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Bo Report: ‘The Australian Dream’ resonates in upscale locations, less so elsewhere

The Australian Dream.’

The racist slurs which ended the football career of Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes dominated the national conversation for weeks in the lead-up to the premieres of Ian Darling’s The Final Quarter and Daniel Gordon’s The Australian Dream.

So how to explain the fact that Gordon’s acclaimed film ranked at No. 12 in Australian cinemas last weekend after winning the Miff Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and earning a nomination for an Aacta Award?

Some 640,000 people watched The Final Quarter on Network 10 after its Sydney Film Festival premiere in June. That plus the copious publicity for both docs and the issues of race, identity and belonging may well have prompted some people to think: “I know the story, so I don’t need to see The Australian Dream.”

To be fair, the film written by Stan Grant and produced by Good Thing ProductionsNick Batzias,
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‘Fosse/Verdon’ video interviews: Michelle Williams, Margaret Qualley and more exclusive chats [Watch]

FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” had Emmy voters tapping their toes to the tune of 17 nominations, including Best Limited Series. Gold Derby recently spoke with several of the show’s contenders, including Best Movie/Mini Actress nominee Michelle Williams, Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress competitor Margaret Qualley, director Jessica Yu, writer-producers Steven Levenson and Joel Fields, production designer Alex Digerlando, costume designer Melissa Toth, music supervisor Steven Gizicki and music director Alex Lacamoire, as well as star Susan Misner. Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

A four-time Oscar nominee for her roles in “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester by the Sea” (2016), Williams earned her first Emmy bid this year for playing dancer Gwen Verdon, the wife and muse of director Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell). Williams, who’s also a nominated producer on the series, declares “I had no
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'Hobbs & Shaw' soars in China on $102m record August box office launch

The Lion King to cross $1bn at international box office on Monday.

Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw continued its muscular trajectory and received a timely boost from China, where an estimated $101.8m debut ensured global box domination and propelled the worldwide running total to $588.8m.

Disney’s The Lion King will hit $1bn internationally on Monday, and has crossed the $1.5bn worldwide barrier. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has breezed past $200m worldwide.

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Hobbs & Shaw earned $128.6m worldwide, and showered itself in accolades in China. It delivered the biggest August debut on Rmb 721m,
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Angel Has Fallen Soars to the Top of the Box Office with $21.2 Million

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Angel Has Fallen Soars to the Top of the Box Office with $21.2 Million
Angel Has Fallen was easily able to land the number one spot at the box office this weekend. The sequel brought in $21.2 million, which is over what was initially estimated and a nice way to end the summer. Gerard Butler stars alongside Morgan Freeman and Nick Nolte in the franchise's third installment and the debut almost met the second installment's $21.6 million debut. An A- CinemaScore grade has helped the action movie, along with general praise from critics and early buzz from fans.

Good Boys was able to take the second spot at the box office this weekend after earning $11.7 million. The comedy, which was produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, surprisingly took the number one spot last weekend, thanks to positive early reviews. Overcomer took number three after bringing in $8.2 million. The faith-based drama directed by the Kendrick Brothers was also able to beat expectations for its debut weekend.
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Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Scores $102 Million Debut in China, Nears $600 Million Globally

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Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Scores $102 Million Debut in China, Nears $600 Million Globally
Universal’s “Hobbs & Shaw” returned to first place on the international box office charts, thanks to a massive $102 million debut in China.

The “Fast & Furious” spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, collected another $120 million overseas, boosting its foreign tally to $441 million. “Hobbs & Shaw” is nearing the $600 million mark globally, with ticket sales currently hovering at a sizable $588 million.

In China, “Hobbs & Shaw” set numerous records, including the biggest August opening weekend ever and the second biggest Hollywood debut of the year behind Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame.” It also marks the franchise’s second-biggest launch in the Middle Kingdom, a record still held by 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious” with $184 million.

Disney’s “The Lion King” also hit a new benchmark, crossing $1.5 billion globally to become the ninth-highest grossing movie of all time. Overseas, Jon Favreau’s photorealistic remake of the animated classic is expected to surpass the $1 billion mark on Monday,
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Box Office: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Rises to No. 1 With $21 Million Debut

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Box Office: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Rises to No. 1 With $21 Million Debut
Angel Has Fallen,” the third chapter in Lionsgate and Millenium’s action franchise starring Gerard Butler, had a stronger opening weekend than expected, collecting $21.25 million during its first three days of release.

Those ticket sales were enough to top domestic box office charts, bumping last weekend’s champ, Universal’s comedy “Good Boys,” to second place. Starring Jacob Tremblay, “Good Boys” generated $11.75 million in its sophomore outing, boosting its domestic total to $41.4 million.

Angel Has Fallen” nearly matched the $21.6 million debut of its predecessor, 2016’s “London Has Fallen.” The first film, 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” kicked off with $30.4 million.

“We wanted to give enough distance from the big summer tentpole films,” Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution David Spitz said of the movie’s late August release. “We had the opportunity, and the movie really delivered.”

Opening weekend crowds were virtually split across gender lines (51% male), while almost 60% of moviegoers
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James Cameron's Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes

James Cameron is one of the most influential film directors of all time. He’s provided inspiration for everyone from Quentin Tarantino to Michael Bay. Cameron has helmed two of the highest grossing movies ever made, which were the first and second movies to cross the $2 billion barrier at the worldwide box office. His reception on Rotten Tomatoes has been wildly up and down with his highest-rated film having a 100%, while his lowest-rated film has a measly 6%. It’s interesting to see how the review site ranks his filmography. So, here are all of James Cameron’s Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes.

Related: The 10 Best James Cameron Action Scenes, Ranked
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Looking At Potential Best Actor Contenders

The series continues on! As you all know so well from the last few weeks, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season
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Box Office Milestone: 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Crosses $200M Globally

Box Office Milestone: 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Crosses $200M Globally
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has zoomed past the $200 million mark at the global box office, a feat accomplished by only one other original film this year.

Through Thursday, Quentin Tarantino's ninth film — starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt — stood at $208.5 million worldwide (by Sunday, that number should approach $250 million).

That's not the only milestone Tarantino and Sony are celebrating. The film is set to pass Inglourious Basterds ($120.8 million) in North America on Saturday to rank as the director's second-biggest film domestically behind Django Unchained ($162.8 million), not adjusted for ...
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Quentin Tarantino & Paul Thomas Anderson Talk ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,’ Avoiding Exploitation & More In New Q&a Podcast

Quentin Tarantino has few peers that are his equals. Everyone from his “Four Rooms” days has basically come and gone besides Robert Rodriguez who has seemingly gone in a different direction these last few years, and there are very few directors from his era that were up-and-coming at the time that are on his level. Perhaps the only one, arriving on the scene a few years after the 1994 success of “Pulp Fiction” is Paul Thomas Anderson.

Continue reading Quentin Tarantino & Paul Thomas Anderson Talk ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,’ Avoiding Exploitation & More In New Q&a Podcast at The Playlist.
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Listen to Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Listen to Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Talk about a meeting of the minds.

Lucky audiences at a recent Directors Guild of America membership screening in Los Angeles on August 18 were treated to a Q&a with movie masters Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, who sat down to discuss the making of Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” If you haven’t seen the film, beware the spoilers ahead in the 35-minute conversation.

The lively chat spanned an array of topics surrounding the making of Tarantino’s 1969 period piece set in Los Angeles during a period of immense cultural change — all with the black hole of the Manson family looming over Hollywood.

In the podcast embedded below, Anderson and Tarantino dive into everything from recreating the Spahn Ranch of the ’60s and the neon signs of Los Angeles at the time, to how Tarantino revised Hollywood history to put his own spin on the
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Listen: Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson Discuss ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

We’ll be hearing many conversations with Quentin Tarantino over the six months as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood segues from its theatrical run to awards season, but in terms of moderators, it won’t get better than what we have today. For a recent Directors Guild of America Q&a, Paul Thomas Anderson spoke with the director–continuing their conversation during The Hateful Eight’s release–as they discussed his 1969-set feature, revising the legacy of Sharon Tate, Brad Pitt’s idea for his own scars, pulling off the Spahn Ranch sequence, and much more.

Check out the best takeaways below, followed by the full talk.

Paul Thomas Anderson has seen the film 4.5 times–and adores it.

PTA: This is the most magnificent film. I have seen it four and half times now… one of the things I love about this movie is how much joy there is in it.
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Quentin Tarantino's Becoming a Dad! All About His Past Romances from Mira Sorvino to Margaret Cho

Quentin Tarantino's Becoming a Dad! All About His Past Romances from Mira Sorvino to Margaret Cho
Quentin Tarantino is entering the next stage of his life: fatherhood.

The acclaimed director, 56, is expecting his first child with wife Daniella, People confirmed on Thursday.

“Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are very delighted to announce that they are expecting a baby,” the couple said in an exclusive statement to People.

The writer-director met Daniella, who is the daughter of Israeli singer and songwriter Tzvika Pick, in 2009 while promoting his film Inglorious Basterds. The pair got engaged in June 2017, after dating for about a year. Tarantino and Daniella tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles on November 2018.

While
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‘The Paper Tigers’: Alain Uy, Jae Suh Park and More Set For Kung Fu Action Comedy

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‘The Paper Tigers’: Alain Uy, Jae Suh Park and More Set For Kung Fu Action Comedy
Exclusive: Tran Quoc Bao’s The Paper Tigers has set its cast with Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins toplining the kung fu action comedy and Jae Suh Park (Friends from College) and Raymond Ma (Always Be My Maybe) stepping into supporting roles. The film is currently in production in Seattle.

Bao’s feature debut features Yuan, Uy, and Jenkins playing former Kung Fu prodigies who are now washed-up middle-aged men, one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. When their master is murdered, they must escape their dead-end jobs and overcome old grudges to avenge his death. The feature is an homage to Seattle’s martial arts scene from the 1970s and 1980s as well as the legendary Bruce Lee — a name that has been making headlines due to Quentin Tarantino
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Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema Breaks Its Record With 50+ Sold-Out 'Hollywood' Showings

Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema Breaks Its Record With 50+ Sold-Out 'Hollywood' Showings
Since its opening on July 26, Quentin Tarantino fans have been flocking to New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The result: a record consecutive 55 sold-out screenings, the theater says. 

The iconic venue (at 7165 Beverly Blvd.) is touting several tie-ins to the Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt starrer, including the unique preshow presentation, classic concessions and themed walk-in music. It also helps that it's stocked with props from Tarantino's latest film, an ode to the Golden Age of the industry. 

Yet the outsized reception for ...
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Updated Oscar Predictions For August

As the summer wraps up, the fall film festival season will be launching next week, if you can believe it. With that, a new set of Academy Award predictions is definitely needed. By the time September hits, a number of movies with awards aspirations will have debuted, hoping to attract the early buzz. It’s truly an exciting time if you follow the Oscar race. Today, you’ll see a new number one in Best Picture. At least until the impending festival bows for a bunch of high profile titles. I’m experimenting with Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story as the big winner. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood still looms large, though it’s debatable how many categories it can contend to win in. Also among top tier contenders in Picture, we have Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, as well as Sam Mendes’ 1917. It’s shaping
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Movie Review – Pain and Glory (2019)

Pain and Glory, 2019.

Directed by Pedro Almodovar.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, César Vicente, Asier Flores, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano and Raúl Arévalo.

Synopsis:

An ageing filmmaker is haunted by some of the ghosts of his past as he prepares for a restored screening of one of his most memorable works.

With the movie world currently busy chatting away about Quentin Tarantino’s cinephiliac summer tentpole Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, there’s a chance that another movie about filmmaking could be lost in the shuffle. Of course, Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory isn’t really about the film business at all. It’s about an ageing man in a creative rut, who’s forced to reach into his past to find inspiration as his body and mind begin to fail around him.

That man is auteur director Salvador Mallo, played by Antonio Banderas
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UK box office preview: can ‘Angel Has Fallen’ challenge Tarantino?

UK box office preview: can ‘Angel Has Fallen’ challenge Tarantino?
Gerard Butler-starring threequel looks to displace Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, the action thriller starring Gerard Butler, rolls out wide in the UK this weekend to give Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood a run for its money.

The film is a sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and 2016’s London Has Fallen, both of which posted good numbers in the UK. Olympus opened with £2.2m in April 2013 and topped out with £6.2m, London surpassed its predecessor by opening with £3.2m and closing on £11m.

If the latest film follows that upwards trajectory,
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Tarantino's gruesome revenge fantasies are growing more puerile and misogynistic | Caspar Salmon

The director dials up the stomach-churning violence in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. If only he had something meaningful to say

Warning: this story contains spoilers

Compare and contrast two screen deaths. In Quentin Tarantino’s second film, Pulp Fiction in 1994, John Travolta’s Vincent Vega accidentally shoots Marvin, a minor character, in the face. The killing happens mid-sentence, in the blink of an eye; in the process Vince covers himself and his acolyte Jules in blood and guts. The scene is played for laughs and succeeds: the horror and suddenness of the event coax an appalled hilarity from viewers, exacerbated by the two hitmen’s reaction, which is to bicker about mundane practicalities.

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Manson family member Susan Atkins, who slaughtered Sharon Tate and two others with her accomplices in 1969, is killed in self-defence by Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and Rick Dalton
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China promises big boost for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ at international box office

China promises big boost for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ at international box office
The Universal franchise entry will be pursuing huge debut figures for its two predecessors.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is revving up for what Universal hopes will be a powerful start at the box office in China this weekend.

With an international gross currently standing at $319.2m, the franchise entry opens in China on Friday (August 23) and will easily lead the weekend’s international field. The only question is whether the ninth installment – which has so far taken a relatively modest $130.5m in North America - can match the impressive Chinese openings of its two predecessors.

The Fate Of The Furious
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