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'Lego Batman' Tops Presidents' Day Weekend, 'Great Wall' Leads Newcomers

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The Lego Batman Movie topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, holding off a trio of newcomers led by Universal's The Great Wall. Fellow new releases, Fist Fight and particularly Fox's A Cure for Wellness, fizzled in their respective debuts as the start of 2017's Presidents' Day weekend saw the top twelve come in 47% behind last year. While that was mostly to be expected, it's a rather significant dip as 2017 is currently pacing 10.4% behind 2016's yearly grosses. With an estimated $34.2 million, WB's The Lego Batman Movie finished #1 by a considerable margin, dropping 35.4% and raising its domestic cume to $98.7 million after ten days in release. The film should top $43 million for the four-day weekend, pushing it over $100 million by end of day Monday. Internationally, Lego Batman is up to $72 million after bringing in an estimated $21.5 million from 62 markets this weekend elevating its worldwide total over $170 million. »

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

18 February 2017 10:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

La La Land” and “Game of Thrones” walked away with top film and television honors at the 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night.

Finding Dory” won the theatrical animated prize, while “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” took the documentary award. Other television winners included “Modern Family” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Previous recipients include Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Bill Condon, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

La La Land” is nominated for the sound mixing Oscar this year, along with “Arrival,” Cas nominee “Hacksaw Ridge,” Cas nominee “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won sound mixing Emmys last year.

Full list of Cas Awards winners below.

Motion Picture – Live Action

La La Land

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Tops $3.2M, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Opens at $1M – Specialty Box Office

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This holiday weekend’s Specialty box office is mostly quiet with debuts while key Oscar nominees are keeping their zest. At over $3.2M, Magnolia Pictures' documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, in its third weekend of release, has pulled ahead in cumulative gross of all but a few 2016 non-fiction releases. Pantelion/Lionsgate's Spanish and English romantic-comedy Everybody Loves Somebody bowed with a 3-day take of $1M in 333 theaters, by far the most for a new specialty… »

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff

17 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll […]

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- Angie Han

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‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves

17 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In another setback for the superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed.

A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary.

The news comes after star Ben Affleck stepped down as director in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Shazam’: Superhero Movie Eyes ‘Lights Out’ Director

17 February 2017 2:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lights Out” director David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct New Line’s “Shazam” superhero movie.

Lights Out,” based on Sandberg’s short film, was a breakout success last summer for New Line with the horror film grossing nearly $150 million on a $5 million budget. Several months before the release of “Lights Out,” New Line hired the Swedish filmmaker to direct “Annabelle 2,” which will be out in August.

Shazam first appeared in 1939 as Captain Marvel in comic books published by Fawcett Comics as a creation of artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker. He is the alter ego of teenage Billy Batson, who becomes the superhero when he says the word “Shazam!” — an acronym for the gods of the ancient world with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

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‘Last Jedi’ Title Translations Reveal There Are Multiple Jedi

17 February 2017 2:37 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The international titles for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” appear to confirm that said “Jedi” are in fact plural. The official Star Wars twitter accounts of France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and more revealed the titles in their respective languages — all of them calling out multiple Jedi. Because of this development, we now know that the title is supposed to mean more than one Jedi, as in, Luke and Rey… and maybe even more of masters of the Force.

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- Umberto Gonzalez

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Kevin Smith Will Still Release ‘Clerks 3’ and ‘Mallrats 2’ in Some Form

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Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Hollywood could be sued for discrimination against female directors

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report concludes that Us film industry is guilty of discrimination against female directors, and plans to take action against studios

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Eeoc) – a federal Us agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination – looks likely to take legal action against major Hollywood studios.

According to Deadline, the body is currently in talks to resolve charges that studios systemically discriminated against female directors. A source is quoted as saying: “Every one of the major studios has received a charge contending that they failed to hire women directors.”

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- Catherine Shoard

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'Toni Erdmann' wins top prize from International Cinephile Society

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German comedy wins five awards, including best picture and director.

Toni Erdmann won five awards from the 14th International Cinephile Society on Sunday (19 Feb).

The film won best picture, best director for Maren Ade, best actor for Peter Simonischek, best original screenplay and best foreign film.

Other big winners included Isabelle Huppert, who won best actress for Elle, Andre Holland (Moonlight) and Lily Gladstone (Certain Women) in the supporting actor categories, and Elle again for adapted screenplay.

The Red Turtle won the animated film prize and Fire At Sea won best documentary.

The awards also honoured films that critics saw in festivals but did not get a theatrical release in 2016, including The Lost City Of Z, Brothers Of The Night and The Death Of Louis Xiv.

The International Cinephile Society was formed in 2003 and is made up of around 100 journalists, film scholars and other industry professionals. »

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Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz Moves Forward on Five Feature Slate (Exclusive)

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Berlin-based director Karim Aïnouz, a driving force in Brazil’s cinema build, has set a slate of projects to be produced, among others, by director Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) and Brazil’s two most prominent producers, Rodrigo Teixeira (“Call Me By Your Name,” “Patti Cake$”) and Fabiano Gullane (“The Second Mother”).

Director of 2014 Berlin competition player “Futuro Beach,” Aïnouz is also planning also to co-direct a movie with Marcelo Gomes, whose “Joaquim” world premiered in Berlin competition last week. Aïnouz is already in production on a documentary for Arte.

Though totally disparate in film type, the five movies show a common preoccupation: To map out the revolutionary forces, for good and bad, shaping Aïnouz and forging the contemporary world.

Reuniting Aïnouz and Gomes, “Clandestinos” underscores a sense of urgency running through most of Aïnouz’s projects. The directors’ prior film together, 2009’s “I Travel Because I Have To, I »

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Berlin: 'The Other Side Of Hope' tops Screen's final jury grid

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Aki Kaurismaki’s latest was tops pack of Berlinale competition titles.

The final scores have now been submitted for Screen’s 2017 Berlin jury grid and the winner has been crowned.

Reigning atop the pile of competition titles is Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope, which clocked an impressive average rating of 3.7 from a possible four stars from Screen’s jury of international critics.

A late entrant was Liu Jian’s Have A Nice Day, which landed in second position on the Grid’s final day with 3.3 (though three scores were not submitted).

The final day’s other new title was Calin Peter Netzer’s Ana, Mon Amour, which scored a middle-of-the-pack 2.2 (with two scores not submitted).

Rounding out the overall top three was Sebastian Lelio’s early pace-setter A Fantastic Woman, which clocked 3.0, and Hong Sang-soo’s On The Beach At Night Alone, also on 3.0.

Propping up the grid was Marcelo Gomes’s Joaquim, on 1.2 (with »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Silver linings playback: will Jack Nicholson's return inspire film's dormant veterans?

2 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The role of an eccentric dad in Toni Erdmann has persuaded the Hollywood heavyweight to make his first movie since 2010. Which of his retired peers are also due a comeback?

Related: Jack Nicholson set to come out of retirement for Toni Erdmann remake

So it turns out that Jack Nicholson might un-retire himself and return to the big screen with a Us remake of the recent German hit Toni Erdmann. Before he stopped working in 2010 – after the toothless James Brooks flop How Do You Know – Jack was offering one interesting performance per decade, down from a tally of about one every nine months in the 1970s. But perhaps Erdmann – an eccentric weirdo who creates a bewigged alter ego to try to reconnect with his daughter – is a meaty enough role to rescue his acting talent, now long marooned in lukewarm romantic dramas.

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- John Patterson

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Kim Dotcom Loses U.S. Extradition Appeal, But Claims Victory In Copyright Ruling

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New Zealand's High Court has partially upheld an earlier decision that Megaupload co-founder Kim Dotcom and three of the site's other co-founders are eligible for extradition to the U.S. The High Court said today that there are grounds for Dotcom and co-defendants Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited under "general criminal-law fraud" provisions. However, the court overturned another part of a lower court's December 2015 ruling, saying the… »

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Why Moonlight should win the best picture Oscar

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Benjamin Lee makes the case for Barry Jenkins’ heartfelt and artful look at the life of a black gay man in America

An all-too-frequently used response to the call for increased diversity on screen is based around a rather defensive notion. It’s that a piece of entertainment may be enjoyably consumed without the need for unequivocal identification with the characters being viewed. Just check out the comments section of any article arguing for a more varied set of narratives from Hollywood.

Related: Why La La Land should win the best picture Oscar

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Angelina Jolie speaks out on 'difficult' Brad Pitt divorce for first time

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Actor says ‘we are and forever will be a family’ in emotional BBC interview before screening of new Cambodia film

Angelina Jolie has spoken out for the first time since she filed for divorce from Brad Pitt last year, announcing it had been a difficult time but adding “we are and forever will be a family”.

“It was a very difficult time,” Jolie said, appearing visibly upset. “Many people find themselves in this situation … My whole family have all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children.”

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Search engines, creative industries launch new scheme to fight piracy

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UK initiative sees Google and Bing working with rights holders.

A new UK initiative which aims to reduce the availability of pirated films, music and TV through search engines has been launched.

Google and Bing, the Motion Picture Association, the Alliance for Intellectual Property (representing a wide range of rights holders) and BPI (the trade body for the UK music industry) have signed up to the agreement.

The voluntary ‘code’ will aim to speed up the demotion of sites hosting illegal content and will see increased technical consultation and information sharing, for example in improving autocomplete suggestions.

The goal is to make it much less likely that users are presented with pirated film, TV or music when using search engines.

The agreement follows a series of government-chaired roundtables involving the Intellectual Property Office (Ipo), the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Dcms) and Ofcom.

The agreement is in addition to current anti-piracy measures, including court ordered »

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Beatriz Setuain Named Director of Mediapro Distribution Arm Imagina International Sales

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Beatriz Setuain, a well-regarded Spanish sales executive, has been named director of Imagina International Sales, the overseas distribution arm of the Mediapro Group, one of the biggest independent TV companies based out of southern Europe.

She replaces Laura Miñarro, appointed early February as director of co-productions and scripted content at international distributor Eccho Rights.

Previously serving as Iis sales manager, Setuain returned to the company in 2016 after heading up international sales at Lagardere Studios’ Madrid-based Boomerang TV. She had been head of Iis cinema division for over 2008-2013 and a member of the sales team at Prisa-owned Sogepaq, a breeding ground for now top Spanish executives,  from 2002 to 2007.

Setuain will report to Laura Fernandez Espeso, director of international content at Mediapro.

As part of a Iis management team reorganization, executive Esther Agraso has also been promoted to head of sales.

Both executives’ promotions form part of a Mediapro’s strategy, »

- Emiliano De Pablos and Jamie Lang

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Tell us your alternative Oscar nominees ahead of the awards

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We’d like you to nominate a film or performance the Academy may have overlooked. Tell us who gets your vote and why

As La La Land, Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight battle it out for Oscar glory, we’d like you to tell us which films deserve a special mention this year.

Although the Golden Globes produced a couple of surprises earlier this month – including Damien Chazelle’s musical picking up just five awards, not the expected 14 – we’ll all have heard, and likely already seen, this year’s nominees.

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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards

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Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” earned the top two sound editing awards Sunday night at the 64th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, while Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Disney’s “Moana” took musical and animation honors. “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble,” meanwhile, captured the documentary award.

Hacksaw Ridge” now becomes the favorite to beat “La La Land” in the Oscar battle.

TV winners included “Westworld” (for both long form and short form FX/Foley), “The Night of” “Part 1 The Beach,” “Penny Dreadful III” “Ebb Tide,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The Filmmaker and Career Achievement Awards were presented to Guillermo del Toro and Harry Cohen.

64th Mpse Golden Reel Award Highlights:

Best Sound Editing In Feature Film – Dialogue / Adr

Hacksaw Ridge

Crosscreek Pictures

Directed By: Mel Gibson

Produced By: Bill Mechanic, »

- Bill Desowitz

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