Masses


The Martian has become director Ridley Scott's biggest movie ever at the global box office with $487.4M through Sunday. Of that, $213M comes from domestic in an all-time best for the helmer, and $274.4M internationally. The latter figure tops Gladiator and its $270M and leaves only Prometheus ($277M) standing in the way of a career international high. And this is all before before China and Japan even release meaning $500M is in sight. The Martian lands in the Middle… Read

‘Spanish Affairs 2’ Is Latest In Euro Culture-Clash Smashes, So Why No Hwd Remakes? – Intl B.O. Postmortem

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When culture-clashing works, it’s “gold,” an executive tells me. And that’s no joke. But while Europe has seen a string of local-language successes in the genre, none has recently gotten a U.S. remake, despite Hollywood’s fondness for mining other countries’ hits. The Spanish Affairs movies, although wildly successful at home, are likely to be no different. Following last year’s record-breaking comedy Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Spanish Affairs), the sequel this weekend set… Read