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Batman has dominated movie screens since at least 1989. An there have been some major players vying for the role ever since. Ben Affleck put it best: "Batman is the Greatest Part in the World." In the summer of 2017, the actor and Oscar winning screenwriter and director shrugged off rumors he was set to exit the Dceu, as work continued on Zack Snyder's Justice League. But what if someone else was coming in to take over the role. Who would it be?
Battfleck turned out to be the best received part of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which reintroduced the Caped Crusader to movie going audiences, following the critical and box-office success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. There have been numerous big screen versions of Gotham City's vigilante since he made his debut in Detective Comics and even more false starts and abandoned projects. Today, we're looking »
Dunkirk has become the highest grossing WWII movie in history.
Nolan’s film may have, however, just grabbed its biggest claim to fame yet, in beating out Saving Private Ryan to become the highest grossing WWII movie ever.
Dunkirk now sits at $493 million worldwide, which, thanks to this past weekend’s takings in locations like China, now places it ahead of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, sitting at $481.8 million.
While this is quite the achievement for Dunkirk, Saving Private Ryan still claims the top spot in the Us with $216 million to Dunkirk’s $183 million. It’s very unlikely that Dunkirk will reach that number unless Nolan’s movie plays for many months to come thanks to awards recognition. »
- Samuel Brace
Dunkirk has made its debut at China’s box office, bringing in significant numbers.
The acclaimed WWII drama by Christopher Nolan has been performing well above expectations in various markets around the world. This includes $180 million in the Us.
Having to sit out the China summer blackout like all western films, Dunkirk has at last been able to make its debut in the world’s second biggest movie market, bringing in $30 million this past weekend.
Winning the weekend on its debut, this is a solid opening for Nolan’s latest effort in China, a market he has been historically popular in. The $30 million debut, however, is behind Nolan’s previous effort Interstellar ($42.6 million), but due to Dunkirk’s nature as a WWII drama outside the Pacific theater, this isn’t all that surprising.
WB certainly isn’t down on the numbers, noting that for an artful Hollywood drama this is indeed a solid showing, »
- Samuel Brace
The Party UK trailer and poster arrive
Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships, and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.
Related: The Party review, Berlinale 2017
- Paul Heath
Ahead of its UK release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming comedy drama The Party, directed by Sally Potter, the film stars Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall; take a look below…
Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.
The Party is set for release on October 13th. »
- Amie Cranswick
It's finally here! The Labour Day weekend isn't really the end of summer, but it certainly feels that way. Maybe it's the residual instinct ingrained in us after years of elementary and high school, when summertime meant freedom from school for a full two months and September meant the end of all that and the return to teachers, books, and (ugh) homework.
No matter how you feel about the holiday, there's still lots of ways to squeeze the most fun possible out of your extra day off! And what better way to while away an afternoon than with a movie at a Cineplex theatre. Without further ado, here's our recommendations for what to see in theatres this long weekend!
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If you're in the mood for some ass-kicking action, »
- Jenny Bullough
A star-studded cast swaps barbs in a UK trailer for “The Party.” Described as “a comedy wrapped around a tragedy,” the black and white Sally Potter film features Patricia Clarkson (“House of Cards”), Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight” trilogy), Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), and Timothy Spall (“Denial”).
Janet (Scott Thomas) and Bill (Spall) are hosting a dinner party, but the latter seems both dazed and distracted. He waits until the guests arrive to say, rather formally, “I have an announcement.” We aren’t privy to what that announcement is, but it seems bad. Janet responds by saying she could “kill him.” And Bill and Janet are far from the only sources of drama.
One guest is described as “ridiculously handsome” but “a wanker.” Another is told his “cliches are unbearable.” Some of the exchanges are playful, and others are outright hostile. “I believe in truth and reconciliation,” Janet claims, before becoming overwhelmed with anger and biting herself. It seems like everyone is having a meltdown or on the verge of one.
“As people’s illusions about themselves and each other go up in smoke, along with the canapes, ‘The Party’ becomes a night that began with champagne but ends with blood on the floor,” the film’s official synopsis hints.
“The Party” was very warmly received at the Berlinale, and currently boasts a 100 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film opens in the UK October 13. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced, but “The Party” is expected to hit North American theaters sometime in February 2018.
Trailer Watch: A Celebration Goes Off the Rails in Sally Potter’s “The Party” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
How many actors have played Spider-Man? We've had more Spider-Man movies than there are Baldwin brothers, or Kardashian sisters. But so what? Everybody loves the friendly neighborhood webhead! It's been more than half a century since Amazing Fantasy #15 hit the stands and ever since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko gave us the kid who does whatever a spider can, Peter Parker's popularity has covered the world like a spider spinning its web. (Ugh sorry).
The wise cracking, hard working, hard luck hero is a young actor's dream. The number of guys who have wanted to get in that mask earned by Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland could fill a Spider-Verse movie packed with Miles Morales, Doc Ock, Spider-Gwen and every other comic version of the wall crawler. Here, we look at 10 Actors who were almost cast as Spider-Man. For whatever reason, they just didn't make it into that costume. »
In today’s film news roundup, Robert Knepper and Armin Amiri join “1st Born,” Cynthia Erivo will star in “Bad Times at the El Royale,” Lior Raz joins “Operation Finale,,” SXSW announces more speakers, Mark Duplass’ “Creep 2” gets a release date and “Dunkirk” gets a special promotion this weekend for the U.S. military.
“1st Born,” a joint feature film co-production between Iran and Hollywood, is set to start filming in Los Angeles next month. It centers on a newlywed couple — Iranian-born Ben and American Kate — who are living the American dream in sunny California. When their first pregnancy has complications, it brings the whole family together.
Amiri will portray Ben and Abdo will play his father. Knepper’s character is a Iraqi War veteran who befriends Abdo’s character »
- Dave McNary
Back in 1992, Sally Potter was a pretty big deal. She had just released “Orlando” to universal acclaim, which featured an exquisite performance from Tilda Swinton as the titular nobleman who moved through centuries of British history without aging. It was an ambitious film that put Potter on the map and gave us hope that she might be the next important voice in indie cinema. However, with every ensuing movie she made (“The Tango Lesson,” “The Man Who Cried,” “Yes,” “Rage,” “Ginger & Rosa“) it felt like she had hit her peek too early.
- Jordan Ruimy
Dunkirk has moved past the $400 million milestone at the worldwide box office.
Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama, Dunkirk, has been over performing at the box office this summer, accumulating $172 million at the U.S. box office, and in the process making Christopher Nolan the fifth highest grossing director of all time.
This tidy sum, which should end up somewhere around the $185 million mark, has helped Dunkirk accumulate a very tidy $412 million across all territories. Dunkirk is still to be released in big markets like China and Japan, so that number will climb further still.
Depending on how kindly China take to the picture, the film could possibly pass the $500 million mark as well.
Nowhere has Dunkirk thrived more than in the U.K., however, with the movie about the evacuation of over 300,000 men from a French beach, now sitting at $63 million.
This is an impressive number indeed and means that »
- Samuel Brace
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is to receive a special screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to celebrate 50 years of IMAX. The free event will take place on Sunday, September 10 and will be introduced by Piers Handling, Director and CEO of Tiff, followed by a conversation between the director/writer/producer Nolan and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Tiff.
“Nineteen years ago, Nolan premiered Following in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival. We stand in awe of all he has achieved since, and are proud to welcome him back to Toronto,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Tiff. “The Ontario Place Cinesphere is the perfect place to do it. This cinema on Toronto’s waterfront opened in 1971 as IMAX’s first permanent home. We couldn’t be happier to be able to provide fans with the chance to hear Nolan speak on the groundbreaking art and craft of Dunkirk. »
- Paul Heath
Here’s an interesting turn in the Oscar race. After years of being ignored and snubbed in the Best Director field, there’s a strong chance that Christopher Nolan will be finally cited in the category for his work making Dunkirk. In fact, it’s hard to argue that at the moment, he’s the frontrunner to win the whole thing. Nolan has built up a reputation as one of the best filmmakers in the business, so he’s certainly overdue for a nomination. The Academy has never seen fit to vote for him in this one particular category. Some of it has been due to the competition. Some of it has been due to the films he’s made. Some of it is just plain bad luck. This year, however, he has a movie that’s the easiest sell to voters yet. Could that change the math for him? »
- Joey Magidson
The WWII drama has been performing above expectations during its run so far, having accumulated $366 million worldwide, including $156.3 million in the Us, and a mighty $58 million in the UK.
However, Nolan’s latest has yet to be released in China, the second biggest market in the world. The director has a big following in the country and he will be hoping that can translate into big numbers for his critically acclaimed feature.
The director is set to visit Beijing, and rumours of his visit to the city have been met with “considerable fan excitement” on Chinese social media according to Warner Bros. (via THR).
Nolan will be attending a press conference in the Chinese capital city on August 21, which will then be followed by the premiere of Dunkirk on August 22.
This will be Nolan’s first trip to the capital, »
- Samuel Brace
Dunkirk has sailed into second position at the UK box office for 2017, overcoming some serious competition on the way.
We reported earlier in the month that Dunkirk had out earned Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, and Logan at the UK box office. But now it can add another impressive achievement to its name, having also beaten out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Dunkirk is now the second highest grossing film of the year in the UK, having earned a better than expected $58.1 million, which puts it comfortably ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a film that sits in fourth place with $53 million.
Dunkirk dropped 43% this past weekend, but it was enough to top the box office charts for an impressive fourth weekend in a row. This is a feat that even films like »
- Samuel Brace
In a crowded field of summer blockbusters and event films, Christopher Nolan's war evacuation epic Dunkirk has done pretty damn well for itself, netting more than 340 million Usd in worldwide box-office in just over three weeks. Our Pierce Conran is impressed as well, and in his review he says "... there's no stronger argument for seeing a film on the biggest possible screen this summer." Spectacle or not, it always helps to have a stellar cast around, and Nolan sure got a good pick for this one, with the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Splendid actors all. Which brings me to Tom Hardy. When we featured him in the quiz back in 2013, that particular article turned into the most-read...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
This year’s box office has been dominated by superhero behemoths and Disney family movies, not unlike most years in recent memory.
Having accumulated $35.4 million as of late July, this means that the WWII drama has out earned superhero blockbusters Wonder Woman ($28.9 million, Logan ($29.1 million), and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($31.8 million).
This is quite the achievement and speaks to Nolan’s popularity in the country, the film’s critical success, and the »
- Samuel Brace
From A Field in England to a High-Rise in London to a warehouse in a Us dockland, you cannot say writer-director Ben Wheatley is predictable. Except Free Fire does feel distinctly familiar – comfortingly and enjoyably so, perhaps, but do not expect the unexpected. The heightened ‘70s aesthetic is retained from Wheatley’s previous film, instantly eliminating the issue of mobile phones, while also feeling like a throwback to a simpler cinematic time.
In what is more premise than plot, a bunch of idiotic guys and a slightly less idiotic woman (Brie Larson) descend upon a warehouse to complete a weapons deal. Frank (Wheatley regular Michael Smiley) leads the buyers; Vernon (Sharlto Copley) is the unhinged dealer. Mediating the deal is Ord (Armie Hammer) – but despite »
- Rupert Harvey
Ben Wheatley is fast becoming a director whose work is simply a must see occasion. Whether it is a haunting success (The Kill List – this writer’s personal favourite Wheatley offering so far) or a far reaching stumble (the sadly pretentious High Rise), you feel compelled to see what Wheatley has come up with next on the big screen. In the case of his latest (Martin Scorsese exec produced) film, Free Fire, Wheatley strips down the plot to one basic – but no less ambitious – idea. A movie that consists almost entirely of a shootout! It sounds crazy, it sounds unattainable, it sounds frantic, in a way it is all three of those things but my goodness is it a sight to see.
The simplistic plot is of course the gateway to an array of themes in which retro male machismo clashes and results in pure chaos. Free Fire is a »
- Jack Bottomley
Dunkirk was always going to do relatively well in the UK, the tale of the evacuation of mostly British soldiers during WWII was bound to strike a nerve, and add that to Nolan’s enormous popularity as a filmmaker, and great reviews, we shouldn’t be too surprised to see it doing well.
Dunkirk should be on track for a pretty hefty figure in the territory, with most movies opening to similar numbers going on to make between $40 million and $60 million.
The film is performing better than expected over in the Us as well, having already brought in $101 million. Dunkirk’s international total sits at £232.8 million, still some way off Interstellar’s $675 million. »
- Samuel Brace
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