Damon has most recently been seen as on the 44th season of "SNL" as Brett Kavanaugh in political sketches commenting on the hearings from earlier this fall. The Oscar winner is currently executive producing the upcoming Showtime series "City on a Hill." He will be joined by Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, who will premiere their latest song from Ronson's album on the show.” /> 15. He hosted the show back in 2002 and will see his return in that role on Dec.
"Saturday Night Live" has set its hosts for the final three episodes of 2018: Claire Foy, Jason Momoa and Matt Damon.
Momoa, who will host on Dec. Previously, he starred on television series including "Game of Thrones," "The Red Road" and "Frontier." Mumford & Sons will return for their third appearance as musical guest during Momoa's episode. 8, is currently best known as Aquaman from "Justice League" and his upcoming standalone film.
For the last two years, she also starred on Netflix's royal family period drama, "The Crown," for which she won a lead actress Emmy in September. 1, the first episode back for the NBC late night sketch series after a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, stars in "First Man" as astronaut wife, Janet Armstrong. Foy, who will host on Dec. She will be joined by musical guest Anderson .Paak, who is making his "SNL" debut in the episode.

It opened this weekend in Korea with $3.5 million, followed by Brazil with $700,000 and the United Arab Emirates with $500,000.” /> While Universal's "First Man," starring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong and directed by Damien Chazelle, has struggled to find its footing in North America, the space epic generated another $13.4 million from 47 international markets. "First Man" has earned $55 million globally, including $25.5 million overseas.
Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as avenging babysitter Laurie Strode, who is now a grandmother. and Ireland, the thriller pocketed $3.6 million from 530 locations, while it collected $1.7 million in Russia. In the U.K. "Halloween" saw the biggest opening in Mexico, where it made $4.9 million from 845 locations. David Gordon Green's take, a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, picked up $14.3 million when it launched in 23 international territories, along with $77.5 million in North American for a global start of $91.8 million. Though Universal's "Halloween" topped the domestic box office, the R-rated slasher landed in third place overseas.
At the foreign box office, "Smallfoot" had the best launches in China ($3.9 million) and France ($1.85 million). In North America, the animated family film has amassed $66 million. Warner Bros.' "Smallfoot" scored $14 million in 71 territories this weekend, which brings its overseas total to $70.8 million.
"Venom" remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row.
1 spot abroad with $32 million from 65 markets, taking its international total to $290.7 million. Sony's "Venom" secured the No. It earned $18.1 million in North America for a worldwide total of $460.2 million.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' "A Star Is Born" continues to do monster business of its own. The acclaimed musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga generated an impressive $22.8 million from 75 overseas markets, bringing its tally to $74.7 million overseas and $201 million globally. Top holdovers include the United Kingdom ($3.9 million on 846 screens), Italy ($1.5 million on 614 screens), and France ($1.5 million on 353 screens). "A Star Is Born" opened in Australia with $4.7 million in 536 venues, as well as Hong Kong with $629,000 in 58 locations. 21. It debuts next in Japan on Dec.

“Halloween” is also opening in 21 international territories this weekend. Universal had been cautiously forecasting a $50 million bow, while some analysts had projected a $70 million launch. Friday's mid-day estimates for "Halloween" — some of which were above $75 million — came in over the top end of this week's expectations.
Lady Gaga's "A Star Is Born" has gone past $104 million in its first 13 days. After winning the past two weekends and banking more than $150 million, "Venom" is battling for second place with Warner Bros.' "A Star Is Born," with both coming in around $19 million.
Jamie Lee Curtis' “Halloween” is looking to slice up an opening weekend of as high as $75 million at 3,928 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for “Halloween.” David Gordon Green directs from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley.
Anticipation is high among moviegoers for "Halloween," with Curtis returning as Laurie Strode facing off against serial killer Michael Myers. Thursday night previews showed plenty of power with $7.7 million. Universal's R-rated slasher film is on its way to posting the second-highest October launch of all time, bested only by the $80 million opening of Tom Hardy's "Venom" on Oct. 5-7.
The new "Halloween" is the 11th installment in the franchise, five of which have starred Curtis, and a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original 1978 movie in which Curtis' teenage babysitter character survived multiple attacks by the deranged Myers. It was the feature film debut for Curtis — daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh — and a box office smash with $70 million worldwide on a $300,000 budget.
The overall weekend should easily outpace the same 2017 frame, which generated a mild $97.9 million, according to comScore. 17 for an impressive 9.6% increase over last year.” /> Year-to-date domestic box office reached $9.36 billion on Oct.
The new movie finds Myers, portrayed again by Nick Castle, escaping custody and heading for Haddonfield, Il., for a final showdown with Strode on Halloween night. "Halloween" is produced by Trancas International Films, Blumhouse, and Miramax, and has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet with a 79% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Halloween” will obliterate the franchise record opening of $26 million set by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. Given its $10 million production budget, the sequel is on track to be hugely profitable. It will also post the second-highest start for an R-rated horror film since “It” and its $123 million launch.
Universal's second weekend of space epic “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling, is in a three-way fight for fourth place with Sony's sophomore session of "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" and Fox's expanded run of drama “The Hate U Give” to 2,303 locations. Friday's estimates showed "The Hate U Give," starring Amandla Stenberg, and "Goosebumps 2" in the $9 million to $10 million range, followed by "First Man" at about $8.5 million.

“The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life,” Zita Erffa
They go up against Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo,” which scored a 2018 Berlinale Silver Bear for best screenplay and critical acclaim across the festival circuit. YouTube Premium recently picked it up to lead its budding selection of Spanish-language titles.
For the first time, the festival will be presenting a medal for artistic excellence to Alfonso Cuaron, whose recent Venice Golden Lion-winner “Roma,” Mexico’s submission to the Oscars and Spain’s Goyas, will screen at the festival.
“Valentón,” Luis Armando Sosa Gil
Mexican premieres at Morelia include Manolo Caro’s “Perfectos Desconocidos”; “Sonora” by Alejandro Springall; “Rencor Tatuado” by Julián Hernández; “Chivas” by Iván López; and “Mi pequeño gran hombre” by Jorge Ramírez Suárez.
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International premieres include “Colette” by Wash Westmoreland; “En Guerre” by Stéphane Brizé; “Climax” by Gaspar Noé; “The Happy Prince” by Rupert Everett; “The Old Man & the Gun” by David Lowery; “Todos Los Saben” by Asghar Farhadi; “Beautiful Boy” by Felix Van Groeningen; “The Eyes of Orson Welles” by Mark Cousins; "The Front Runner” by Jason Reitman; and “The Wild Pear Tree” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
The nearby lakeside town of Patzcuaro, where the festival screens some films at the restored “Teatro Emperador Caltzontzin,” is often described as one of the leading venues to witness Mexico’s most significant annual holiday. The Morelia International Film Festival wraps on Oct. 28, just a few days before the Day of the Dead is observed across the country.
Lloyd Bacon), starring Dolores del Río. “In Caliente” (1935, dir.
“La camarista,” Lila Avilés
“Leona,” Isaac Cherem
“Mexican Spitfire” (1940, dir. Leslie Goodwins), starring Lupe Vélez.
20 with his latest film, “First Man.” Academy Award-winner Damien Chazelle is coming to Morelia to kick off Mexico’s 16th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) on Oct.
Edward Dmytryk), starring Katy Jurado. “Broken Lance” (1954, dir.
“Lejos del sentido,” Olivia Luengas Magaña
In line with more than 100 festivals that have pledged a 50/50 gender parity in their lineup, films by women take up around half of Morelia’s official competition in fiction and non-fiction.
“Notas para no olvidar,” Hatuey Viveros
Marta Hernaiz’s drama, “La Chaotic Life of Nada Kadic,” which won the 2016 Impulso Morelia prize at Morelia’s Works in Progress program, is also competing for the big prize. The Mexican-Bosnian co-production, which premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Fest in February, tracks a young, single mom and her autistic toddler in Sarajevo.
Pawel Pawlikowski returns to Morelia to present his latest work, “Cold War.” Other notable guests presenting their films include Paul Weitz, who presents “Bel Canto"; Fran Healy with her documentary “Almost Fashionable: A Film About Travis”; Dan Millar, who brings his documentary “Botero"; and Almudena Carracedo, who presents her acclaimed documentary “The Silence of Others.”
“A morir a los desiertos,” Marta Ferrer Carné
Among the six women directors in the Mexican feature film competition are Lila Aviles and Alejandra Marquez, whose films “The Chambermaid” (“La Camarista”) and “The Good Girls” (“Las Niñas Bien),” respectively, screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
“Una corriente salvaje,” Nuria Ibáñez Castañeda
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“Luciérnagas,” Bani Khoshnoudi
“Asfixia,” Kenya Márquez
“Las niñas bien,” Alejandra Márquez
“Despertar volando” ("Kárapani Tsínharhini"), Magda Cacari
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“Tierra mía,” Pedro González-Rubio
“Antes del olvido,” Iria Gómez Concheiro
“Donde reside la esperanza,” Adrián González Camargo
Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, “First Man” is Chazelle’s follow-up to his 2018 multi-Oscar-winning “La La Land,” which also starred Gosling and snagged his co-star Emma Stone a best actress Academy Award. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon. Hailed by Variety critic Owen Gleiberman as a film "so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hellbent danger and obsession," “First Man” focuses on the personal and physical struggles faced by U.S.
“La caótica vida de Nada Kadic,” Marta Hernaiz
Among the documentaries by female directors, subject matters range from Melissa Elizondo’s portrait of a rural teacher in “The Sower” (“El Sembrador”) to Zita Erffa’s attempt to understand a brother’s reasons for entering a Legion of Christ monastery in “The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life” to Kenya Márquez's exploration of discrimination in “Asfixia,” where she follows an albino woman who seeks to reintegrate into society after leaving prison.
“We’re All Here,” Lucy Luna” />
“El sembrador,” Melissa Elizondo
“M,” Eva Villaseñor
“Ana,” Dante Cerano
“Xquipi’ Guie’dani,” Xavi Sala
“Noticias de Plutón,” Diego Flores Contreras
“K’uaníndikua,” Mariano Rentería Garnica
The drama explores the lives of upper-class Mexican wives during the 1982 economic crisis and what happens to one of these women when her wealth and social position are jeopardized. A follow-up to her well-received “Semana Santa,” “The Good Girls,” is Marquez’s sophomore feature, a Luxbox pickup.
“Vatreni,” Edson Ramírez
“Somos patriotas,” Bernardo Rugama y Fernando Llanos
“Ya me voy,” Armando Croda, Lindsey Cordero
“Bayoneta,” Kyzza Terrazas
“Tiempo en el bosque,” Juan Paulín
The films are comprised of the following:
In collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the U.S., Morelia’s 16th edition will also present a special program honoring three Mexican actresses who left their mark on Hollywood: Dolores del Río (1904-1982), Lupe Vélez (1909-1944), and Katy Jurado (1924-2002). John Bailey, president of the Academy, will present the program at the festival.
“Museo,” Alonso Ruizpalacios
Alpha Violet handles international sales. It also made the cut for San Sebastian’s New Directors competition. “The Chambermaid” is Aviles’ debut fiction feature about a hard-working chambermaid and her struggle to get ahead in a luxury hotel.
“Freaktown,” Diana Cruz González
“Érase una vez,” Juan Carlos Rulfo
“El amor dura tres meses,” Rafael Martínez García
“Bombay,” Luis Arceo
Cannes Golden Palm-winner “Shoplifters” by Hirokazu Kore-eda will also screen.
Nearly 60 short films in three categories — animation, documentary, and fiction — will be in competition at the festival, which has long served as a prestigious showcase for Mexican cinema and its burgeoning talent.

To counter potential digital era drawbacks Venice this year placed an embargo on posting reviews until a film’s public screening takes place. Variety critic Owen Gleiberman called it a “turbulently spectacular and enthralling drama,” confirming awards buzz generated by the pic in April when Universal showed footage at CinemaCon. But given the all-around response to “First Man” earlier verdicts would not have posed a problem.
As part of the Redgrave tribute Venice is also hosting a special screening of her latest film, Venice-set "The Aspern Papers," a first feature by French director Julien Landais adapted from the novella by Henry James.
Redgrave was accompanied by Italian actor Franco Nero, her second husband, whom she met when they played Lancelot and Guinevere in the film musical “Camelot,” a clip of which appeared in her moving career summary showreel.
During the opening ceremony, before the “First Man” gala screening, Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta greeted Chazelle with a warm “Welcome back!.” “First Man,” which is in competition, marks the second opening-night Venice bow for the 33-year-old director after his “La La Land,” which kicked off the festival in 2016 before sailing into the awards season and earning him an Oscar for best director.
The fest runs through Sept. 8.” />
The highlight of the fest’s customary bare bones opening ceremony was Vanessa Redgrave cheered with a standing ovation when she received a lifetime achievement Golden Lion. Speaking in Italian, Redgrave praised the festival as “really being about the art of cinema” and said that one of the things she loves about Venice are American author Donna Leon’s Venice-set murder mysteries.
The glowing critical response went out around the world just as Gosling and co-star Claire Foy were sending fans and paparazzi into a frenzy on the red carpet.
The Venice Film Festival had a successful blast-off Wednesday with Damien Chazelle’s space epic “First Man” — starring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong dazzling its first viewers and scoring rave reviews.
"First Man" will be followed by a rapid succession of hotly anticipated titles in the next few days, including Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical “Roma,” shot in black and white; Yorgos Lanthimos’ offbeat costumer, “The Favourite”; Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born,” starring himself and Lady Gaga making her big-screen debut; and Jacques Audiard’s Oregon-set Western, “The Sisters Brothers,” in which Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play two notorious assassins.
Jury president Guillermo Del Toro at the end of the closing ceremony praised this year's selection as "incredibly rich and powerful," noting that the nine-member jury has a difficult task. But he gave directors of the 21 pics competing for the Golden Lion his "personal guarantee” about “the seriousness with which we will conduct the business of analyzing, discussing and fighting for these movies.”