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Box Office: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Dominates With $40 Million

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is heading for a solid $40 million opening weekend at 4,003 North American sites, estimates showed Saturday.

The third weekend of horror blockbuster “It” continues to scare up impressive business with a projected $30 million at 4,007 locations, followed by the launch of Warner Bros.’ animated comedy “The Lego Ninjago Movie” with about $21 million at 4,047 locations — well under recent forecasts. Still, with three films over $20 million, the overall box office represents a continued rebound for the movie business following a dismal late summer.

Independent horror movie “Friend Request” is showing little traction in its launch weekend with an estimated $2.2 million at 2,550 venues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Stronger,” a biopic on Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, is opening with a moderate $1.6 million at 574 sites for Roadside Attractions.

Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is performing in line with expectations, two years after “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The sequel brings back original stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth »

- Dave McNary

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson

22 September 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.

Director Rian Johnson took to Instagram to reveal that post-production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been completed, 19 months after shooting began.

Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."

It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »

- Graeme McMillan

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Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’

22 September 2017 3:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A judge on Friday denied director Farhad Safinia’s request to seize and destroy a producer’s cut of “The Professor and the Madman,” the Mel Gibson film about the Oxford English Dictionary.

Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed a lawsuit accusing Voltage of defamation and copyright infringement, and asked for a restraining order to block Voltage from shopping the film to distributors.

But in her ruling Friday, Judge Consuelo Marshall rejected the request, saying Safinia had not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of the dispute. Safinia claims that he owns the copyright to the September 2016 version of the screenplay, and that he never subsequently assigned the rights to Voltage.

Voltage counters that Safinia had already given up his copyright to earlier drafts of the film’s screenplay under a “work made for hire” agreement, and »

- Gene Maddaus

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Gal Gadot Parts Ways With Manager (Exclusive)

21 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gal Gadot has parted ways with management company Untitled Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

After her fan-favorite turn as Themysciran princess Diana in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Israeli actress took center stage in Wonder Woman, the most successful movie of the summer, a lone bright spot that saw director Patty Jenkins shatter box office records for female filmmakers on the way to earning more than $800 million worldwide.

Gadot will return as Wonder Woman in the DC Comics team-up Justice League and has signed on for the Wonder Woman sequel. In addition, she’s »

- Rebecca Sun

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Oscars Overhaul and Open Up Foreign Language Voting Process

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In advance of what is expected to be a record year for entries in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, the Academy has made significant changes in the voting process used to select nominees. In a Thursday afternoon email to all Southern California-based members of the Academy, the organization used the subject line “Come see the world with us!” and invited the members to “help us choose the next foreign language film award nominees,” also linking to a page that described the new voting system. In the biggest change, the color-coded screening groups have been eliminated. In the past, »

- Steve Pond

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Viola Davis leads mission to bring diversity to Hollywood

49 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Oscar winner and her husband Julius Tennon explain why the Us film industry’s diversity crisis can only be fixed from within

Actor Julius Tennon is thrilled to be appearing alongside his Oscar-winning wife, Viola Davis, in the new season of her hit show How to Get Away with Murder. It is rare they work together on screen. Off screen, however, the power couple have a joint mission: to change the face of Hollywood by increasing diversity across the industry.

Related: Hollywood still excludes women, ethnic minorities, Lgbt and disabled people, says report

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- Lucy Rock

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Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture

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Blazing Saddles” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this current “stupidly politically correct” climate.

The Oscar winner discussed PC culture in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, calling it “the death of comedy.”

“No, no, I mean maybe ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Maybe a few. But never ‘Blazing Saddles,’ because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy,” he said when asked if he thinks he could get films like “Blazing Saddles,” “The Producers,” or “Young Frankenstein” made today. “It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering into the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.”

Blazing Saddles,” a Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, starring »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Neo Yokio’ Voice Cast: A Visual Guide to Who Played Whom in New Netflix Animated Series

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: This post contains very minor spoilers for Season 1 of “Neo Yokio.”]

Netflix has a fascinating track record with animation, taking big chances especially with adult-aimed series like “BoJack Horseman” and “F Is for Family” over the last few years. Its latest venture, “Neo Yokio,” looks nothing like either of those series — instead, it draws its visual inspiration from decades of anime as it brings us into the futuristic world created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

What does give “Neo Yokio” something in common with its Netflix sisters is its A-list voice cast, which features an eclectic but overall critically acclaimed group of actors, including Jaden Smith as young demon hunter Kaz, who just wants to be the most eligible bachelor in town, despite the growing sense that things might not be what they seem in this society.

Who are the other famous faces behind the scenes? Below is an illustrated guide to all of Neo Yokio’s VIPs.


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Star Wars’: Ron Howard Shares “Dangerous And Desperate” Photos From Han Solo Movie Set

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ron Howard continues to leave a trail of Twitter/Instagram breadcrumbs that will eventually lead the highly anticipated Star Wars standalone Han Solo movie. He posted two photos, with similar captions about shooting a scene about “desperate and dangerous times.” One dusty and hazy photo features what might be wreckage from a spaceship and silhouettes of unknown characters while the other seems to be on the same planet with explosions going off in what seems to be a… »

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Han Solo Movie: Ron Howard Teases ‘Desperate and Dangerous Times’ in Photos

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s “desperate and dangerous times” in the galaxy far, far away.

Director Ron Howard teased the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff early Saturday morning with a dreary image from the upcoming film.

“Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy,” Howard captioned a foggy set photo, prompting fan theories that the photographed scene is set on Kessel, a planet known for its spice mines.

Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy pic.twitter.com/AtNZPOkzFO

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 23, 2017

The speculation comes after the director shared another image on Wednesday captioned, “Spicey?”

Spicey? pic.twitter.com/dLhop8S60T

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 20, 2017

He also posted a different picture with the same cryptic caption on Instagram.

Howard took over as director after the movie’s original helmers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired, after clashing with producer/Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Ken Burns Video Essay Breaks Down the ‘Tremendous Public Value’ of the ‘Vietnam War’ Director’s Approach — Watch

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Vietnam War,” which began airing on PBS last weekend, is very much a Ken Burns documentary: It’s 18 hours long, covers one of the most significant events in American history, and takes an exhaustive look at its subject. Burns’ films on everything from baseball and jazz to Prohibition and the Central Park Five have earned him many admirers, to be sure, but detractors as well. A new video essay makes a case for the nonfiction stalwart by arguing in favor of his approach to covering history.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the Pow Section of the Documentary

“Even though I’m not American, I have always admired Ken Burns and the way he captures American history,” intones the narrator. He singles out the filmmaker’s use of still photography and individual stories and defends Burns against the accusations »

- Michael Nordine

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Harry Knowles Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Austin Woman Two Decades Ago, and Drafthouse Owners Didn’t Take Action

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An Austin-area woman said Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles sexually assaulted her at an Alamo Drafthouse event — but the reason she’s speaking out now is she believes change is coming.

Harry Knowles groped me, opportunistically, on more than one occasion,” said Jasmine Baker. “I cannot just stay silent. I am not interested in remaining silent.”

In 1999-2000, Baker was familiar with Knowles and his website, as they often attended the same Drafthouse events. Baker was at a Drafthouse event when Knowles rubbed up against her buttocks and legs in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. While she was initially willing to consider it an accident, on a later occasion he rubbed up against her again; she confronted him about his behavior, and made it clear that he did not have her consent to touch her in any manner. “He just giggled about it,” she said. »

- Kate Erbland and Dana Harris

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‘mother!’: Take This Quiz to Find Out If You’ll Love or Hate the Year’s Most Divisive Movie

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“mother!” has been testing viewers’ sensibilities since screening at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where it was met with largely favorable reviews. Since opening in more than 2,300 theaters last week, however, it’s proven unappealing to multiplex audiences. Darren Aronofsky’s hotly debated thriller earned a rare “F” CinemaScore and stumbled at the box office, with many apparently finding it too strange, dense, or otherwise unlikable.

Read More:Why ‘mother!’ Was a Box Office Flop, But Deserves Your Respect — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Might you be one of them? A new quiz is here to help you figure that out. Created by Vulture, the 15-question test asks a range of questions, from the straightforward (“Do you like movies?”) to the elliptical (“That same person quotes ‘Infinite Jest’ at you later in bed, then laughs ruefully and says, ‘I’ve read that book 40 times and I still feel like I’m learning from David. »

- Michael Nordine

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‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts’ Review: Don Hertzfeldt Does it Again

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Any number of superlatives have been hurled at Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow” — this critic listed the 16-minute short as one of the 10 greatest films of the 21st Century — but perhaps the highest compliment it’s received is that nobody ever really asked for a sequel. Well, maybe that’s not true, maybe Hertzfeldt has actually spent the last two years being hounded by fans who wanted more of a movie they loved, but I’ve watched the original more times than is medically advisable, and the thought never occurred to me.

That’s because “World of Tomorrow” is a truly perfect thing, an immaculate eruption of ideas that’s contained within a closed loop of continuous delight (click here to rent it right now). Conceived as an excuse for Hertzfeldt to teach himself the basics of digital animation, written around unscripted recordings of his four-year-old niece, and ultimately »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Fuller House’ Creator Says the Olsen Twins Really Aren’t Coming Back: ‘I’ve Given Up Asking Them’

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We can all agree that, for all its many merits, “Fuller House” has one fatal flaw: a distinct lack of Olsen Twins. Neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley has chosen to reprise the iconic role of Michelle Tanner, whose antics helped make the original “Full House” such a hit and launched the sisters’ subsequent careers; in a new TVLine interview, the Netflix reboot’s creator says he’s resigned himself to the fact that it’s never going to happen: “Personally, I’ve given up asking them,” explains Jeff Franklin.

Read More:‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Eviscerates Manipulative Sitcoms Like ‘Fuller House’ By Making One of Their Own

“The door is open, but I’m not going to be calling them anymore to invite them,” continues Franklin. “They just don’t seem interested in coming. It’s been three years of invitations, so they know the door is open. It »

- Michael Nordine

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Order Within The Chaos: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Obsessions

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Darren Aronofsky has more or less become a cinematic fixture within the last decade. The writer/director is an intense filmmaker whose stories are as expansive as his style; an Aronofsky spectrum. Cinephiles and film goers alike are voicing their reactions for his latest film, “mother!” and that reception is basically a binary explosion of opinion on social media. You either adore it or detest it, or are just completely baffled by what Aronofsky has put on screen.

Continue reading Order Within The Chaos: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Obsessions at The Playlist. »

- Julia Teti

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Director Doug Liman Opens Up About The American Made Crash Deaths

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Director Doug Liman has finally opened up and addressed the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of two American Made crew members. Here's what he had to say. »

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‘1922’ Review: ‘The Shining’ Meets ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ in the Year’s Most Impressive Stephen King Adaptation — Fantastic Fest

4 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Netflix-produced “1922” has jolts of violence and sweeping period details, but in a year overrun with Stephen King adaptations, it’s also the simplest of them: “It” features a ludicrous shapeshifting clown, “The Dark Tower” is an inter-dimensional sci-fi western fantasy, and “Gerald’s Game” has kinky sex gone wrong and a giant goal. In “1922,” a guy kills his wife and feels guilty about it. That’s the gist of its premise, and while nothing groundbreaking, the story mines a degree of profundity out of the traditional supernatural thriller tropes at its core.

Read More:‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Takes James Corden Inside the Red Room on ‘The Late Late Show’ — Watch

As directed by Zak Hilditch (whose 2013 debut “These Final Hours” was an expressionistic apocalyptic tale), “1922” (originally a King short story) has the merits of a solid “Tales From the Crypt” or “Masters of Horror” episode, with a »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-The-Scenes Clips Take Us to a Stylized Future

4 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Blade Runner 2049 is getting closer and closer to its release date, yet much of the film is still shrouded in secrecy. In an era where most high-profile films have almost their entire plot-lines spoiled before they hit theaters, it’s fairly impressive that director Denis Villeneuve and company have managed to play things so close to […]

The post ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-The-Scenes Clips Take Us to a Stylized Future appeared first on /Film. »

- Chris Evangelista

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‘Jane’ Trailer: Brett Morgen’s Acclaimed Jane Goodall Doc Has Adorable Monkeys, Which Is Really All You Need to Know — Watch

4 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

National Geographic has released the trailer for “Jane,” one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the Toronto International Film Festival — and potentially the year. Brett Morgen’s film about Jane Goodall was described by IndieWire’s Kate Erbland as “the definitive portrait of Goodall, one that is also remarkably accessible and almost unbearably tender.” Also, there are monkeys, so what are you waiting for?

Read More:Jane Goodall’s Remarkable Career Gets a Much-Deserved Documentary in Revelatory ‘Jane’ — Tiff Review

Here’s the synopsis: “‘Jane’ is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzania in the 1960s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. »

- Michael Nordine

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