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Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Dominates With $40 Million

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is heading for a solid $40 million opening weekend at 4,003 North American sites, estimates showed Saturday.

The third weekend of horror blockbuster “It” continues to scare up impressive business with a projected $30 million at 4,007 locations, followed by the launch of Warner Bros.’ animated comedy “The Lego Ninjago Movie” with about $21 million at 4,047 locations — well under recent forecasts. Still, with three films over $20 million, the overall box office represents a continued rebound for the movie business following a dismal late summer.

Independent horror movie “Friend Request” is showing little traction in its launch weekend with an estimated $2.2 million at 2,550 venues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Stronger,” a biopic on Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, is opening with a moderate $1.6 million at 574 sites for Roadside Attractions.

Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is performing in line with expectations, two years after “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The sequel brings back original stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth »


- Dave McNary

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Billy Eichner in Talks to Join Anna Kendrick in Disney's Female Santa Claus Movie

22 September 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Billy Eichner is in negotiations to star in Disney's Nicole, a tale of a female Santa Claus also starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Marc Lawrence is attached to direct, while Suzanne Todd, who worked with the studio on Alice in Wonderland, is producing. Lawrence also wrote the script for the holiday family adventure that centers on the coming of a female Santa to take over the family business.

Eichner is best known as the aggressively inquisitive host of Billy on the Street, which earned him a Daytime Emmy. He also stars in the Hulu series »


- Etan Vlessing

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson

22 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.

Director Rian Johnson took to Instagram to reveal that post-production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been completed, 19 months after shooting began.

Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."

It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »


- Graeme McMillan

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Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A judge on Friday denied director Farhad Safinia’s request to seize and destroy a producer’s cut of “The Professor and the Madman,” the Mel Gibson film about the Oxford English Dictionary.

Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed a lawsuit accusing Voltage of defamation and copyright infringement, and asked for a restraining order to block Voltage from shopping the film to distributors.

But in her ruling Friday, Judge Consuelo Marshall rejected the request, saying Safinia had not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of the dispute. Safinia claims that he owns the copyright to the September 2016 version of the screenplay, and that he never subsequently assigned the rights to Voltage.

Voltage counters that Safinia had already given up his copyright to earlier drafts of the film’s screenplay under a “work made for hire” agreement, and »


- Gene Maddaus

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Gal Gadot Parts Ways With Manager (Exclusive)

19 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gal Gadot has parted ways with management company Untitled Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

After her fan-favorite turn as Themysciran princess Diana in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Israeli actress took center stage in Wonder Woman, the most successful movie of the summer, a lone bright spot that saw director Patty Jenkins shatter box office records for female filmmakers on the way to earning more than $800 million worldwide.

Gadot will return as Wonder Woman in the DC Comics team-up Justice League and has signed on for the Wonder Woman sequel. In addition, she’s »


- Rebecca Sun

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Oscars Overhaul and Open Up Foreign Language Voting Process

20 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In advance of what is expected to be a record year for entries in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, the Academy has made significant changes in the voting process used to select nominees. In a Thursday afternoon email to all Southern California-based members of the Academy, the organization used the subject line “Come see the world with us!” and invited the members to “help us choose the next foreign language film award nominees,” also linking to a page that described the new voting system. In the biggest change, the color-coded screening groups have been eliminated. In the past, »

- Steve Pond

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‘mother!’: Take This Quiz to Find Out If You’ll Love or Hate the Year’s Most Divisive Movie

57 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“mother!” has been testing viewers’ sensibilities since screening at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where it was met with largely favorable reviews. Since opening in more than 2,300 theaters last week, however, it’s proven unappealing to multiplex audiences. Darren Aronofsky’s hotly debated thriller earned a rare “F” CinemaScore and stumbled at the box office, with many apparently finding it too strange, dense, or otherwise unlikable.

Read More:Why ‘mother!’ Was a Box Office Flop, But Deserves Your Respect — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Might you be one of them? A new quiz is here to help you figure that out. Created by Vulture, the 15-question test asks a range of questions, from the straightforward (“Do you like movies?”) to the elliptical (“That same person quotes ‘Infinite Jest’ at you later in bed, then laughs ruefully and says, ‘I’ve read that book 40 times and I still feel like I’m learning from David. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts’ Review: Don Hertzfeldt Does it Again

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Any number of superlatives have been hurled at Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow” — this critic listed the 16-minute short as one of the 10 greatest films of the 21st Century — but perhaps the highest compliment it’s received is that nobody ever really asked for a sequel. Well, maybe that’s not true, maybe Hertzfeldt has actually spent the last two years being hounded by fans who wanted more of a movie they loved, but I’ve watched the original more times than is medically advisable, and the thought never occurred to me.

That’s because “World of Tomorrow” is a truly perfect thing, an immaculate eruption of ideas that’s contained within a closed loop of continuous delight (click here to rent it right now). Conceived as an excuse for Hertzfeldt to teach himself the basics of digital animation, written around unscripted recordings of his four-year-old niece, and ultimately »


- David Ehrlich

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‘Fuller House’ Creator Says the Olsen Twins Really Aren’t Coming Back: ‘I’ve Given Up Asking Them’

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We can all agree that, for all its many merits, “Fuller House” has one fatal flaw: a distinct lack of Olsen Twins. Neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley has chosen to reprise the iconic role of Michelle Tanner, whose antics helped make the original “Full House” such a hit and launched the sisters’ subsequent careers; in a new TVLine interview, the Netflix reboot’s creator says he’s resigned himself to the fact that it’s never going to happen: “Personally, I’ve given up asking them,” explains Jeff Franklin.

Read More:‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Eviscerates Manipulative Sitcoms Like ‘Fuller House’ By Making One of Their Own

“The door is open, but I’m not going to be calling them anymore to invite them,” continues Franklin. “They just don’t seem interested in coming. It’s been three years of invitations, so they know the door is open. It »


- Michael Nordine

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Order Within The Chaos: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Obsessions

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Darren Aronofsky has more or less become a cinematic fixture within the last decade. The writer/director is an intense filmmaker whose stories are as expansive as his style; an Aronofsky spectrum. Cinephiles and film goers alike are voicing their reactions for his latest film, “mother!” and that reception is basically a binary explosion of opinion on social media. You either adore it or detest it, or are just completely baffled by what Aronofsky has put on screen.

Continue reading Order Within The Chaos: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Obsessions at The Playlist. »

- Julia Teti

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Director Doug Liman Opens Up About The American Made Crash Deaths

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Director Doug Liman has finally opened up and addressed the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of two American Made crew members. Here's what he had to say. »

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‘1922’ Review: ‘The Shining’ Meets ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ in the Year’s Most Impressive Stephen King Adaptation — Fantastic Fest

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Netflix-produced “1922” has jolts of violence and sweeping period details, but in a year overrun with Stephen King adaptations, it’s also the simplest of them: “It” features a ludicrous shapeshifting clown, “The Dark Tower” is an inter-dimensional sci-fi western fantasy, and “Gerald’s Game” has kinky sex gone wrong and a giant goal. In “1922,” a guy kills his wife and feels guilty about it. That’s the gist of its premise, and while nothing groundbreaking, the story mines a degree of profundity out of the traditional supernatural thriller tropes at its core.

Read More:‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Takes James Corden Inside the Red Room on ‘The Late Late Show’ — Watch

As directed by Zak Hilditch (whose 2013 debut “These Final Hours” was an expressionistic apocalyptic tale), “1922” (originally a King short story) has the merits of a solid “Tales From the Crypt” or “Masters of Horror” episode, with a »


- Eric Kohn

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-The-Scenes Clips Take Us to a Stylized Future

2 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Blade Runner 2049 is getting closer and closer to its release date, yet much of the film is still shrouded in secrecy. In an era where most high-profile films have almost their entire plot-lines spoiled before they hit theaters, it’s fairly impressive that director Denis Villeneuve and company have managed to play things so close to […]

The post ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-The-Scenes Clips Take Us to a Stylized Future appeared first on /Film. »


- Chris Evangelista

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‘Jane’ Trailer: Brett Morgen’s Acclaimed Jane Goodall Doc Has Adorable Monkeys, Which Is Really All You Need to Know — Watch

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

National Geographic has released the trailer for “Jane,” one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the Toronto International Film Festival — and potentially the year. Brett Morgen’s film about Jane Goodall was described by IndieWire’s Kate Erbland as “the definitive portrait of Goodall, one that is also remarkably accessible and almost unbearably tender.” Also, there are monkeys, so what are you waiting for?

Read More:Jane Goodall’s Remarkable Career Gets a Much-Deserved Documentary in Revelatory ‘Jane’ — Tiff Review

Here’s the synopsis: “‘Jane’ is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzania in the 1960s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Review: The Christmas Zombie Musical You Didn’t Know You Needed

3 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Ladies and gentleman, we’ve got a new cult classic on our hands. Sometimes you can just tell; you see a movie that does something new, riles up the audience, and you know this one is destined for cult status. This time, that film is Anna and the Apocalypse, John McPhail’s jaunty, toe-tapping musical, which plays a bit like a High School Musical Christmas special violently interrupted by the zombie apocalypse. Ella Hunt stars as Anna — a knockout performance that establishes the young talent as a bonafide star in the making. Hollywood take note, this lady's got … »

- Haleigh Foutch

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‘Spielberg’ Trailer: The Master Filmmaker Goes In Front Of The Camera

3 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A master filmmaker (and no, this isn’t an argument), director Steven Spielberg has been turning out modern movie classics for decades and has contributed dozens of unimpeachable treasures to cinema. Movies will be unimaginably poorer the day he is gone. Opinions may vary on just what film is the best Spielberg film, from the landmark action adventure film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to pictures that have reinvented the way “monster movies” are presented with “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” to his more dramatic and weighty films movies such as “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan” “Bridge of Spies” and “Lincoln.

Continue reading ‘Spielberg’ Trailer: The Master Filmmaker Goes In Front Of The Camera at The Playlist. »

- Ally Johnson

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‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Takes James Corden Inside the Red Room on ‘The Late Late Show’ — Watch

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What year is this? That’s just one of the questions James Corden must have found himself asking last night on “The Late Late Show” when he found his guest, one Kyle MacLachlan, had somehow managed to turn the green room red à la everyone’s favorite interdimensional hub in “Twin Peaks.”

Read More:‘Twin Peaks’ Fans Are Flocking to Laura Palmer’s Home, and the Owner is Letting Them In

Corden initially thinks it’s a joke, of course: “This must have taken you a while, huh?” he asks his guest. Channeling his inner Coop — or Dougie, or Evil Coop, or Richard — MacLachlan responds to all of his host’s queries backwards. Corden tries to do likewise, but finds himself unable to replicate that unique skill; he’s even more freaked out when they’re joined by Judi Dench, who also seems to have been hanging out with the Man From Another Place. »


- Michael Nordine

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Theme Park Bits: ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Ride Concept, ‘Star Wars’ Galactic Nights, 35 Years at Tokyo Disneyland

3 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: See what a Nightmare Before Christmas ride might have looked like, as envisioned by one Imagineer Cars characters get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up at Disney’s California Adventure The Star Wars: Galactic Nights event is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Get details on how Universal Studios and Legoland […]

The post Theme Park Bits: ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Ride Concept, ‘Star WarsGalactic Nights, 35 Years at Tokyo Disneyland appeared first on /Film. »


- Joshua Meyer

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Brace Your Emotional Sink: There Might Be A ‘mother!’ Opera

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Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has most definitely become the most hunted man in movie culture this last week. His controversial “mother!” has caused a volcanic stir in the mainstream by bewildering, provoking and flat-out infuriating movie audiences nationwide (and some media to boot) with its non-conventional narrative, shocking images and frustrating loop of a story.

Read More: ‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky’s Scorchingly Brilliant Thriller Is Visceral, Go-For-Broke Madness [Review]

That’s fine, adventurous moviegoers have mostly appreciated what Aronofsky went for in the film; it’s hard for any of us to really complain about a studio movie taking the kind of risks “mother!” does even if you think it subjectively fails.

Continue reading Brace Your Emotional Sink: There Might Be A ‘mother!’ Opera at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-the-Scenes Video: Ryan Gosling Offers New Details About the Much-Hyped Sequel — Watch

4 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you count yourself among “Blade Runner’s” many fans, you’re about to be envious of Kim Taylor Bennett. The Vice correspondent visited the set of “Blade Runner 2049” for a behind-the-scenes look at Denis Villeneuve’s much-hyped sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, revealing new details in the process. Watch below.

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing Denis Villeneuve’s Sequel

“It’s by far my longest shoot of my life,” says Villeneuve of the protracted production process; Bennett was there on day 86 of 96. “It’s not every day in your life that you have the chance to work with props or vehicles or great actors like that, so I feel blessed.” Bennett also speaks to production designer Dennis Gassner, who was tasked with simultaneously remaining true to the original film’s vision while also providing his own unique update »


- Michael Nordine

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