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2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
What They Left Behind, a new documentary film chronicling the stories of three children whose lives were lost to gun violence, will premiere December 10 at the Helen Mills Theater in New York.
The film, directed by Tarik Karam and executive produced by Stephen Daldry, the Oscar-nominated director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot, is being released four days in advance of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Seven-year-old Mark Barden, who was one of the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook that day, is one of the three children featured in the film. His father, Mark Barden, will be on hand for the premiere. Bill Sherlach, the husband of Mary Sherlach, the Sandy Hook school psychologist who was killed while heroically trying to protect the students, will also be present at the film’s premiere.
The film, presented by the non-profit group Sandy Hook Promise, »
- David Robb
Todd Haynes receives his first entry in the Criterion collection with a beautiful restoration of his landmark 1995 sophomore feature, Safe, the film that launched the status of burgeoning star Julianne Moore. Though initial reactions to the film were perplexing after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a growing cult following cemented the film’s reputation as a fascinating example of Haynes’ remarkable control of mise en scene, as well as a deliberately refined AIDs allegory ahead of its time. Recuperated famously as a case study as pertains to practices and definitions of whiteness, it may very well be Haynes’ most invigorating work precisely because of all the avenues of projection its fascinating obliqueness provides.
The narrative is relatively simple, especially as pertains to the work of Haynes, who often prizes experimental, non-linear narratives. A suburban housewife residing in the San Fernando Valley of 1987, Carol White (Julianne Moore) finds herself »
- Nicholas Bell
2Nd Update, Tuesday Am Pt: Actuals are in from all studios with the exception of Sony. For the most part the estimates matched the final results, although Mockingjay came in slightly higher with $32.9M for a $306.6M cume, and Penguins Of Madagascar flapped up to $24.2M with a $95M cume. Also among notable upticks was Fox’s new entry, The Pyramid, with $4.2M versus the original $3.8M estimate. Next week will see Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings expand while The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies emerges from Middle Earth.
Figures have been updated below for Mockingjay Part I, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Penguins Of Madagascar, Interstellar, Horrible Bosses 2, Big Hero 6, The Pyramid, The Book Of Life, Ouija, The Theory Of Everything, Alles Ist Liebe, Trash, Dumb And Dumber To, Black Sea, Dracula Untold, Boyhood, Men Women & Children and Billy Elliot: The Musical Live.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Producers, directors and screenwriters rep some of the most interesting pics emerging from Latin America. Chosen for this year’s Latin Ameruca: Up Next, the 10 producers or directors – sometimes both will be the subject of a round table at Ventana Sur on Wednesday.
Acevedo, 27, caught the eye of Burning Blue producer Diana Bustamante with two evocative shorts: “Los pasos del agua” and “La campana.” Burning Blue produced Acevedo’s feature debut, “La tierra y la sombra,” a family drama set on a sugarcane-blighted farm, now in post.
Almeida’s first feature as a producer, Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks,” is Brazil’s foreign-language Oscar entry. While working for a journalism degree at Sao Paulo U., Almeida began producing shorts. Films Boutique has sold the drama to 24 territories.
Benaim wrote and helmed documentary “Invasion,” Panama’s first-ever foreign-language film Oscar submission. »
- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente
A big screen version of the hit stage musical Wicked has been talked about for a number of years now. Stephen Daldry (The Reader, Billy Elliot) has been linked to direct but as yet no other information has been confirmed by Universal; however we may be seeing the movie adaptation a lot sooner than we first anticipated.
FilmDivider are claiming that one of their sources witnessed the Screen Film Summit presentation by Vue Cinemas CEO Tim Richards and during the slide-show Wicked was being hailed as a highlight of the 2016 release calendar.
If this is indeed the case then we should be getting some official clarification from Universal very soon as casting and production would be due to begin early next year.
- Gavin Logan
The untold story of The Wizard Of Oz's witches might just be heading to cinemas sooner than thought...
It looks like progress is being made on bringing the musical Wicked to the big screen. The last we'd heard, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) was in talks to direct the film, and producer Marc Platt said just the other week that "the movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line".
It may not be that many years, though. The untold story of the Witches Of Oz (as the musical is described) could in fact be gearing up for release in 2016, according to a new report at Film Divider. It revealed that one of the presentations at yesterday's Screen Film Summit noted that Wicked was set to be one of the highlights "of 2016's release calendar". So a bit sooner than had been though.
That would suggest that »
Despite Mockingjay and Interstellar muscle, the current frame was down more than 30% on last week, but very close to last year’s comparable weekend for the Top 10 studio titles. Indies and local films that factored big this session included Women Who Flirt ($11.5M) and Rise Of The Legend ($5.5M, cume $18M) in China; along with Paddington‘s $8.5M bear hug to the UK, Mexico and Peru.
Last year this time, Catching Fire was the big game globally, while Gravity, much like Warner Bros’ Interstellar this year, was still exerting force in China in the similar period. Also last year, Frozen was just getting its skates on for what would go on to be a record breaking run.
- Nancy Tartaglione
A new year means new shows! Here are 11 we cannot wait to see in 2015. “Fish in the Dark” (Opens March 5)To say Larry David’s Broadway debut is highly anticipated would be putting it mildly. As with his cult classic show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” David will be performing his own words, this time inspired by the death of a friend’s father. “The Audience” (Opens March 8)Helen Mirren already won an Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II. Why not a Tony, too? Stephen Daldry’s majestic West End production of Peter Morgan’s biographical drama follows the queen into her private meetings with all 12 prime ministers during her 60-year reign. “On the Twentieth Century” (Opens March 12) Get ready for some good ol’-fashioned glamour on the Great White Way—and the long-awaited return of a diva. Playing a Hollywood starlet to Peter Gallagher’s bankrupt producer, Tony and Emmy »
Poland's CamerImage, a film festival that runs each year in Bydgoszcz, is dedicated in large measure to celebrating the art of cinematography. With that craft in mind, it's perhaps no surprise that Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev's austere and striking parable of modern Russia, took home this year's big prize: the Golden Frog. Its Dp, Mikhail Krichman, also won for his cinematography. The film is Russia’s official bid for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. CamerImage 22 officially closed on with a lavish awards ceremony in the main theater of Bydgoszcz’s imposing Opera Nova opera house. Golden Frogs were bestowed on The Black Stallion and The Natural's Caleb Deschanel, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award (click here to see Breaking Bad Dp Michael Slovis explain why), The Right Stuff's Philip Kaufman, who won the corresponding award for direction, and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, Trash) for Excellence in Directing. »
By Anjelica Oswald
Several Oscar contenders are heading to New York and the Broadway stage as the Oscar season progresses in Hollywood. With projects on both coasts, these contenders could score both Tony and Oscar nominations during the upcoming awards season.
Director Bob Fosse won two Tony Awards and an Oscar in 1973. The two Tonys were for direction and choreography for Pippin and the Oscar was for directing Cabaret. Director Stephen Daldry won an Oscar for The Reader and a Tony for Billy Elliot the Musical in 2009.
Five actresses have won both awards in the same year: Shirley Booth won a Tony for The Time of the Cuckoo and an Oscar for Come Back, Little Sheba in 1953; Audrey Hepburn won a Tony for Ondine and an Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954; Ellen Burstyn won a Tony for Same Time, Next Year and an Oscar for Alice Doesn’t »
- Anjelica Oswald
Update, Tuesday, 4:02 Am Pt: A couple of things have happened in the world of international box office since late Sunday night. We now know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I will not be bowing in China in the 2014 calendar year, and we have a little more insight into why Korea is like the proverbial black hole for Interstellar (in the good sense). Exerting an incredible gravitational pull, Korea has advanced itself as a massive $35.9M play (so far) for Christopher Nolan’s intergalactic epic. Here’s why: There is a very strong and vocal Nolan fanbase in Korea, which has generated astronomical word of mouth in the market. I’m told there were a few midnight screenings the night before the opening on November 6, and online buzz began building immediately. The not-so-spacey elements have also played very well, with the emotional and family sub-plots broadening appeal. Worth »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Bydgoszcz, Poland — Stephen Daldry, the director of “Trash,” and the film’s director of photography Adriano Goldman explained how they turned chaos into cinema, during a discussion at Camerimage film festival, where Daldry was given the excellence in directing award.
Daldry explained during the presentation on Sunday that the film, which plays at the fest, is based on a novel by Andy Mulligan, who had drawn on his experiences working in Brazil, India and the Philippines.
“He hadn’t set it in any particular country, so when I started thinking about making it into a film the first place I went to — following in his footsteps — was Brazil,” Daldry said.
This was mostly because of his existing relationship with Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, who runs production company O2, which later assisted in the production of “Trash,” and Meirelles’ experience of working with non-professional actors on such productions as “City of God. »
- Leo Barraclough
Bydgoszcz, Poland – British director Stephen Daldry paid tribute to the cinematographers who he had worked alongside, when he accepted the excellence in directing award at the opening ceremony on Saturday of the 22nd edition of Camerimage, a festival in Poland devoted to the art of cinematography.
“It has been my privilege to work with some extraordinary cinematographers in my career. First of all Brian Tufano, who held my hand and told me what to do and what not to do on ‘Billy Elliot,’” Daldry said.
Daldry picked up Academy Award nominations in the director category for “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making him the only director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.
He finished by honoring the cinematographer on his most recent film, »
- Leo Barraclough
Jamie Dornan is returning to terrorize Northern Ireland with his sexy bedroom eyes (and murderous disposition) in "The Fall" Season 2 - and now the BBC Two series has a premiere date on Netflix. The dark drama's second season has been slated to debut January 16 on the streaming service, Netflix announced today. The new batch of six episodes will again star Dornan ("50 Shades of Grey") as Paul Spector, a serial killer terrorizing Belfast, while Gillian Anderson reprises her role as Det. Superintendent Stella Gibson. Emmy winner Alan Cubitt wrote and directed all six episodes, the first of which premiered this week in the U.K. Check out a teaser trailer and full Season 2 synopsis for "The Fall" below. In other Netflix news, the service has ordered ten episodes of Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry's "The Crown," a drama centered on the life of Queen Elizabeth II (expected to be played »
- Chris Eggertsen
Netflix have finally confirmed their series commitment to the television adaptation of the hit play ‘The Audience,’ which has been in development for a number of months. The streaming service has moved to bolster its growing slate of original drama by ordering 10 episodes of The Crown from series creators Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) – both of whom are Academy Award nominees.
The play – written by Morgan – debuted in London in 2013 with Helen Mirren in the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II. Charting 60 years of her reign – from 1952 to 2012 – it conjures a chain of historically significant meetings between the Monarch and a variety of UK Prime Ministers. Mirren’s critically acclaimed performance earned her an Olivier Award for best actress, and she is set to take the role to Broadway when ‘The Audience’ opens there next year. A new version will open in the West End in London a few months later, »
- Sarah Myles
Following the story of the British monarch and her various relationships with prime ministers in the post-war era, the show will be released on the streaming site in 2016.
According to Deadline, Foy is being lined up to play a young version of the Queen.
The Crown is inspired by the award-winning West End play The Audience and follows "the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street".
It will also explore "the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th »
Netflix is adding some royalty to its original programming lineup in 2016. Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of The Crown, telling the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Each season of the show (if it is picked up for more, of course), will follow a decade of the queen's life, beginning in 1952 when she assumed the title and began working with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Crown comes from Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry and is inspired by Morgan's play The Audience. Morgan also wrote The Queen, which starred Helen Mirren, who is also set to reprise the »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Netflix has more than just upcoming series Marco Polo in the works. The streaming video-on-demand service just ordered another historical epic series called The Crown based on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II. The series will span several decades of the Queen’s life, with the first 10-episode season set for release sometime in 2016. The first season will introduce viewers to 25-year-old Elizabeth, a princess set to take over her father’s throne in Britain. Netflix said each season will cover a decade of the Queen’s life. Produced by Left Bank Pictures along with Sony Pictures Television, The Crown is based on the play The Audience by Peter Morgan (who also penned the movies The Queen and Frost/Nixon). Morgan will executive produce the series along with director Stephen Daldry (from The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (also from The Queen). “‘The Crown’ is not only about »
- Bree Brouwer
Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.
The Crown, produced by Left Bank in association with Sony Pictures Television, is a new ten-part series which is due to land on Netflix in 2016 and forms a part of the VoD service’s push into original content.
The series tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II and her relationship with post-war Downing Street. It is based on the West End play The Audience, and written by The Queen and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan. The series will be directed by Billy Elliot’s Stephen Daldry.
Netflix implied that there was scope for further series, detailing that each season of The Crown would explore the different periods and political rivalries across Queen Elizabeth II’s reign from the age of 26.
The series will be executive produced by Left Bank chief executive Andy Harries, who produced »
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