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'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1

'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1
The weekend's new releases all outperformed expectations with both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves placing in the top three. However, neither was able to topple Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend and in the process passed Skyfall to become Sony's fifth-highest grossing film ever. Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivered a chart-topping $20 million as the film's domestic cume climbs over $315 million. The film's international cume added another $32.6 million this weekend as its worldwide total now stands at $767.8 million, moving it into the top 80 all-time. In second place Warner Bros.'s release of 12 Strong narrowly edged out its new release competition finishing ahead of the $15 million the studio anticipated heading into the weekend, grossing an estimated $16.5 million. The film received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which was made up of 55% males vs. 45% females and of that audience,
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Sundance: ‘Colette’ Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street

Sundance: ‘Colette’ Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street and 30West have partnered to buy “Colette,” a drama about the famous French writer that stars Keira Knightley following the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The deal is said to be in the mid-seven figures. The companies are said to be eyeing a traditional theatrical release at some point in 2018. It marks the first significant acquisition of this year’s festival — a market that’s been moving at a glacial pace with buyers complaining that the slate is arty and lacking in commercial heft.

“Colette” co-stars Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough. It was directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). The film follow Colette as she emerges as the toast of Belle Epoque society with her sexually charged Claudine novels. At the same time, Colette struggles to be recognized for her work. Her husband, the writer Willy, takes credit for the novels.

In a largely favorable review, Variety’s [link
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PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List

PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List
Updated with final results: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water solidified its status as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in a season where there are several, taking home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton. On the TV side, a pair of streaming series rookies — Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale — came away with marquee honors. Del Toro, who won the Best Director Golden Globe already…
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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018

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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018
Ondi Timoner’s 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, “We Live in Public,” will become a feature film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jonah Hill as Josh Harris, the dot-com millionaire who carried out a surveillance experiment with 150 residents at a Manhattan hotel amid Y2K panic.

Bold Films will finance the project, which Timoner will produce with Stiller’s Red Hour Films. Timoner announced the project during an interview at a January 20, Dell-sponsored panel, “Life After Sundance — Building a Career in Indie Filmmaking.”

Timoner also briefly discussed “Mapplethorpe,” her just-completed biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe with “The Crown” star Matt Smith in the lead. She said Sundance accepted the film for the 2018 festival, but it hit “a bump” that prevented its screening.

Read More: Portraying Chaos: Ondi Timoner’s “We Live In Public” (Sundance ’09)

Red Hour Films CEO Nicky Weinstock told IndieWire that “We Live In Public” will be penned
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Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening

Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening
Exclusive: This year’s secret screening is director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's Tully, a comedy which is their second collaboration with Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. The Focus Features release opens on April 20. In Tully, Theron plays Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to accept the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and…
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‘Get Out’ Producers Wanted Jordan Peele to Play TSA Agent Rod

‘Get Out’ Producers Wanted Jordan Peele to Play TSA Agent Rod
“Get Out” producer Sean McKittrick says he failed to convince writer-director Jordan Peele to take a pivotal role in his $250 million-grossing debut. “We tried to force him — not force him, but we tried to encourage him to play the part of Rod that was ultimately played by Lil Rel [Howery],” said McKittrick during a panel at the Producers Guild of America Nominees Breakfast on January 20.

Read More:Producers Guild Nominations Snubs and Surprises: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘I, Tonya’ Make the Grade, ‘Phantom Thread’ Doesn’t

Peele, then best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key and Peele,” declined, stipulating, “‘The moment the audience sees my face, they’re not going to take [the film] seriously,'” said McKittrick, a partner at QC Entertainment. “He knew from the get-go how to keep the tone, which was very thin-ice throughout, it could veer off at any moment.”

In the film, Tsa agent Rob rescues his
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Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)

Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)
Ethan Hawke deserved to kick back after making the rounds for two films at Sundance Friday night, “Blaze,” which he wrote and directed, and “Juliet, Naked,” which he stars in. But Lena Waithe and Issa Rae did anything but that at Showtime’s party at the IMDb Studio for Waithe’s new series “The Chi.” How is Nic Cage so cool? Remember, he is a Coppola. Before a midnight screening of “Mandy,” on Friday night (Jan. 19), Cage and Kevin Smith held the early lead for one of the top shots of the festival so far. What are the Black Eyed Peas doing...
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Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal

Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal
Exclusive: Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s new take on the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden has found its director. Marc Munden will helm from a script penned by Jack Thorne. Shooting starts in the spring with Studiocanal fully financing. David Heyman will produce via his Heyday banner with the company’s Rosie Alison producing alongside him. The picture will be out to cast soon. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, the story centers on Mary Lennox, a…
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Sundance: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Be the Toast of the Fest

Sundance: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Be the Toast of the Fest
RBG, the documentary about her life and legacy that first screens at Sundance on Jan. 21 — could be the toast of the fest. "Millennials are big fans of hers," says Julie Cohen, who directed the film along with Betsy West. "What they love about her is the contrast between her seriousness of purpose and her lighter side."

Having embraced the hip-hop moniker Notorious Rbg (originally bestowed upon her by an NYU law student), Ginsburg doesn't shy away from the notoriety...
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Juliette Binoche Receives UniFrance’s French Cinema Award

Juliette Binoche Receives UniFrance’s French Cinema Award
Following the footsteps of Isabelle Huppert, critically-acclaimed French actress Juliette Binoche received UniFrance’s French Cinema Award during a ceremony hosted at France’s Culture Minister in Paris.

Binoche, who’s just wrapped the shoot of Olivier Assayas’s “Non Fiction,” was celebrated by UniFrance’s new president Serge Toubiana and managing director Isabelle Giordano and several filmmakers she has worked and bonded with over the years, such as Claire Denis, Jean-Jacques Rappeneau and Danièle Thompson.

The actress was honored for her contribution to making French cinema shine abroad. Binoche remains one of the rare French actresses who have earned global recognition, including in the U.S. where she won an Oscar for her performance in “The English Patient” and earned an Oscar nomination for “Chocolat.” A passionate and thoughtful actress, Binoche has been praised for making consistently good career choices and taking roles that push out of her comfort zone, such as [link
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'Valerian' Lifts French Film Abroad in 2017

'Valerian' Lifts French Film Abroad in 2017
Despite the international box office disappointment of Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the sci-fi epic ushered in a stellar year for French film abroad.

Foreign ticket sales nearly doubled from 2016 with Valerian leading the charge, to 80.5 million admissions worldwide. While the highly anticipated movie was a let down for both French cinema promoters and the company’s bottom line, the film sold 30.6 million tickets and raked in $209 million (€170.9 million) worldwide.

Overall the increase in sales translated into $572.5 million (€468 million) for the French foreign box office, a jump of...
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Dp Kirsten Johnson on Filming the Kronos Quartet Documentary A Thousand Thoughts

Kirsten Johnson was among the most in-demand documentary DPs even before her much-celebrated 2016 film Cameraperson. Johnson has shot more than 50 films for such directors as Laura Poitras, Alex Gibney and Kirby Dick. Her latest film, A Thousand Thoughts, is a doc on the Kronos Quartet from directors Sam Green and Joe Bini. The film will be presented at Sundance as a “live documentary” with Green narrating live and the Quartet conducting the score in person. Before its premiere, Johnson spoke with Filmmaker about finding innovative ways to film a concert and how a shot from Cameraperson wound up in A […]
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‘Bright’ Featurette: Netflix Takes You Behind the Scenes of Its Most Popular Movie

Bright has already set records at Netflix, shooting to the top of the streaming platform’s highest-viewed movies, and quickly getting picked up for a sequel. But that doesn’t mean Netflix’s promotional train is stopping any time soon. A new featurette for Bright takes you behind-the-scenes of David Ayer‘s urban fantasy starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as the human/orc cop […]

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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Review: Satire with a Sledgehammer | Sundance 2018

With his debut feature Sorry to Bother You, writer-director Boots Riley shows he’s a filmmaker with a lot of potential and a lot on his mind. It’s a movie of staggering ambition, angling to be a modern-day version of Putney Swope as it tackles race, assimilation, labor, capitalism, but also expands to include the media, art, entertainment, and more. It’s a lot, and that’s before you even get to the absurdist reality where the movie dwells. There are aspects of Sorry to Bother You that work extraordinary well, but overall, the film gets crushed …
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Carey Mulligan Shines In Emotionally Distant ‘Wildlife’ [Sundance Review]

Sometimes actors can really direct. Case in point, Paul Dano. Having worked with masters of the form in his short but impressive career, Dano seems to have learned a lot from the likes of Steve McQueen, Denis Villeneuve, Paul Thomas Anderson and Rian Johnson. One would easily think that the 35-year-old actor, now turned filmmaker, looked closely and attentively at these filmmakers at work to prepare for his eventual debut, “Wildlife.” The result is a precise, controlled, but perhaps emotionally distant adaptation of Richard Ford’s short novel.

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‘Mandy’ Review: Nicolas Cage’s Twisted Riff on ‘John Wick’ is a Gnarly Acid-Trip [Sundance]

‘Mandy’ Review: Nicolas Cage’s Twisted Riff on ‘John Wick’ is a Gnarly Acid-Trip [Sundance]
A primal, psychedelic rage-scream of a movie, Mandy takes a while to get going, but once it does, it delivers exactly what fans are hoping for: Nicolas Cage fully unleashing the beast within and absolutely wrecking people with a giant axe and a chainsaw. It’s just a shame it doesn’t get to the blood-soaked revenge […]

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‘The Happy Prince’ Review: Oscar Wilde is a Depressed Loner in Rupert Everett’s Humorless Biopic — Sundance 2018

‘The Happy Prince’ Review: Oscar Wilde is a Depressed Loner in Rupert Everett’s Humorless Biopic — Sundance 2018
Most people know Oscar Wilde as the preeminent source of British wit, a high-society raconteur whose plays and novels epitomize what it means to be the life of the party. That characterization recedes to the shadows in “The Happy Prince,” in which Rupert Everett directs and stars as the flamboyant literary giant at the end of his life. Anyone expecting Wildean banter will be sorely disappointed — think more of an autobiographical spin on “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” than “The Importance of Being Earnest” — but it’s Everett’s formidable investment in the role that rescues the movie from being a total letdown. Nevertheless, “The Happy Prince” largely amounts to a bland rumination on Wilde’s lesser-known decline.

Read More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

The drama mostly takes place in 1867, shortly after Wilde was released from prison for “indecency with men.
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‘Sorry to Bother You’: Armie Hammer Explains His Character from Sundance’s Craziest Debut

‘Sorry to Bother You’: Armie Hammer Explains His Character from Sundance’s Craziest Debut
To explain Boots Riley’s new film “Sorry to Bother You” is a daunting task (IndieWire’s Eric Kohn takes a stab at it in his review), but Armie Hammer has a solid, surprising idea of who his character in the film is.

Talking at the IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox, Hammer explained what made the role a particular and exciting acting test.

“It’s a guy who doesn’t consider himself a fanciful, crazy character. He is 100% enmeshed in his own reality and believes that what he’s doing is totally logical,” Hammer said. “And so the more illogical and crazy it is, the bigger a challenge it is to take on that role and be like, ‘No, this guy makes a lot of sense.'”

Read More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

“Sorry to Bother You” comes from first-time
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Natalie Portman Says She Experienced ‘Sexual Terrorism’ as a 13-Year-Old in Hollywood — Watch

Natalie Portman Says She Experienced ‘Sexual Terrorism’ as a 13-Year-Old in Hollywood — Watch
Natalie Portman has her own #MeToo story. Speaking at yesterday’s Women’s March, the Oscar winner said that she experienced “sexual terrorism” when she was 13 years old and that the first fan letter she ever received was a “rape fantasy” from a man.

Read More:Scarlett Johansson Calls Out James Franco at the Women’s March: ‘I Want My Pin Back’

Portman came to attention at a young age, beginning with her role in “Léon: The Professional” and continuing with the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. “A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday — euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with,” she said onstage yesterday. “Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to
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‘Jumanji’ At $768M Ww Intensity & 4th #1 In A Row Overseas; ‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Debuts – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Sony's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle kept on swinging this weekend, remaining king of the international box office for the 4th consecutive frame with another $32.6M on board. The global drumbeat has now reached $767.8M with $450.8M of that from overseas. The Jake Kasdan-helmed update on the 1995 Robin Williams classic had some rock-solid holds this session, although it faced stiff competition in China where a handful of new entrants was led by…
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