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Arthouse Box Office: Niche Ethnic Releases Overpower Specialty Openers

11 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Specialty films these days range across more than core upscale urban and critically acclaimed quality fare. This weekend’s surprise: two foreign-language films placed second and third in the box office Top Ten.

The U.S./Mexican coproduction “How to Be a Latin Lover” (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ranked second with over $12 million from 1,118 theaters. Even more impressive, the Indian epic sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” (Great Indian) placed third with $10,138,000 in only 425 theaters. Both movies beat James Ponsoldt’s Dave Eggers novel adaption “The Circle” (Stx), starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, which opened to only $9.2 million in more than twice as many theaters.

(Read more in our Top Ten report.)

Among the specialty audience usual suspects, nothing managed to open with as much as a $10,000 per theater average. “Obit” (Kino Lorber) ranked highest, while Rami Malek-starrer “Buster’s Mal Heart” (Well Go USA) and “Natasha” (Menemsha) led the other New York openers. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Horror Highlights: Funny or Die’s Prevenge Prank Video, The Black Room Clip, Sirens Of Titan

29 April 2017 9:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Funny or Die released a prank video inspired by Alice Lowe's very funny Prevenge, and we have it for Daily Dead readers to watch. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new clip from The Black Room and details on the extension of the play Sirens of Titan at Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles.

Check Out Funny or Die's Prevenge Prank Video: "A pitch black, wryly British horror comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (“Sightseers,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Paddington”) that’s as funny as it is vicious, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between »

- Tamika Jones

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Posterized: Brie Larson

28 April 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

By Nathaniel R

Last week the directors of Captain Marvel were announced, moving that imaginary Marvel Studios picture, starring Brie Larson, closer to reality. 2019 is still a long way off though we have plenty of Brie to tide us over until then. She's in movie theaters currently as part of Ben Wheatley's crime comedy ensemble picture Free Fire  (reviewed). It's one of two features this spring whichhas featured Brie Larson as the token female amongst a group of adult men fighting for their lives (the other being Kong Skull Island). Which is, if you consider her particular skills as an actress, kind of a waste; to date she's consistently done her most transcendent work opposite other women or child actors.

Though it feels as if Brie Larson only recently exploded into fame having won the Best Actress Oscar for Room (2015), in reality she has been paying her dues for ages, »

- NATHANIEL R

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A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased two upcoming A24 releases, both of which seem oddly retro: World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. They also dropped the trailer for Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe” and suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, »

- Anne Thompson

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A24 After ‘Moonlight:’ Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd

27 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A24 cemented its perception as the new-model indie distributor when Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including that dramatic best-picture win. So what does the upstart indie, hailed for holding the skeleton key that unlocks the precious millennial demo, do for an encore?

The Tribeca Film Festival showcased three upcoming A24 releases, all of which seem oddly retro. There’s Yiddish-language Hasidic family drama “Menashe,” World War II costume drama “The Exception,” starring Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and “The Lovers,” starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as an unhappy older married couple. Suddenly, the new boss looks a lot like the old one.

What gives? This older-demo arthouse trio could easily carry the signature blue-and-white logo of venerable specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics. But don’t be deceived by appearances. A24 is a far cry from older-generation studio indies like Spc and Fox Searchlight, which tend to follow an established playbook. »

- Anne Thompson

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Film Review: 'Free Fire' Knows That Happiness is a Warm Gun

26 April 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In a film that had a sassy, arbitrary perspective on its own flipped-out story, “Free Fire” sought to out-Quentin Tarantino in freaky funny characters and ammo-splurging gun battles. Director Ben Wheatley (“High-Rise”) took an ensemble cast to rarified heights of insult comedy, revenge dynamics and bullets that hit the bone.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

It’s basically an arms sale that goes bad, and it’s set in 1978. The rogue cast of characters include stand-outs Sharito Copley (the South African actor from “District 9”), Armie Hammer and Brie Larson. The film is shot in straightforward real time, and the gun battle that takes place after the deal falls apart was a relentless point-of-view survival story that devolved into an unrelenting necessity for humans to wreak havoc on each other. Under director Wheatley, there is a bit of winking at the camera, symbolic statements on the futility of battle, and film class »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Cannes: Protagonist Picks Up Directors’ Fortnight Film ‘The Rider’

26 April 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Protagonist Pictures has come on board to handle worldwide sales on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title “The Rider,” written and directed by Chloé Zhao, Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge said Wednesday. This is Zhao’s second feature and second film selected for Directors’ Fortnight.

Based on the true story of Brady Jandreau, the film stars Jandreau along with Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott and Cat Clifford. While visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for her first feature, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” Zhao connected with a group of Lakota cowboys, including Brady, and wrote “The Rider” around his “tragic and ultimately universal story.”

“Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, young cowboy Brady is warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a »

- Leo Barraclough

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Lawrence Gough interview: directing Doctor Who

25 April 2017 1:54 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Apr 27, 2017

How do you go about directing an episode of Doctor Who? We chat to Lawrence Gough, director of series 10's The Pilot and Smile to find out.

The first two episodes of the current Doctor Who run, The Pilot and Smile, were both directed by the same man. That man is Lawrence Gough, who comes to Doctor Who for the first time, having built up an impressive collection of TV credits following his low-budget horror feature, Salvage. In between the transmission of The Pilot and Smile, he chatted to us about his work on the show…

I’ve just been watching footage of you receiving a film award from Sean Connery back in 2009!

Yes! God, yes.

That was a Trailblazers award from the Edinburgh Film Festival eight years ago, and since then, you seem to have had quite a journey. Can you take us through it?

Yeah! »

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A Gentlemen’s Disagreement About ‘Free Fire’

25 April 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The One Perfect Pod crew reviews Ben Wheatley’s shoot-em-up.

For this week’s review, Matthew welcomes back Fsr chief film critic Rob Hunter to explore the films of director Ben Wheatley before diving into his latest, the gun deal gone wrong actioner Free Fire.

https://medium.com/media/f907d26337db1d1b412ae91fe0057639/href

Show Notes:

00:00:00 — Before the Credits

00:15:25 — After the Credits (includes spoilers)

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@OnePerfectPod) and Facebook (facebook.com/oneperfectshot). Subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, on TuneIn, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also follow host Matthew Monagle (@Labsplice) and guest Rob Hunter (@fakerobhunter).

We’d very much appreciate your feedback, as well. Leave us a review on iTunes or email us: pod@filmschoolrejects.com.

Thanks for listening!

A Gentlemen’s Disagreement About ‘Free Fire’ was originally published in Film School Rejects on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting »

- Film School Rejects

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Have Your Say: Which Film Has Most Unjustly Underperformed?

25 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The most enjoyable film I've seen so far this year is Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. There, I've said it. I loved it, and I left the theatre invigorated with a huge smile on my face. It's therefore with puzzlement that I read of its decidedly lukewarm reception at the American box office so far. Dammit, I was so sure this was going to be a certified hit for all involved! Of course films are works of art, rather than contestants in a running match. If I got to see a film and loved it, what should I care about its success with the masses, right? But here's the thing: financial success of a film gives all the people who entertained me a better chance to...

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Brie Larson Was Initially Wary Of Headlining Captain Marvel As Kevin Feige Teases “Firepower, Guts And A Great Story”

25 April 2017 7:18 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Brie Larson is attached to the title role, the origin story is in place, and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have signed on to direct – all that’s left now is for Captain Marvel to begin filming in the early stages of 2018.

It’s taken an awful long time – too long, perhaps – but Marvel is finally ready to unleash its first standalone superhero movie headed up by a woman. And they’ve arguably selected the perfect actress for the gig. Brie Larson broke on to Hollywood’s scene with a fierce, yet beautifully vulnerable performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room – a performance that bagged Larson the Academy Award in 2016, among many other prestigious accolades – and the actress has since gained a foothold in the realm of high-profile actioners thanks to Kong: Skull Island and, to a lesser degree, Ben Wheatley’s old-school Free Fire.

But as Brie Larson reveals to »

- Michael Briers

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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Boss Previews Lineup, Explains What Makes the Sidebar Special

24 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In his sixth year at the helm of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, former Liberation film critic Edouard Waintrop has seen his sidebar expand impressively on two fronts.

On one hand, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (as it’s called in French) has grown under Waintrop's reign into a launching pad for emerging talents in the world of genre filmmaking, with directors like Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room), Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Cold In July) and Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) premiering some of their earliest work there before moving on to bigger projects.

On the other hand, the Fortnight has »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Film Critics Pick the Best Movie Podcasts — IndieWire Critics Survey

24 April 2017 1:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best film (or film-related) podcast?

Neil Miller (@rejects), Film School Rejects

There are a great many podcasts in my life — from the ones I host to the ones hosted by close friends — so it’s hard to approach this subject without wanting to selfishly yell “One Perfect Pod!” Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s a real favorite: “The Mothership,” from the folks at USA Today. More importantly, it involves two of my favorite Twitter pals Brian Truitt and Kelly Lawler. Its mandate is broad, which means there’s video game and comics talk »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley Talks Movie Gunfights, Martin Scorsese & The Kinetic Action Of ‘Freakshift’ [Interview]

24 April 2017 1:20 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ben Wheatley, no doubt, has a twisted sense of humor. Just watch “High-Rise,” or, even, “Kill List” for further proof of his subtle dark comedy in the most twisted of situations. His latest film, “Free Fire,” is an ultra-violent action-comedy that features a barrage of bullets, zingy one-liners and, yes, even a little bit of slapstick added to the mix.

Continue reading ‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley Talks Movie Gunfights, Martin Scorsese & The Kinetic Action Of ‘Freakshift’ [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Free Fire: Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley Talks About Getting Dirty and Growing Facial Hair for the Film

24 April 2017 12:26 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

In the action-packed comedy Free Fire, two rival gangs are trying to kill each other merely yards away in a warehouse. They are hitting, missing and most importantly—taunting and hurling insults at each other.

This star-studded film has Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley and Armie Hammer in this shoot-em up style film. It is directed by Ben Wheatley.

Lrm had a sit-down interview with actors Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley for Free Fire. We had a fun discussion about the uncomfortable atmosphere of acting on the ground with bullets and explosions. And most importantly, growing the 1970s facial hair to fit the part.

Free Fire is in theaters everywhere.

Check out the interview below.

Source: Exclusive to Lrm »

- Gig Patta

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Brie Larson Pulls Some Strings in ‘Free Fire’ [Interview]

24 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s more than meets the eye with some of the characters in Free Fire. They can reveal shades of humanity you wouldn’t immediately expect at the start of Ben Wheatley‘s action-comedy. Some characters, on the other hand, like Vernon (Sharlto Copley), can be chalked up to “what you see is what you get.” That’s not the case […]

The post Brie Larson Pulls Some Strings in ‘Free Fire’ [Interview] appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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This is How Smalltime Filmmakers Go Big

24 April 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Box OfficeNot everyone needs to jump into a blockbuster.

You could say that Free Fire is a box office flop, but I wouldn’t. The first Ben Wheatley movie to hit American suburbs in its opening weekend is an achievement of exposure in spite of what it actually grossed. Sure, its estimated $1m debut is only a third of what Variety claimed it was on track to make, and for a movie reportedly budgeted somewhere between $7m and $10m, that’s a low start. Its per-screen average is not even in the four digits. But, hey, it’s Wheatley’s biggest opening yet, and that’s the right track.

At a time when many decent smalltime filmmakers are being snatched up for ginormous projects immediately after receiving some indie-sized acclaim, it’s great to see guys like Wheatley and Nacho Vigalondo take gradual steps upward. Vigalondo’s latest, the $15m-budgeted monster movie Colossal has also grossed just »

- Christopher Campbell

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Martin Scorsese and Ben Wheatley on 'Free Fire,' Gunfights and Crime Flicks

24 April 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Stop us if you've heard this one before: A group of criminals meet up for a gun deal. It goes bad – very bad. And the rest of the story, you ask? "Doesn't matter!" Martin Scorsese exclaims, laughing. "You don't need it. We're beyond that now." The burly, bearded man sitting next to him – British director Ben Wheatley – wholeheartedly agrees. "There's only, like, 12 characters in this movie anyway," he adds. "There are no twists, because it's either going to be that one or that one or that one. So what's the point? »

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Podcast Preview

24 April 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Vertigo,’ ‘Free Fire,’ and Much, Much More

This week on the One Perfect Podcast Channel we have a score of great shows coming up.

First off, Matthew Monagle is joined by critic Tomris Laffly to discuss — what else? — Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy. If you don’t know the format, Monagle and his guest discuss the film both before and after seeing it, weighing expectations against reality. The result is a review show unlike every other, and one you have to check it out.

Then on Shot by Shot, the cinematography podcast hosted by myself and One Perfect Shot creator Geoff Todd, we’re talking about a film many consider to be the greatest ever made, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which was shot by the Master of Suspense’s favorite Dp, the great Robert Burks.

Then there’s Neil Miller’s The Big Idea, the »

- H. Perry Horton

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‘Free Fire’ Misfires at Loaded Indie Box Office

23 April 2017 11:43 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A24 has enjoyed immense success with small-budgeted, limited release films like “Moonlight,” but the studio took a different approach this weekend with Ben Wheatley’s shoot-em-up “Free Fire,” opening the film in a targeted release of 1,070 screens. Unfortunately for A24, the results have not been what they were hoping for. The film — which features Martin Scorsese as executive producer and stars Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley as a group of black market arms dealers who whip out their guns when a sale goes south — got decent reviews with a 66 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. But “Free Fire” »

- Jeremy Fuster

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