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Film News Roundup: ‘Black Panther’ Hits $100 Million at Chinese Box Office

Film News Roundup: ‘Black Panther’ Hits $100 Million at Chinese Box Office
In today’s film news roundup, “Black Panther” hits another milestone, “7 Splinters in Time” gets a deal and Bob Saget’s “Benjamin” will open the Beverly Hills Film Festival.

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Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” has crossed the $100 million milestone in China after two weeks of release.

The studio reported Friday that it has reached $614.2 million in domestic grosses and $593 million internationally. China is the top overseas market, followed by the U.K. with $60.6 million, South Korea with $47.2 million and Brazil with $33.5 million.

Black Panther” is now the 14th biggest worldwide grosser with $1.21 billion and trails “Iron Man 3” by $7 million for the 13th spot. It’s expected to gross about $16 million in North America in its sixth weekend of release and finish second to “Pacific Rim Uprising” after leading the box office for five straight sessions.

Of the 14 films that have topped $1.2 billion in worldwide grosses,
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Chicago Fire's DuShon Monique Brown Dead at the Age of 49

Sad news for Chicago Fire fans: DuShon Monique Brown, who plays Chief Boden’s no-nonsense assistant Connie on the long-running NBC drama, has died at the age of 49.

Brown passed away on Friday at Chicago’s St. James Olympia Field Hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune. The cause of death is still unknown.

She joined the Chicago Fire cast on a recurring basis during the show’s freshman season in 2012, going on to play the memorably gruff Connie in a total of 54 episodes — including this week’s two-part event. Brown was also a longtime Chicago theater actor who once led
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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×10: Kill All Others’ Review

This week’s episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams appears to have come at a perfect time. With the shady practices of prying into our privacy to understand us, even if we agree to it or not, the Governments of the world have shown the ability to shape how we think. In an extreme version of this practice, Kill All Others looks at what happens to the people who don’t buy into the message of conformity.

When Philbert Noyce (Mel Rodriguez) watches The Candidate (Vera Farmiga) talk on television on why she is the only one to run the country he is shocked to see and hear the message “Kill All Others”. Seemingly the only person to see it, it is not long before he begins to notice something is not right about the world around him.

Philbert is an outsider, he hasn’t bought into the
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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×09: Safe & Sound’ Review

Terrorism, whether it be a threat or whether it be real is a tool to create both fear and paranoia. Put into a show like Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and you end up with an episode like Safe and Sound where the insidious nature of technology is shown as a very real and relatable threat.

When a small-town girl Foster Lee (Annalise Basso) moves to the big city with her mother (Maura Tierney) she soon finds herself lost in a whole new world of technology. Already gripped by social anxiety this is made even worse by societies emphasis on security and terror prevention, but a surprising helping hand helps her make sense of the chaos.

Safe and Sound is relatable, because we already live in a society that lives in constant threat. Governments have the duty to protect us, but they also know how to use these threats
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Emmys 2018: Will streaming shows take over Best Limited Series like they have for dramas and TV movies?

2017 was a historic year at the Emmys thanks to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which won Best Drama Series, and Netflix’s “Black Mirror: San Junipero,” which won Best TV Movie. Those were the first streaming shows ever to win those awards, and now streaming services are looking to expand their territory even further by launching an invasion into the Best Limited Series race.

According to the early predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, the strongest streaming contender for Best Limited Series appears to be “Godless,” which ranks third with 7/2 odds. The seven-episode Western starring Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell and Michelle Dockery premiered last November, and it got off to a strong start in the awards season with a nomination for Daniels at the SAG Awards and bids for Daniels, O’Connell and Best Limited Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Oscar nominated creator Scott Frank (“Out of Sight,
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CBS’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot Adds Mark Webber, Alana Arenas, Shea Whigham

CBS’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot Adds Mark Webber, Alana Arenas, Shea Whigham
The “L.A. Confidential” pilot at CBS has cast three actors in lead roles, Variety has learned.

Mark Webber will play Det. Bud White, who is described as a noble savage in a suit. Never one to hesitate to use brute force, White is particularly vicious with criminals who abuse women. In the 1997 film version of “L.A. Confidential,” White was played by Russell Crowe. Webber recently appeared in the Showtime series “SMILF” as Father Eddie. He is known for his roles in films like “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “Green Room.” He is repped by Inphenate and Schreck, Rose,
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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×08: Autofac’ Review

One of the things that makes Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams stand out as a show is that it raises questions about today’s society. Autofac looks at our reliance on the production line, churning out everything the consumer ever needs. Most importantly it is also about the fears we have of the automation of the consumerism process.

In a world where society and the world has collapsed changing lives forever, many goods once loved are now useless. With a massive automated factory known as Autofac still churning out goods for its consumers though, a group of survivors look to stop the flow. This puts then in direct conflict with Autofac’s main programming though, to keep the flow of consumer goods flowing. When an automated system keeps the product line flowing, who tells it to stop? That is one of the questions raised in Autofac. The answer of
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Horror Highlights: New Splathouse Episode, Chris Alexander’s They Drink Your Blood, Manos Returns, 2018 Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Fest Award Winners, Speak Of The Devil Vr Experience, Smiley’S

The folks at the Splathouse podcast discuss The Suckling (1990), and it’s the headliner for today’s Horror Highlights. Also: album artwork and a track preview for Chris Alexander's They Drink Your Blood, Manos Returns world premiere details, the winners of the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Festival 2018 awards, Speak of the Devil virtual experience information, and details on the La screening premiere of Smiley’s.

New Splathouse Episode Details: From Splathouse: "Sarah and Mike fu**ed up and made a mistake in the recording of this episode of The Splathouse...recording devices ran for about 40 mins during the pre-show meeting and ate up batteries and disc space...but rather than abort the project, Mike and Sarah made the most of it.

Welcome to a "fly on the brothel wall" episode of The Splathouse!

All the card-carrying Splat gang members return:

- John shows up with a ranty rant
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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×07: The Father Thing’ Review

Being a child sucks, especially during puberty. To face the possible divorce of your parents too is something that just makes matters worse, but what if on top of that aliens are replacing people, including your father? That is the subject of this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

When Charlie Cotrell (Jack Gore) witnesses his father (Greg Kinnear) being taken over by an alien, he decides to protect his mother and the world from the alien invasion. With more and more of the people around him becoming aliens too though, how long before they take over him too?

On face level The Father Thing is a version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but based in a kid’s world. People who are fans of the Faculty will feel right at home with this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, sometimes a little too much.
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Sega's Space Harrier: image of unreleased version emerges

Ryan Lambie Mar 2, 2018

It was a classic of the 80s, but Space Harrier was originally somewhat different, as a newly-released image shows...

If you frequented an arcade at some point in the 80s, you may have stumbled on one of Sega's Space Harrier machines. It was big, it was loud, and one of those games you had to try, even if it was just once: you played a floating, gun-wielding hero who zipped through a surreal landscape, shooting aliens, dragons, robots and one-eyed mammoths.

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One of Sega's earlier "body sensation" games, it was designed by the legendary Yu Suzuki, who would soon go on to use the same psuedo-3D engine to create other classics like OutRun and After Burner.
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Gotham season 4 episode 12 review: Pieces Of A Broken Mirror

Kayti Burt Mar 2, 2018

Gotham has never felt more interconnected than in the midseason premiere. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.12 Pieces Of A Broken Mirror

Damn, the Gotham midseason return is good. Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but this city has never felt more lived in or interconnected. When the Toymaker unleashes a bomb on a Narrows meeting run by Lee and Ed, Jim, Alfred, and Ivy are close enough to hear and see the blast. When Alfred gets in a barfight with some murderous goons, Harvey happens to work there. When a bunch of punk kids are making trouble at the Sirens bar, of course it's Bruce and his minions,
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Sony to focus more on first-party videogames

Matthew Byrd Mar 2, 2018

There'll be more first-party games from Sony in the future, as the firm undergoes a bit of corporate restructuring...

Sony Interactive Entertainment is undergoing some corporate restructuring designed to emphasise and foster the development of more first-party video games.

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During a recent press conference, the studio outlined what changes they are making and how they will affect the direction of the company moving forward. Starting on April 1st, the chairman of Worldwide Studios and president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shawn Layden, will shift more of his focus towards Worldwide Studios in order to help them continue to "provide platform-defining content that helps drive the growth of Sie." In other words, it sounds like he's
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Battlefield 5 will reportedly be set in World War II

Matthew Byrd Mar 2, 2018

A new report indicates that Battlefield 5 is returning the series to its World War II roots...

GamesBeat is reporting that the next Battlefield game is called Battlefield V and that it take place during World War II.

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Citing sources familiar with the project, the report claims that the next Battlefield game has previously internally been referred to as Battlefield 2 due to it being a direct follow-up to the World War I era title, Battlefield 1. However, a supposed leaked screenshot from the game's title menu - which has made its way to Reddit - along with the information from these unnamed sources seems to indicate that the current developer build of the game is being referred to as Battlefield V.
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding TV Movie

Last Year’s Winner: “Black Mirror: San Junipero”

Still Eligible: Yes. (The series, not the episode/movie.)

Hot Streak: HBO has won more times in this category than all the other networks combined. The premium network has 19 total Emmys. In second place, CBS and NBC are tied — with six wins each.

Fun Fact: There have been four ties in the TV Movie category, but none since 1993.

Another year, another limited selection of TV Movies. After 2017 saw a Dolly Parton special nominated and an episode of “Black Mirror” win, 2018 is looking to be just as eclectic. Not only is Netflix’s anthology series back with another power player — the buzzed-about Season 4 starter, “U.S.S. Callister” — but Amazon’s original series, a mirror image of Netflix’s offering, is coming to play, too.

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” earned a bit of chatter for two episodes: “Kill All Others,” written and directed by Dee Rees,
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Dee Rees’ First Post-‘Mudbound’ Project Is a Sci-Fi Short That Reunites Her With Mary J. Blige and Rachel Morrison

Dee Rees’ First Post-‘Mudbound’ Project Is a Sci-Fi Short That Reunites Her With Mary J. Blige and Rachel Morrison
First-time Academy Award nominee Dee Rees isn’t resting on her laurels. On Oscar Sunday, the “Mudbound” filmmaker will not only be readying for the announcement of four award categories in which her Netflix period drama is nominated, she’ll also be finishing up her latest project — a sci-fi short film entitled “The Box” that will premiere as a commercial during the show. The minute-long short will air during the Oscars telecast as part an ongoing partnership between Walmart and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The program launched last year, and while Walmart was lambasted for using its platform designed to bolster “Hollywood’s brightest creators” with shorts only directed by male directors (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Antoine Fuqua, and Marc Forster), this year sees a trio of shorts only directed by women: Rees, Nancy Meyers, and Melissa McCarthy.

It also has a philanthropic bent, as
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Canon Of Film: ‘Dark City’ (Directors Cut)

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look at the director’s cut of Alex Proyas’ underated gothic noir, ‘Dark City‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Dark City: Director’S Cut (1998)

Director: Alex Proyas

Screenwriter: Alex Proyas and Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer

At some point, it went from cool to cliche to say that you were a fan of ‘Dark City‘. I think it’s well-respected and well-known enough now, but at one point in time, even people who thought they really knew sci-fi and all the famous archetypal elements and the films that created them like Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis‘ or Kubrick’s, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ or Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner‘, a lot of those fans didn’t catch on to Alex Proyas’s ‘Dark City‘ ’til way later. It was practically ignored by the general
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams episode 7 review: The Father Thing

Louisa Mellor Feb 26, 2018

Electric Dreams returns with a familiar story revised for the modern, therapy age. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers for The Father Thing and previous episode, Human Is.

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Leaving an almost four-month gap between Electric Dreams’ previous episode and this story was an unwittingly judicious move by Channel 4. Not only would it have felt clumsy to show two alien-possession stories back-to-back, the relative complexity of the first—in which the alien invader turns out to be preferable to the human it imitates—would have emphasised a lack of the same in the second. With a good chunk of air between them, it’s easier to view The Father Thing on its own merits.

Easier, but not easy, because The Father Thing tells a story so familiar
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Geeks Vs Loneliness: reasons to keep going

Charlotte Harrison Feb 22, 2018

A few words about being in the grip of a very, very bad day...

Less than six hours ago, I wanted it all to end. I just wanted to escape. Everything felt too much, all too-consuming and draining. There didn’t seem a point to anything, nothing at all. Time kept ticking by but the feeling wasn’t easing. It was unrelenting and I was firmly in its grasp. I had to take the day off work due to being ill with the flu but couldn’t enjoy having a day off; instead I was swamped with guilt. I knew I wasn’t well enough to go in, yet berated myself for this ‘weakness’. I knew I wasn’t well enough to mark the 30 essays sitting on the other side of my room, yet taunted myself with my ineptitude.

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Designated Survivor: where next for season 2?

Jamie Andrew Feb 23, 2018

Is Designated Survivor fast becoming another Prison Break or Homeland? Where might season 2 go to change course? Spoilers...

Contains spoilers for the first half of Designated Survivor season 2

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The fiery, percussive destruction of the Us Capitol Building in the opening minutes of Designated Survivor's first episode – as seen from the perspective of Kiefer Sutherland's unlikely President-to-be Tom Kirkman - is one of the boldest and most arresting TV mission statements to be stamped on the small screen in recent years. The magnitude of that sequence is amplified by the real-world echoes of 9/11, and by the double-horror of imagining ourselves in the shoes of Hud secretary Tom Kirkman, who in the space of three
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A spirited defence of Geostorm

Simon Brew Feb 23, 2018

Geostorm was slammed by critics, and struggled at the box office. But one man wants to fight its corner. Again.

Geostorm, then. We’re back here. A film that finally popped up in cinemas last year, after a gestation period that could best be described as on the difficult side. The brainchild of writers Paul Guyot and Independence Day producer and writer Dean Devlin, it was quickly sneered at, dismissed, and filed as fodder to do stories along the lines of ‘Warner Bros will lose $xm on Geostorm hur hur’.

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But you know what? I really liked the film then. And I really like it now. And I wanted to have a bit of a chat about it.
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