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‘It’ to Pass ‘The Exorcist’ as Highest Grossing Horror Film Ever
Warner Bros.’ runaway horror hit “It” will pass “The Exorcist” on Wednesday to become the highest domestic grossing horror film of all-time. Upon its initial release in 1973, “The Exorcist” grossed $193 million domestically, followed by an additional $39.9 million from two director’s cut releases in 2000 and 2010, for a total of $232.9 million. “It” currently has $228.4 million after adding $4.2 million on Monday and $5.3 million on Tuesday. The movie should easily pass “The Exorcist” record this week — as early as Wednesday night. “It” is the highest grossing R-Rated film of 2017 so far. While expected to »
- Jeremy Fuster
Linda Hamilton to Return to ‘Terminator’ Franchise
Arnold Schwarzenegger is also on board to reprise the role of the cyborg he made famous more then 30 years ago. The sequel will be produced by Skydance and series creator James Cameron. The upcoming film will mark the first time that O’Connor, Schwarzenegger, and Cameron will be working together on the franchise since the 1991 smash “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
- Justin Kroll
Jake Lamotta Dead, Real-Life 'Raging Bull' Boxer 'Fought Til the End'
Boxing legend Jake Lamotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95. Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia. Another family member tells TMZ, Jake's condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last »
- TMZ Staff
Toronto: Horror Film 'The Ritual' Sells to Netflix for $4.75 Million (Exclusive)
19 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
A source pegged the deal at $4.75 million, which would make it one of the top deals of the Toronto market (I Love You, Daddy to The Orchard and I, Tonya to Neon/30West — both for $5 million — slightly eclipsed the Ritual price tag).
The Ritual made its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8 and immediately drew the interest of buyers including Lionsgate, Annapurna, IFC and Saban Films.
- Tatiana Siegel
Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry
Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.
Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review
Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).
In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »
- Anne Thompson
Director of Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer Over Comment to L.A. Times
Farhad Safinia, the screenwriter and director of The Professor and the Madman, has just filed a lawsuit that is anything but ordinary. In California federal court, he alleges that he never came to a deal to shoot the picture and that Voltage Pictures is committing copyright infringement with respect to the movie about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary that stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Plus, he's asserting defamation.
Icon claims that Gibson was entitled to sign-off on »
- Eriq Gardner
Wild Bunch Boss Vincent Maraval Causes Stir With Tweets Aimed at AIDS Drama ‘Bpm’
Wild Bunch boss and co-founder Vincent Maraval has sparked a backlash after firing off tweets perceived as homophobic upon learning that Robin Campillo’s AIDS drama “Bpm ( Beats per Minute)” was chosen to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar category. Maraval had backed Michel Hazanavicius’s “Redoutable,” which had been shortlisted by France’s Oscar committee and is being sold by Wild Bunch.
A prominent but divisive figure in the French industry, Maraval has cultivated a reputation for brashness for more than two decades through splashy declarations in the press and personal clashes with French officials and institutions such as UniFrance. Reacting to an article published in “So Film” – a magazine co-owned by Wild Bunch – on the selection of “Bpm” on Tuesday, Maraval tweeted (with several spelling mistakes) that he had “the uncomfortable sensation of being f—–.”
He followed that up with another tweet saying that Campillo’s gay-themed film “turned me over,” an »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Collider Podcast: Episode 107 – Tiff 2017
This week on The Collider Podcast, we've got a bonus episode of the pod discussing the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. We talk about where the Oscar race stands post-fest, the biggest disappointments, the best surprises, the highs and lows, the films we loved the most, and more. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider Podcast below; click here for the previous episode ("It and mother!"); and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leave us a positive review on iTunes along with your hottest movie take. We'll be … »
- Matt Goldberg
‘Ferdinand’ Trailer: John Cena’s Bull Is a Lover, Not a Fighter
A new trailer for Blue Sky Studios' animated animal adventure film Ferdinand is now available for your viewing pleasure. The story tells of the title character, a big but friendly bull who wants nothing to do with bullfighting and will do everything he must in order to get back home to his friends and family. It's fitting that John Cena gets to voice the lead in this film and he's clearly invested in its message, as you can see in this new trailer. Cena himself appears alongside his animated counterpart in this video, along with his fellow cast … »
- Dave Trumbore
‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Gets a Dark Coming-of-Age Horror Series From the Creators of ‘Riverdale’
Following the success of the deliciously dark “Archie” adaptation, “Riverdale,” the CW will continue its collaboration with Archie Comics to deliver “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” a horror-flecked coming-of-age tale for the teenage witch. The new series will be led by powerhouse TV producer Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Dawson’s Creek”) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasta, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics.
Per the official synopsis: “‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ reimagines the origin and adventures of ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Exorcist,’ this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”
Read More:‘Riverdale’ Review: Weird ‘Archie’ Update is an Exciting Blend of The CW’s »
- Jude Dry
Judi Dench Is Sbiff’s 2017 Kirk Douglas Award Winner
The awards machine is in full effect and that means a slew of new lifetime achievement awards are on the horizon. The latest honoree? None other than Dame Judi Dench who will be awarded the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award in Excellence on Nov. 30th.
The 100-year-old Douglas, who attended the annual ceremony up until just a few years ago, said in a statement, “I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name.
- Gregory Ellwood
“I Wouldn’t Be Able To Do It Again”: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Making ‘mother!’
The unpacking of “mother!” continues, as fans and foes continue to discuss the film’s biblical and environmental themes. Darren Aronofsky‘s movie is a molotov cocktail to the standard fare at the multiplex, and an undeniably intense cinematic experience, no matter where you opinion ultimately falls on the picture. And as you might guess, making it was no walk in the park, and for Jennifer Lawrence, once was enough.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘mother!’ is the Smartest Comedy of 2017
Reviews for “mother!” have called it everything from “sickening” to “a berserk feast of filth,” but the most shocking thing about Darren Aronofsky’s wildly divisive new movie is that it’s hilarious. You wouldn’t expect to laugh so much during a movie that includes more disturbing Wtf moments than you can count, but “mother!” shatters expectations. As A.O. Scott puts in his review for the New York Times: “Don’t listen to anyone who natters on about how intense or disturbing it is; it’s a hoot!”
Aronofsky is the farthest thing from a comedic filmmaker. Take one look at “Requiem for a Dream” or “Black Swan” and you’re more likely to recoil from shock and discomfort than crack up. “mother!’s” grand statements on the history of humanity and its relationship to the Earth make it a successor to “The Fountain” and “Noah,” but Aronofsky’s »
- Zack Sharf
Key West Film Festival Works to Rebuild Community After Destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
While the major venues of the Key West Film Festival luckily made it through both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with little damage, the rest of the community the festival calls home did not. To that end, the annual event — which bills itself as “Passion Meets Paradise” — is working towards assisting in rebuilding efforts around the Key West area.
In a new call for action, the festival’s Founder and Chairman A. Brooke Christian, recalls why Key West inspired the festival to begin with, sharing, “Six years ago, we committed to Key West to host our film festival because of the vibrancy and tenacity of its people. And in this time of great adversity, that strength and resilience is more powerful than ever. But recovery and rehabilitation will not come easily. It will require an incredible amount of assistance and outside support. I implore you to do what you can to help… »
- Kate Erbland
Every Movie We Saw at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
Another Toronto International Film Festival has been resigned to the dust, and it is time for us to look back on it and remember all the great (and not so great) films we witnessed there. Truth be told, this year’s fest was slightly less exciting than last – the films were good, and some were even […]
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- Chris Evangelista
‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Trailer: “Dad, She Hears Everything You’re Saying”
Films from streaming services that premiered at Cannes and are headed to the New York Film Festival are having their day. After the trailer for Amazon/Roadshow’s Wonderstruck landed this morning, Netflix has released its full trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), the pic from writer-director Noah Baumbach that stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. The film revolves around three adult siblings (Sandler, Stiller and Elizabeth Marvel)… »
Stephen Frears Talks ‘Victoria & Abdul,’ Working With The “Brilliant” Judi Dench
For all the gentility and good natured humor in the work of filmmaker Stephen Frears the 76-year-old director was a bit more reserved in our interview during the Toronto International Film Festival for the debut of his new movie “Victoria And Abdul.” Set in the late 1800s “Victoria & Abdul,” centers on the untold story of the hush-hushed relationship and special bond between an aged Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her Indian servant, Abdul Kareem (Ali Fazal).
- Jordan Ruimy
Venice Winner ‘Nico, 1988’ Acquired By Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Nico, 1988, the biopic of sorts of the sometime-Velvet Underground lead singer that was written and directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli. The pic both opened and won the Horizons competition at the Venice Film Festival, and now Magnolia is planning a 2018 theatrical release. Danish actress-singer-songwriter Trine Dyrholm stars as Nico, the Andy Warhol discovery who sang lead vocals on several tracks of Vu’s 1967 debut album… »
British cinema's gender imbalance worse in 2017 than 1913, says BFI study
BFI’s new Filmography survey shows 31% of actors cast in films produced 104 years ago were women, with 2017’s figure 30%
In the century or so since the birth of British cinema, moviegoers have enjoyed the advent of sound, colour, 3D, and pick’n’mix. But according to an exhaustive new survey of film history, the industry’s historically lopsided gender balance has barely changed.
In “depressing” statistics released as part of the BFI’s Filmography of British film on Wednesday, 31% of actors cast in films produced in 1913 were women; in 2017 the proportion is actually lower despite increased public attention, at 30%.
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- Mark Brown Arts correspondent
Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Gets Magical New Trailer (Watch)
The new clip travels through two different eras — 1927 and 1977 — and follows two deaf children who secretly wish their lives were different. In the earlier time period, Rose (Millicent Simmonds) begins a quest to find her idol, actress Lillian Mayhew (Julianne Moore). Fifty years later, Ben (Oakes Fegley) searches for his father in New York.
In his Cannes Film Festival review, Variety’s Owen Glieberman praised Haynes’ direction, writing, “For a while it plays like two movies in one, and Haynes is so on his game in staging each of them that the »
- Rebecca Rubin
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