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China Box Office: Pet Drama ‘Adoring’ Runs Away With Weekend Prize

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China Box Office: Pet Drama ‘Adoring’ Runs Away With Weekend Prize
Chinese pet drama, “Adoring” sauntered into 2020 at the head of China’s weekend box office with earnings of $16.8 million after debuting last Tuesday, the final day of the decade. The tear-jerking, but feel-good, ensemble drama about people and their companion cats, dogs and pigs has grossed a cumulative $62.4 million, according to consultancy Artisan Gateway.

China has seen a pack of pet movies hit theaters recent years, including at least three dog films in 2019. American title “A Dog’s Way Home” grossed $5.36 million after it hit in January, while the Dennis Quaid-starring “A Dog’s Journey” made $29 million in May. Chinese golden retriever film “Little Q” earned $16 million in September.

In second place this weekend was Hong Kong martial arts film “Ip Man 4,” which added another $10.5 million to its tally to bring its current cume up to $131 million. Chinese drama “Sheep Without a Shepherd,” directed by Malaysia’s Sam Quah, came in third,
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Rushes: Behind "The Deer Hunter," Re-Making "Black Christmas," Film Festivals and Systemic Change

  • MUBI
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSLate last month, we were saddened by the death of Jean Douchet, whose criticism as co-editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinéma and as a mentor figure for many in the French film community was invaluable. Recommended VIEWINGKino Lorber's first trailer for Kantemir Balagov's Beanpole, which follows the bond between two women in post-wwii Leningrad. Read Ela Bittencourt's Close-Up on the film, which received its online premiere in the UK on Mubi earlier this fall. Corneliu Porumboiu's The Whistlers, a crime thriller about a cop, a mob in the Canary Islands, and El Siblo, an intricate indigenous language that involves whistling. Recommended READINGMichael Cimino and Robert De Niro on the set of The Deer HunterThe Guardian has published an excerpt of One Shot: The Making of The Deer Hunter, which includes exclusive photos from Robert De Niro's personal collection.
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Cannes competition title ‘The Wild Goose Lake’ enjoys strong China opening

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Cannes competition title ‘The Wild Goose Lake’ enjoys strong China opening
Diao Yinan-directed film grosses $23m, while Giuseppe Tornatore classic The Legend Of 1900 is now on $20m.

Chinese filmmaker Diao Yinan’s Cannes competition title The Wild Goose Lake has had an impressive opening in mainland China, grossing $19.4m (RMB136.2m) on its opening weekend (Dec 6-9).

As of December 11 morning, the crime drama – about a gangster who crosses paths with a prostitute while on the run – had grossed $23.4m (RMB165m), coming in second only to Sony’s Jumanji 2: The Next Level, which scored $24.6m (RMB172.9m) on its opening weekend.

The Wild Goose Lake, which stars Hu
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Cannes competition title ‘The Wild Goose Lake’ has strong China opening

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Cannes competition title ‘The Wild Goose Lake’ has strong China opening
Diao Yinan-directed film grosses $23m, while Giuseppe Tornatore classic The Legend Of 1900 is now on $20m.

Chinese filmmaker Diao Yinan’s Cannes competition title The Wild Goose Lake has had an impressive opening in mainland China, grossing $19.4m (RMB136.2m) on its opening weekend (Dec 6-9).

As of December 11 morning, the crime drama – about a gangster who crosses paths with a prostitute while on the run – had grossed $23.4m (RMB165m), coming in second only to Sony’s Jumanji 2: The Next Level, which scored $24.6m (RMB172.9m) on its opening weekend.

The Wild Goose Lake, which stars Hu
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China Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Makes Best China Debut Ever for Disney Animated Film

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China Box Office: ‘Frozen 2’ Makes Best China Debut Ever for Disney Animated Film
Frozen 2” iced out all its competitors in China this weekend, sliding out in front of the pack to top the local box office with a $53.2 million debut – the best ever for a Disney animated film in the Middle Kingdom. “Frozen 2” made more in three days than the original “Frozen” made during its entire Chinese theatrical run ($48 million) in 2014.

It was also the third-highest opening weekend ever for an animated film in China.

“Frozen 2” currently has viewer ratings of 9 and 7.3 out of 10 on the Maoyan and Douban platforms, respectively. Musicals have historically not been very popular in China, something reflected in the comments of those who gave less favorable reviews. “After five minutes there’s a short music video, after another 10 there’s another long one! Has Disney gone crazy?” wrote one on Douban.

Awkwafina’s “The Farewell” was initially scheduled to debut last Friday as well, but it was pulled at the last minute,
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China Box Office: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Kept Earthbound by Local Romcom

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China Box Office: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Kept Earthbound by Local Romcom
The new “Charlie’s Angels” reboot was no match for a local romantic comedy or a 20-year-old Giuseppe Tornatore film at the Chinese box office, bringing in just $7.6 million in its debut weekend, according to figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks and starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, the film has had a lackluster start, with China’s day-and-date release failing to provide much of a boost to its $8.6 million three-day gross in the U.S. This installment of the franchise continues the story told in the 1970s TV show and two previous films, 2000’s “Charlie’s Angels” and 2003’s “Charlie Angels: Full Throttle,” none of which was ever popular in the mainland. According to ticketing platform Maoyan, the latter movie received some sort of China release in 2003 that netted it just $2 million.

The fault clearly didn’t lie with Chinese audiences being impervious to nostalgia. In a surprise upset,
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‘Ford V Ferrari’ Revs Up $52M+ Worldwide Bow; No China Halo For ‘Charlie’s Angels’ – International Box Office

  • Deadline
‘Ford V Ferrari’ Revs Up $52M+ Worldwide Bow; No China Halo For ‘Charlie’s Angels’  – International Box Office
Update, writethru: Fox/Chernin Entertainment’s Ford V Ferrari raced its way to a $21.4M start at the international box office this weekend. The Disney release went out in 41 material markets and came in slightly above pre-frame projections. This is a solid start that combines with domestic’s high-octane debut to make for a $52.4M global bow.

Key here is that this is seen as a marathon, and not a sprint. There is more play to come on the James Mangold-directed drama that is expected to have strong legs. The awards season contender is generating positive critical and social sentiment and was No. 1 in such markets as Italy, Mexico, Australia and Russia. Still to bow are Korea, Japan and China (the latter not yet dated) along with a handful of others.

Overall in like-for-like hubs, Fvf came in 73% ahead of Rush, 33% above Bridge Of Spies and 8% ahead of Sully.
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John Turturro’s ‘Name of the Rose’ Sells to U.K.’s BBC, Germany’s Sky, France’s Ocs

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Tele München Group’s world sales unit, Tm International, has sold its high-end television series “The Name of the Rose,” starring John Turturro, to multiple territories, including the BBC in the U.K., Sky in Germany and Ocs in France.

Additionally it has been acquired by Yle in Finland, Nrk in Norway, Dr in Denmark, Sbs in Australia, Vrt in Belgium, Rtp in Portugal, Ceska TV in Czech Republic, Sky in New Zealand, and Iti in Poland. As previously announced, AMC’s SundanceTV holds the rights for the U.S. and Canada, and Rai will air the show in Italy.

As well as Turturro, the cast of the eight-hour series includes Michael Emerson, Rupert Everett (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), Damian Hardung (“Red Band Society”), Sebastian Koch (“Homeland”), James Cosmo (“Game of Thrones”), Richard Sammel (“Inglourious Basterds”), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (“Human Capital”) and Greta Scarano (“In Treatment”).

The series
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Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess Get 'The Best Offer' With Giuseppe Tornatore, Ennio Morricone To Score Film

Celebrated Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore doesn't exactly crank them out, and while he made waves on American shores in the late '80s and '90s with "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker," "The Legend Of 1900" and "Malena," it has been over a decade since the latter and the subsequent movies -- "The Unknown Woman" and "Baaria" -- have made the same splash.  But his next effort is gearing up, and drawing upon two well-known names, it could see him once again back in American arthouses in bigger form.

Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess are set to star in "The Best Offer." Details are pretty scarce, but the film is said to be an "art auction world drama" set in Vienna and the Alps that will start shooting at the end of the month. But adding a bit of excitement to the news is the mentoin that 83-year-old master composer
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Legend Of The Guardians – The Owls Of Ga’Hoole Movie Review

Legend of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hoole (which I’m not going to say again) stands out as nothing so much as a missed opportunity, though one which may be serviceable enough for a sufficiently young demographic. Following the story of a young owl who is abducted and forced into slave labor, Legend of the Guardians quickly becomes a quest film (which utterly abandons that quest), as our owlet Soren must escape and find his way to the titular warriors, who may or may not really exist.

Opening on a normal family of owls, and Soren’s first lessons in flight, we are told the history and mythos of owl life, and learn that a mighty battle in the not so distant past is responsible for the peaceful life the owls now enjoy. Soren dreams of being a Guardian, but the legend has turned to fairy tale for most,
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Cannes 2010: Pics and Trailers for Several In Competition Titles and Then Some

Over the weekend I was hard at work adding additional titles debuting at this year's 2010 Cannes Film Festival in an effort to make sure once I am in town it is all about seeing the movies and working as little as possible on the asset process. As a result, I now have 17 of the 18 films in competition in the database as information on Sergei Loznitsa's Schastye Moe (My Joy) doesn't seem to be available. However, information on the other 17 is now readily available along with some new pictures and trailers for several of them.

First off, to the right is one of the first three images available for Mathieu Amalric's Tournee, of which I also have the official synopsis for the film from the man most of you know as the villain from Quantum of Solace or Jean-Dominique Bauby from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

In Tournee
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Leonard Maltin Chats About His New Book – 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen

If you're a fan of movies, and I mean a real fan, one of the things you love most is sharing those lesser-known titles. Now sure, everyone likes talking movies and sharing their thoughts about them to some degree or other. Most people play critic on Monday, talking up (or wildly trashing) whatever they happened to catch that weekend. But, if you've ever thrown out that virtual unknown as a recommendation, and had your... victim... return singing its praises, then you have an idea what it's all about. There's that little, instant in-group bias that kicks in. That curious sense of added depth of relationship that seems to come from suddenly "knowing" someone who liked that film that didn't make it to mainstream awareness for one reason or another. You can get a certain sense of the same thing when people love or hate the mainstream big shots, but it's
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Int: Melanie Thierry

  • JoBlo
Model turned TV, theatrical and film actress Melanie Thierry began her early ascent by mesmerizing French audiences in national productions, until scoring her first international crossover hit, The Legend Of The Pianist On The Ocean. Continuing her rise to stardom, Thierry starred in Chrysalis and Pardonnez-moi until landing a part opposite Vin Diesel in Mathieu Kassovitz.s upcoming sci-fi action-adventure film, Babylon A.D.. Making her Hollywood debut, the French beauty plays a young...
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