"To everyone in NYC that is missing 'The Farewell' screenings cuz of the power outage, I’m sorry!!!," she wrote on Twitter. "Come over to my house and I’ll screen it. You bring the food, I’ll bring the movie."
"Avengers: Endgame" has broken just about every box office record this year, but there's at least one film that has managed to surpass a benchmark set by the superhero blockbuster: A24's "The Farewell" now holds the best per-screen-average of 2019.
In his review for Variety, chief film critic Peter Debruge praised the movie, writing, "what makes 'The Farewell' so effective is that in delving into such a specific case, the film invites audiences to reflect on the passing of relatives close to them.
The comedic drama, directed by Lulu Wang and starring Awkwafina," generated $351,330 when it opened in four venues: AMC Lincoln Square and the Angelika in New York and ArcLight Cinemas and The Landmark in Los Angeles. Despite a power outage in New York City Saturday night that caused AMC Lincoln Square to temporarily close, "The Farewell" averaged a huge $87,833 from each location.
Upon learning about the New York City blackout, Wang jokingly offered to host a watch party at her place.
In "The Farewell," Awkwafina's character travels to China to say goodbye to her family's dying matriarch. However, the grandmother doesn't know she has terminal cancer. The movie generated rave reviews after its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival and holds perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Prior to "The Farewell," the biggest screen average of 2019 belonged to "Avengers: Endgame" with $76,601 per location. However, the Disney-Marvel blockbuster got its start in slightly more venues, kicking off in a record 4,662 North American theaters.
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Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.
“The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the sequels “The Toxic Avenger Part II,” “The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie,” and “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.” The property also became a stage musical production, a children’s cartoon TV series, and a Marvel comic.
Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary's reboot of the cult classic "The Toxic Avenger," sources tell Variety.
Blair, who spent the first half the decade in front of the camera in films like "Blue Ruin" and "Green Room," recently moved behind the lens starting with his directorial debut, " I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore." It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize following rave reviews. He also starred and co-wrote "Small Crimes" and wrote Jeremy Saulnier's "Hold the Dark."

Rooftop Films and Edgeworx Post-Production Grant
Scott Cummings, Realm of Satan
"This year’s grantees are among the most promising in all our years of championing independent cinema, and we can’t wait to see how their creations turn out." "One of the great pleasures of working at Rooftop Films is that we have the opportunity to not only witness the growth of tenacious artists, but to support their visionary works as well," said Dan Nuxoll, Rooftop Films' artistic director.
Rooftop Films and Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant For Women
Kuwahata and Porter received an Oscar nomination last year for their short film, "Negative Space." Their new feature-length animated film, "Dandelion Seed," will tell the story of a Japanese foreign exchange student smitten with Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, only to have his innocence tested when allegations against the singer emerge.
Rooftop Films and NYCEDC Production Office Grant
They provide cash grants to artists, rent equipment at affordable costs and organize film screenings. Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization founded to showcase and fund the work of rising filmmakers and musicians in New York City.
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Emily MacKenzie & Noah Collier, The Sixth Wall
Sarina Nihei, Polka-dotted Boy
Cassidy, Turquoise Melanie Shatzky & Brian M.
Previous Rooftop Filmmaker Fund grantees had movies premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, including Penny Lane’s “Hail Satan?,” Petra Costa’s “The Edge of Democracy” and Michael Tyburski’s “The Sound of Silence.”
Swedish documentary filmmaker Anastasia Kirillova and "Negative Space" co-directors Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter are among the filmmakers who will receive grants from Rooftop Films to help complete their upcoming projects.
Bronwyn Maloney, Re: Shannon
"In the Shadows of Love," Kirilova's first feature-length film, follows an unorthodox female detective in a story about heartache and romance.
Rooftop Films and Red Hook Post Sound Mix Grant
Rooftop Films and Eastern Effects Equipment Grant
Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck, Awake Brain Surgery (working title)
Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter, Dandelion Seed
Below is a complete list of grant recipients: 
Rooftop Films and Kayla Thomas Filmmaker Grant
Anastasia Kirillova, In the Shadows of Love
Zoe Logan & Joe Kowalski, Armor
Alex Mallis, Flatbush! Flatbush!
Rooftop Films and Brigade Festival Publicity Grant
Rooftop Films Water Tower Feature Film Grant
Yvonne Shirley, Unconscious Inheritance (working title)
Rooftop Films and Technological Cinevideo Services Camera Grant
Bryan Wizemann, You Mean Everything to Me
Joseph Sackett, I Was in Your Blood
Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Short Film Grant
Tamika R. Guishard, Rhythm in Blues
Bill & Turner Ross, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
Kirilova will be awarded $20,000 to finish her film, "In the Shadows of Love," while collaborators Kuwahata and Porter will receive $10,000 for "Dandelion Seed."
Feature Film Grants
Rooftop Films and DCTV Equipment & Services Grant
Short Film Grants

John Amato, the CEO of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard media group who stepped down earlier this week amid allegations of influencing newsroom procedures, has been accused of sexual harassment and other improper behavior, according to a report in The Daily Beast, which cites “three sources with direct knowledge of the outcome of the internal investigation.”
 
The probe began with allegations of sexual harassment and expanded over the past few weeks to include an audit of parts of the company’s 2016 acquisition of SpinMedia for examinations of financial wrongdoing, the report says, adding that the investigation is also examining whether the company properly addressed staffers’ complaints of inappropriate behavior by senior company officials. It cites “nearly a dozen current and former employees as well as a person familiar with the company’s business who all spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.” Reps for the organization’s parent company, Valence Media, and Amato did not immediately respond to Variety's requests for comment.
 
The Daily Beast reported in May that Amato had suppressed a series of articles in Billboard and Spin about former Republic Records president Charlie Walk’s alleged inappropriate behavior toward younger women. This led to a separate investigation about Amato’s conduct and “the company culture he oversaw.” In addition to the financial aspect of the probe, the report says investigators have heard complaints from women who alleged that Amato had behaved inappropriately with young female staffers at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and during the Billboard Music Awards three years later, along with accusations of sexually explicit comments made in front of employees.
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The report also cites sources as saying the outside investigator has also heard from staff that the company did not take commensurate action over complaints against Amato’s friends and company EVP Julian Holguin and CFO Moksha Fitzgibbons, and that in two cases, employees who filed complaints with human resources were — within weeks — fired or had their jobs threatened for unrelated perceived offenses.
 
 

Naomi Watts is in negotiations to join Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson in the Joe Carnahan action pic "Boss Level," sources tell Variety.
She recently wrapped production on the indie "The Luce" opposite Octavia Spencer, as well as the GEM Entertainment movie "The Wolf Hour," which also stars Jennifer Ehle.
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Highland Film Group has come on board to handle international rights.
The film will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, and Randall Emmett and George Furla. Production companies are Emmett/Furla/Oasis, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free.
Her drama "Ophelia," a reimagining of "Hamlet" told from the prospective of the titular character's lover, premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Watts was most recently seen in Focus' "The Book of Henry," which also stars Jacob Tremblay, and Lionsgate's "The Glass Castle" opposite Brie Larson. Watts played Gertrude in the film.
Will Sasso is also joining the cast. Carnahan is directing from a script he penned.
Details regarding who Watts will be playing are unknown. Grillo will play a retired special forces veteran trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in his death every day.