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Meg Ryan to be Honoured With 2018 Leopard Club Award at #Locarno71

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The witty character with that unique ability to combine beauty with irony. For years she has been the undisputed queen of romantic comedy but has also been able, over time, to take on other genres such as dramas and thrillers.

The fact that Meg Ryan occupies a central position in the popular collective imagination is demonstrated by the gallery of characters who have enlivened films and have become – in their field – cult films. Just think of the triptych of films that were born from Meg Ryan’s meeting with Nora Ephron, the screenwriter and director who has built three film career-cornerstones on her: When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998). These are films in which her talent was also enhanced by the ability to co-star in complete harmony with actors such as Billy Crystal or Tom Hanks.

All performances to which the Locarno Festival wishes to pay tribute through one of its most prestigious awards: The Leopard Club. So, following Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Andy Garcia, Stefania Sandrelli and Adrien Brody, this year Piazza Grande will be completely hers, for the award ceremony on Friday, August 3.

Her presence will be accompanied by a double screening of films during the Festival. And if, with In the Cut, a side of Meg Ryan will be shown that, under the direction of Jane Campion, is capable of trying her hand at an erotic thriller, instead with the comedy Sleepless in Seattle (1993) there will be a completely natural connection with the Retrospettiva dedicated to Leo McCarey: Nora Ephron’s film, in fact, is a homage-re-reading of a masterpiece such as Love Affair (1994) by the great American filmmaker. A live dialogue between the present and the past for a much-loved female icon, one whose destiny seemed to have already been marked by her debut film: Rich and Famous (1981), the last film by a “ladies’ director” like George Cukor, coincidentally, another classic filmmaker to whom Locarno dedicated a retrospective in 2013.

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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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