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‘Logan’ To Premiere At Berlin Film Festival

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The Berlin Film Festival has set Logan, Hugh Jackman’s potential final outing as Wolverine, in a world premiere berth next month. Directed by James Mangold, the 20th Century Fox film is slated for a March 3 release domestically. This is one of the splashier titles set for Berlin thus far and is a highly-anticipated, likely 15/18 rated, gritty pic for Fox.

Logan is running out of competition in Berlin which also added 12 other titles today. They include Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting, the sequel to the cult favorite that reunites Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner. It is likewise out of competition, as is Bend It Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, also in a world premiere.

Films that will compete now include the latest from Korea’s Hong Sangsoo, On The Beach Alone At Night; Alex de la Iglesia’s El Bar; and Volker Schlöndorff’s Return To Montauk. The full list of today’s additions is below. The festival runs February 9-19 and Movie Marker will be covering the event live from Berlin!

COMPETITION
Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On The Beach At Night Alone)
South Korea
By Hong Sangsoo
World premiere

El Bar (The Bar)
Spain
By Álex de la Iglesia
World premiere – Out of competition

Helle Nächte (Bright Nights)
Germany/Norway
By Thomas Arslan
World premiere

Joaquim
Brazil/Portugal
By Marcelo Gomes

Logan
U.S.
By James Mangold
World premiere – Out of competition

Mr. Long
Japan/Germany/Hong Kong, China/Taiwan
By Sabu

Return To Montauk
Germany/France/Ireland
By Volker Schlöndorff
World premiere

T2 Trainspotting
UK
By Danny Boyle
International premiere – Out of competition.

Viceroy’s House
India/UK
By Gurinder Chadha
World premiere – Out of competition

Wilde Maus (Wild Mouse)
Austria
By Josef Hader
World premiere – First Feature

Berlinale Special Gala
Es War Einmal In Deutschland… (Bye Bye Germany)
Germany/Luxemburg/Belgium
By Sam Garbarski

In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts (In Times of Fading Light)
Germany
By Matti Geschonneck
In collaboration with Wolfgang Kohlhaase
World premiere

Masaryk (A Prominent Patient)
Czech Republic/Slovakia
By Julius Sevcík
World premiere

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The Nun Tracking For Impressive $32M+ Opening Weekend

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Warner Bros.’ might have an early Halloween treat on their hands, with their Conjuring-adjacent fright-flick The Nun on track to earn $32 million domestically in its opening weekend, with some outlets even predicting as high as $37 million.

For a low-budget, concept-driven horror, those are good numbers, and will comfortably turn the studio a profit. The Nun, a spinoff from The Conjuring 2, will be set in 1950s Romania and follow a Catholic priest and a novitiate as they investigate the apparent suicide of a nun. Collectively, the Conjuring shared universe has currently generated WB over $1 billion.

Though a $32M-$37M opening would indeed set off some smiles in the studio boardroom, it’s unlikely that The Nun will match the numbers of the same weekend last year, which saw director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King classic It smash box office records and generate $123 million in its opening weekend.

The Nun stars Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Jonny Coyne, Charlotte Hope, Demian Bichir, and Jonas Bloquet. It has been directed by Corin Hardy, and is due for release in UK cinemas on the 7th of September, rated 15.

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The Meg Nets Over $200M Worldwide, Now 3rd-Highest Grossing Shark Film Of All Time

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After just one week at the global box office, Jason Statham-vehicle The Meg has chomped $213.4 million for itself on an estimated budget of $150 million.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), Warner Bros.’ The Meg follows a team of scientists working together to take down a 70-foot prehistoric shark known as the Carcharodon Megalodon – or, The Meg. The picture has now become the third-highest grossing shark film of all time, unadjusted for inflation, behind 2004’s animated family comedy Shark Tale ($367.3M) and Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws ($470.7M).

Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose and Winston Chao all co-star with Statham in the project, which currently has a 4.6 score on Metacritic, and a 6.2 User Review score on IMDb. Warner Bros. are reportedly thrilled at the flick’s overperformance, especially in China where Bingbing is a household name – yet another modern example of Hollywood prioritising the emerging mega-market of the Middle Kingdom and it paying off in droves.

The Meg is in UK cinemas now, rated 12A.

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‘Millie Bobby Brown Voicing A VR Experience For Darren Aronofsky’ Is The Most 2018 Headline You’ll Read Today

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Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown has signed on to narrate the second ‘episode’ in a three-part virtual reality experience entitled Spheres, from creative auteur Darren Aronofsky.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) lent her voice to the first episode, which was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. The third episode premiered before the second, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was narrated by Patti Smith (Song to Song). Aronofsky has produced the series, which is described as a ‘virtual journey’ – because of course it is – and is based on the famous ‘Pale Blue Dot‘ image of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990. All three episodes were directed by up-and-comer Eliza McNitt (Fistful of Stars).

The series will be shown off for the first time in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the event’s virtual reality section, from the 29th of August until the 8th of September. Spheres will be released to the public on the Oculus VR system following the culmination of the VFF.

Millie Bobby Brown can next be seen in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due on the 31st May next year.

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