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‘Cantinflas’ Sails Decently In Specialty Box-Office Bow

12 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

As with the major releases, the specialty film box office this Labor Day holiday weekend is comparatively more tepid than last year’s.

In 2013, Pantelion began a record-breaking run with Instructions Not Included, the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S. This year, it hopes to replicate that success with a similar release blueprint for biopic Cantinflas, which opened in 382 theaters Friday, grossing $2.625 million, and averaging $6,827. The estimated 4-day weekend cume is $3.275 million.

The results so far give Cantinflas the edge when compared to other newcomers this weekend, but it’s well behind last year’s Instructions debut. That film opened the holiday weekend in 347 theaters, grossing $10 million for a very robust $28,818 PTA. It went on to cume $44 million. Cantinflas has a lot of work to do if it hopes to follow suit.

Still, Cantinflas has the second-highest PTA of any film currently in release and certainly the »

- Brian Brooks

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Yes No Maybe So: "The Rewrite"

14 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hugh Grant returns to the romantic comedy genre in "The Rewrite". Here's Matthew Eng to break it down for us in our Yes No Maybe So way

Yes

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

• Let me say it again. Marisa. Tomei. I’ll take her wherever I can get her, and I’d watch The Rewrite if only as a dolled-up delivery system for the most undervalued Oscar-winning actress working today. Why active, actress-friendly directors like David O. Russell and Woody Allen have yet to scoop her up and make a comedic muse out of her is totally beyond comprehension. She’s moving, miffed, and magnificent in Love is Strange, giving a pitch-perfect supporting performance, in the purest sense of the term. And she seems to be serving up her usual best here (i.e. rich, relaxed, and revealing character work) and top-lining (!) the damn thing as Hugh Grant’s »

- Matthew Eng

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Venice: Riccardo Scamarcio to Star in, Produce ‘Pericles the Black Man’

30 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italian A-list actor-turned-producer Riccardo Scamarcio will shepherd and star in “Pericle il Nero” (“Pericles the Black Man”), a noir based on the eponymous Italo cult novel by Giuseppe Farrandino, published in France by the Gallimard Noir imprint.

Long-gestating pic – which at one point Abel Ferrara was attached to direct – will be helmed by Stefano Mordini, whose “Steel” was in Venice Days in 2012. Scamarcio will play the title role, Pericle, a slave-like hit-man who gains self-awareness and freedom from the shackles of the mob world after meeting a woman.

While the book is set in Naples and Pescara, the film will transpose the narrative mainly to Brussels.

“Naples is being done to death in Italian movies these days, so we are transposing it to a more aseptic setting,” said Scamarcio.

His most recent role is playing a mad Italian chef alongside protag Bradley Cooper in the untitled John Wells project currently shooting in London, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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How Many Have You Seen? Read Bill Hader's List Of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

29 August 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Here's a fun fact about Bill Hader you might not know: he's a major film buff. Yep, the "Saturday Night Live" veteran likes his Criterion Collection movies as much as the next cinephile. His knowledge rolls pretty deep, and now he's sharing his love of cinema in a unique way.  Inside the book "Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks, Hader provides his list of 200 movies every comedy writer should see. Yes, you'll see the usual staples from folks like Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Charlie Chaplin, but there are some nice, not so obvious picks too. Billy Wilder's scathing "Ace In The Hole" notches a spot, as do Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and Robert Altman's "Nashville." So now the big question: how many have you seen? Here's all 200, let us know in the comments section. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Venice 2014: She’s Funny That Way Review

29 August 2014 5:34 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Peter Bogdanovich brings some old-school Hollywood wit and charm to Venice, as well as the biggest laughs of the festival thus far, with his screwball New York comedy, She’s Funny That Way. Though over 40 years have passed since he directed What’s Up, Doc? Bogdanovich shows he still has his comedic chops. And in a nice reference to that comedy, Austin Pendleton also appears here, this time as a judge obsessed with a call girl (“She’s the only woman who doesn’t sound like my grandmother!”).

Pendleton is one of many in this collective bedroom farce that revolves around the character of Arnold, a theatre director putting on a Broadway play written by Josh (Will Forte) and starring his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn), Seth (Rhys Ifans) and a yet-to-be-cast actress playing a call girl. When Arnold arrives in NYC a day before his wife and kids, the first »

- Jo-Ann Titmarsh

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Venice Film Review: ‘She’s Funny That Way’

29 August 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screwball comedy was already a retro affair when Peter Bogdanovich mastered it in 1972 with “What’s Up, Doc?” Forty-two years later, that ageless throwback is the standard to which the director aspires in “She’s Funny That Way,” . At once invoking genre forebears like Ernst Lubitsch and contemporaries like Woody Allen, this diverting tale of a Brooklyn callgirl wreaking havoc among the romantically frustrated cast and crew of a dud Broadway play accumulates the necessary narrative chaos without ever building a full head of comic steam. The diverting result will find a modest audience principally among those old enough to recall Bogdanovich’s glory days.

“She’s Funny That Way” was initially, and more intriguingly, titled “Squirrels to the Nuts,” a reference to an irresistible nugget of do-your-own-thing philosophy from “Cluny Brown,” Lubitsch’s last completed film: “Some people like to feed nuts to the squirrels, but if someone wants »

- Guy Lodge

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Everyone Says I Love Woody – What Romantic Comedies Owe to Mr. Allen

29 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.

The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.

Now, to coincide with its DVD release, »

- Emily Breen

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Facts: 21 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Veep' Star

29 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Arguably the greatest female comedic actor ever (she has the Emmys to prove it), Julia Louis-Dreyfus hardly needs an introduction.

At only 21 years old, the actress was cast on "Saturday Night Live," a Cinderella-like start for the young New York native. While the show didn't catapult her to fame, it was a stepping-stone that culminated with her landing the role of Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" (1989 - 1998). Proving there's no "'Seinfeld' curse," Louis-Dreyfus has had plenty of success since the acclaimed NBC sitcom ended, raking in several Emmys along the way. Just this summer, she took home her latest trophy for her work on HBO's "Veep."

From her eyebrow-raising family background to her actress half-sister, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

1. Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in New York, New York to Judith LeFever and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus.

2. Her parents divorced when Louis-Dreyfus was still just a baby. »

- Jonny Black

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Notes from a Romantic Realist

28 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!

The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”

Alexander Pope

This writer is no romantic. As much as a need exists for romantic comedies there are few capable of breaching my cynical defences; less still which bear repeat viewing. Thankfully there are those who cater to the romantic realist, striking a balance between the fluff of Ephron and flim-flam which is Richard Curtis. Those are the ones I return to because few people intellectualise love like Allen in Annie Hall, while Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is both love letter and warning shot for the unwary.

My primary reason for revisiting is simply one of fascination. Love is defined by scientists as a chemical reaction built through the sharing of collective experience. In filmic terms »

- Gary Collinson

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Amazon's new test pilots take flight

28 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Not so long ago, reality TV promised us that anyone could be a famous singer,

or chef, or alligator wrestler, or Amish craftsman. Now it’s not enough to be onscreen talent: We want to be development execs, too.

We have that chance with Amazon presenting its third round of pilots, which can be found on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review the five new shows, and their feedback will help the streaming site decide which pilots to pick up as original series. (Last time around it ordered six series, including Chris Carter’s The After and Jill Soloway’s Transparent. »

- Melissa Maerz

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Six of the Best: Marion Cotillard

28 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The teacup-eyed beauty that is Marion Cotillard is arguably one of the finest actresses working in cinema today. Currently one of only two female performers in history to win a Leading Actress Oscar in a foreign language picture, she has transitioned between genres and, even more impressively, languages.

She is stunning critics and arthouse audiences alike once again with her remarkable work in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s exquisite Palme d’Or contender Two Days, One Night which is out now in select cinemas and available to watch on-demand through Curzon’s new Home Cinema function.

To celebrate the release of this fantastic film, we select Six of the Best Marion Cotillard performances.

 

Midnight in Paris

The ever-prolific Woody Allen stopped off in the French Capital during his European tour for a spot of vaudevillian charm and wonder with his 2011 title Midnight in Paris. The comedy sees a wide-eyed nostalgian »

- Chris Haydon

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We Are The Freaks heads to Germany

28 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German distributor Lighthouse has acquired rights from 104 Films to Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks for German-speaking territories.

The off-beat comedy, starring 2014 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Jamie Blackley, centres on one eventful night with three teenagers, set against the backdrop of the social and political turmoil of 1990 England. Producer is Alex Usborne.

The film has now clocked up eight territories in direct sales for 104 Films. It was released in the UK in April and has since been released on DVD and for download by UK distributor Metrodome.

In addition to the film’s cult following, Blackley has also seen his star rise. He appears in teen drama If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz, released in the Us last weekend, and will be seen in Yorgos Lanthimos’s upcoming feature The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

Blackley will also star opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in Woody Allen’s untitled next film »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Review Round-Up: Blood Orgy in The Longest Week at The Cabin

26 August 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

We’re playing catch-up here on Nerdly – after a busy 2 weeks prepping for and then attending this years Frightfest there’s a number of weekly-release reviews to bring you up to speed on. So here they are, reviews of The Cabin, Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Longest Week.

The Cabin

Another one of those straight to DVD films that make up 99% of the horror films on sale at supermarkets, with the same generic cover art and shiny slipcase, The Cabin is destined to get mixed up with all the other cabin/lodge/house movies on the market when, in fact, it doesn’t deserve to – this film has little to do with the titular abode and more to do with the main characters bloodline (the original title of the movie) and his relationship with his faith.

The film tells the story of seminary student Brett Ethos (Matt Thompson »

- Phil Wheat

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Screenwriter Walter Bernstein at 95: Still Front and Center

26 August 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ask Walter Bernstein what makes for a good screenplay, and he’ll answer you with a (possibly apocryphal) story about Henry David Thoreau. “He was living out at Walden Pond and a friend came to tell him that Samuel Morse had just made the first successful wireless telegraph transmission from Boston to Portland, or something like that,” Bernstein says with the practiced storyteller’s delight in a well-told tale. “And Thoreau asked, ‘But what did it say?’ That’s always stuck with me. With all the technology and everything else, what’s it about?”

“What’s it about?” is a question Bernstein, who turned 95 this month, has been asking himself in one form or another for most of his 65-year career, which has stretched from the early days of live television to the modern era of binge watching, and from the lionized “golden age” of the studio system to the low-budget indie renaissance. »

- Scott Foundas

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UK movie releases: September 2014

26 August 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

September 5, 2014

Sex Tape

Director: Jake Kasdan

Starring: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz

Running time: 94 mins

Certificate: 15

Before I Go to Sleep

Director: Rowan Joffe

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth

Running time: 92 mins

Certificate: 15

The Guest

Director: Adam Wingard

Starring: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe

Running time: 100 mins

Certificate: 15

They Came Together

Director: David Wain

Starring: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler

Running time: 81 mins

Certificate: 15

September 12, 2014

The Boxtrolls

Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Starring: Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg

Running time: 97 mins

Certificate: PG

A Most Wanted Man

Director: Anton Corbijn

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams

Running time: 122 mins

Certificate:15

Pride

Director: Matthew Warchus

Starring: George Mackay, Andrew Scott

Running time: 120 mins

Certificate: 15

September 19, 2014

20,000 Days on Earth

Director: Jane Pollard, Iain Forsyth

Starring: Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue

Running time: 97 mins

Certificate: 15

The Giver

Director: Phillip Noyce

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges

Running time: Tbc mins

Certificate: Tbc

Magic in the Moonlight

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Colin Firth, »

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‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ Suffers Dip Following Neil Patrick Harris Departure

26 August 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Michael Mayer’s revival of Hedwig And The Angry Inch might be suffering with post-Neil Patrick Harris blues, but it is definitely not suffering dramatically!

Harris left his run of the Tony award winning show, being replaced by Girls and The Book Of Mormon star Andrew Rannells. According to figures that were released from trading group Broadway League, the musical grossed $648,738 – which is still pretty good for a Broadway show, but it is far less than the $1,139,903 takings from Harris’ final bow the week before.

In other Broadway news two shows closed this weekend. The first being Woody Allen’s wonderful flop Bullets Over Broadway, which cost $14 million to make, closing just four months after its debut. The second, and the biggest Broadway surprise success of them all, was Disney’s Newsies (yes, a reboot of the movie musical that starred Christian Bale). The show ended on a high note, »

- Lucy Cave

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Ridley Scott Says He Will “Probably” Direct the Blade Runner Sequel After The Martian; Talks Prometheus 2

25 August 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Ridley Scott is a lot like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen in that he’s become an incredibly prolific filmmaker in his 70s, but he differs from those two directors in that the projects he’s tackling are massive.  In the last four years, Scott has directed Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor, and most recently the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, and in between he found time to helm a pilot called The Vatican that Showtime ultimately passed on.  Scott is next gearing up to shoot the sci-fi survival film The Martian with Matt Damon, and in a recent interview with EW he revealed that production on the pic—which revolves around an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must find his way home—will begin in November. But during the interview, Scott also revealed that Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 are both completely written, adding that he »

- Adam Chitwood

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Broadway box office: Andrew Rannells still packs them in for 'Hedwig'

25 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Neil Patrick Harris may have hung up his five-inch pumps, but audiences are still lining up for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. According to figures from the Broadway League, the Tony-winning musical revival took in $648,738 for the week ending Aug. 24—the first with Book of Mormon alum Andrew Rannells in the cross-dressing title role. While that’s a steep drop from Nph’s final week, when the show grossed a whopping $1.14 million, it still represents an enviable 82 percent of the potential earnings for the 1,007-seat Belasco Theatre. (Harris’ star power enabled producers to sell many more “premium” tickets for well above the average price. »

- Thom Geier

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New on DVD Blu-ray August 26, 2014: 'Belle,' 'Portlandia,' 'Walking Dead'

25 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Belle"

What's It About? This 18th century English romance is about Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a biracial woman raised by her aristocratic great uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mansfield. She grows up alongside her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) as equals and best friends, but as they come of age, their differences become all too apparent -- to each other and to their would-be suitors. Meanwhile, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) is facing a trial as Lord Chief Justice of England that could change the future of slavery. Will Dido find love on her own terms?

Why We're In: It's an elegant period piece perfect for Jane Austen fans, and it's a subtle but effective examination of the intersection of class and race in 18th century England. Mbatha-Raw is fantastic, and director Amma Asante has an excellent eye for detail.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the »

- Jenni Miller

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Radius-twc Surprises With ‘The One I Love,’ Providing Theatrical, VOD Box Office

24 August 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

If this was a typical Sunday morning, I’d report that The One I Love, the latest quirky quasi-comedy exec-produced by the Duplass Brothers, had a solid but not scintillating debut weekend at the specialty box office. But this has not been a typical Sunday morning. When I opened my email from RADiUS-twc, I found not only their theatrical box office results for The One I Love but also the film’s VOD numbers. Wow!

The combined numbers arrived with no fanfare, just honest transparency. RADiUS deserves kudos for being a trailblazer here, and I at least want to make sure this moment is duly noted, and with enthusiasm. The company has given me non-theatrical metrics before, but to give it alongside theatrical is a first, and something unique that I hope quickly becomes common.

Last fall, Radius gave Deadline VOD numbers for its action pic Man Of Tai Chi, »

- Brian Brooks

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