Michael B. Jordan Says He’d Do a ‘Creed’ Sequel
“Creed” ended up being a pleasant surprise at the Thanksgiving box office, so a sequel to the continuation of the Rocky Balboa franchise isn’t too crazy an idea — and star Michael B. Jordan would be down for it.
In an interview with the Associated Press posted Saturday, Jordan said he would be game to returning to play Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis.
“A character so rich as this, and the world he’s in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does,” Jordan said. “Especially the way it ends off, it’s pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back and work with (co-stars) Sly (Stallone) and Tessa (Thompson) again.”
“Creed” ended up bringing in a solid profit after opening on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, scoring $42.6 million. With its economical budget of $35 million, »
- Alex Stedman
'Mockingjay' #1 On Thanksgiving, 'Creed' & 'Good Dinosaur' Feast on Seconds
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 topped the Thanksgiving weekend box office holding off all newcomers, which included Pixar's newest release, The Good Dinosaur. The weekend doesn't end with Katniss Everdeen's repeat effort, however, as Warner Bros. finally has something to brag about once again with the impressive opening of Creed while Fox's Victor Frankenstein becomes one of the worst wide release openings of all-time. Beginning at the top, Mockingjay Part 2 scored an estimated $51.6 million for the three-day weekend, signifying only a 49.7% drop. Should these estimates hold, Part 2 will be the only film in the Hunger Games franchise to drop less than 50% in its second weekend. The film is still playing well behind all of its predecessors, but its clearly a massive hit for Lionsgate as it has now crossed $440 million worldwide Coming in second is Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, a story that will be interesting to see play out in the media. »
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Starline to sell Chapman Brothers feature
UK sales outfit Starline Entertainment has boarded international sales rights to Jake Chapman’s feature The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, which Sky Arts aired as a four-part series in June.
Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena) star in the surreal romantic fiction from artist Chapman, one half of the Turner prize-nominated artistic duo, The Chapman Brothers.
Adapted from his novel of the same name, Chapman’s story is a parody of Mills & Boon-style romantic fiction.
The film follows a young woman who finds herself in an Alice In Wonderland-type dream world after her wealthy surgeon fiancé gives her a mysterious tropical island as a wedding gift.
The feature had a screening at the »
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Latin America: Up Next! Sandino Saravia’s Double Win
With his Malbicho Cine partner Rodrigo Pla’s “A Monster of a Thousand Heads” opening Venice’s Horizons sidebar and his Brazilian co-production “Neon Bull” by Gabriel Mascaro snagging a Venice Special Jury Prize this year, producer Saravia, 37, has reached a career high.
“I never aspired to write or direct, I always wanted to be a producer,” he said.
While a mass comm. student majoring in the audiovisual arts at Uruguay’s Catholic U, he started producing his classmates’ shorts. After graduating, he partnered with Elena Roux of Laroux Cine to co-produce Juan Pittaluga’s 2005 Cannes Critics Week entry, “Orlando Vargas” and 2007 Cannes Un Certain Regard selection, “The Pope’¡s Toilet,” by Cesar Charlone and Enrique Fernandez.
He then formed an Uruguayan-Mexico axis with Pla, with Malbicho Cine in Uruguay and Buenaventura Cine in Mexico, producing Pla’s third pic, “The Wait,” under their Buenaventura Cine banner.
While always on the lookout for new talent, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Latin America: Up Next ! Esteban Ramirez on Raising Social Issues
Costa Rica’s most renowned helmer, Esteban Ramirez has repped his country twice at the Foreign Oscar race. His acclaimed feature debut “Caribe” was the first-ever Costa Rican entry to the Foreign Oscars race, in 2005, and now his prison drama, “Presos,” which participated in the 2014 Ventana Sur work-in-progress showcase, Primer Corte, repeats the honor next year. All three of his pics – he made HBO Latino pickup “Gestacion” in between – are airing back-to-back on local television, marking rare and unprecedented support for homegrown cinema, which still has no film law support.
It was his father Victor Ramirez’s 1975 documentary “Los Presos” (“Prisoners”) that inspired him to make films. “I was only about 12 or 13 and it made a huge emotional impact on me,” he recalls. It informs his work to this day as he seeks to make films that have mass appeal, but that also deal with the complex social issues of Costa Rica’s society. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Carrie Fisher on Star Wars Lord’s Prayer ad ban: 'People should get a life'
Star Wars actor, who recently completed filming on The Force Awakens, says banned advert for Christianity is not offensive
The 60-second advert was due to be shown before new episode Star Wars: the Force Awakens. But it has been turned down by Digital Cinema Media (Dcm), which represents leading chains Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, despite being passed by the Cinema Advertising Authority and the British Board of Film Classification.
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- Ben Child
The Night Before: the first turkey of the festive period
Christmas did not come early this year. Or at least it didn’t come early for The Night Before, even though it’s a Christmas comedy getting its Us release a week before Thanksgiving. I guess most of the country felt the same way as I did; that the time was not yet ripe for Yuletide frivolity, and stayed well away. Maybe its numbers will rise the nearer we get to the holidays, and the further away from the national mood of incoherent anger and wet-eyed panic in the wake of the Paris attacks, but on the comedic evidence available I can’t see that happening.
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- John Patterson
Film Review: ‘The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young’
Affording armchair athleticism at its finest, “The Barkley Marathons” provides a possible world-record-setting gap between viewers’ pleasure in watching the action on screen and their likely extreme disinclination toward emulating it. The titular event is an annual endurance footrace in rural Kentucky so arduous, so downright daft in certain regards, that only 20 people managed to finish the course in its first quarter-century of existence. Following the 2012 competition, Annika Iltis and Timothy Kane’s debut feature documentary finds plenty of rooting interest and colorful characters in a competition whose willful perversity brings an inevitable, generous side helping of gallows humor. It opened at Los Angeles’ Downtown Independent on Nov. 27 for a week’s run, amid scattered one-off theatrical dates, and after picking up several audience awards at festivals. Long-term popularity among running enthusiasts in home formats is assured.
Founded by locals Lazarus Lake (aka Gary Cantell) and Raw Dog (aka Karl »
- Dennis Harvey
Russian Film Director Eldar Ryazanov Dead At 88
One of the iconic Russian movie directors from the Soviet era, Eldar Ryazanov, has died. He was 88. According to Russian news agency reports, Ryazanov died at a Moscow hospital of cardiac failure following a lengthy illness. Born in Samara in 1927, Ryazanov, who originally wanted to be a writer, wrote or co-write many of his movies. He became one of the Soviet Union’s biggest hitmakers of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Ryazanov’s very first narrative film, the 1956 Carnival i… »
Film Review: ‘Honey Night’
Macedonia’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film measures the lingering psychic cost of an authoritarian body politic in the hyper-vigilance of a deputy minister and his wife during one long night officially earmarked for celebration. Inspired by a novel by Czech writer Jan Prochazka (previously filmed by Karel Kachyna in 1970’s “Ucho”), this sinus-clearing satire from writer-director Ivo Trajkov is set in the early 1990s, when the country broke with the Communist Yugoslav Federation to become an independent republic. Cleverly switching between noir thriller and absurdist black comedy in a way that throws into relief the perils of conformity and paranoia in a transitioning state, “Honey Night” offers hope for the clarifying power of art, if not necessarily for the future of Macedonian democracy.
Set in the Macedonian capital of Skopje in the early 1990s, this boisterously savage black comedy unfolds around two seemingly unconnected causes for celebration. A »
- Ella Taylor
Review: 'The Walking Dead' Season 6, Episode 8, 'Start To Finish': Ghost Town
Previously: Review: 'The Walking Dead' Season 6, Episode 7, 'Heads Up': Balloonatics Whose Episode Is It? It's the mid-season finale, so the gang's all here except for Daryl, Sasha and Abraham. They're still driving back from their romantic excursion. But everyone else is on hand to deal with the walker horde invading Alexandria. Little Town, It's A Quiet Village Of course, when I say "everyone," I just mean the regulars, since Alexandria seems basically deserted when the walkers come pouring in, save for all our familiar faces. Remember Tobin, the friendly Alexandrian who was helping Rick brace the walls just last episode? At the beginning of "Start To Finish," there's a shot of Rosita, Tara and Eugene helping Tobin up, but the next time we see those guys, Tobin has vanished. Did he die? Is he safe? Who knows? Save for Deanna and the Andersons (who might as »
- Jeff Stone
'Tharlo' wins top prize at Tokyo Filmex
The jury said of the film: “a simple concept, that a man seeks an identification card and loses track of himself, is beautifully made into cinema.” The Grand Prize came with a cash award of $6,000 (Y700,000).
Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang’s Behemoth, about coal miners in Inner Mongolia, was awarded the special jury prize, which came with a cash award of $2,500 (Y300,000).
Special mentions went to Dark In The White Light, from Sri Lanka’s Vimukthi Jayasundara, and Japanese director Okuda Yosuke’s The Dork, The Girl And The Douchebag.
Hong Kong director Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest won the audience award, while the Talents Tokyo Award 2015 went to Lau Kek Huat’s Malaysia-Taiwan co-production A Love To Boluomi.
Headed by Busan International Film Festival director Lee Young-kwan, the »
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Review: 'The Affair' Season 2 Episode 9 Takes Everyone's Side
Checking InEasily one of the best things about the "The Affair" is that structurally, it always, always keeps us guessing. Whether it's by switching the order of perspectives, adding new points of view or abandoning the Part 1/Part 2 set-up entirely, creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi never let themselves or viewers get too comfortable with the established formula. This week, "The Affair" is broken up not by points-of-view, but by hours, as all four central characters experience the same pivotal day in their lives completely separately. How that affects the show's previously established quality of acting and writing becomes the new question at the center. Previously: Review: 'The Affair' Season 2 Episode 8 Preys Upon Nostalgia She SaidFirst, Alison's story: Around noon of the day in question, a hurricane is bearing down on the New York coast, and Alison is cleaning out the fridge when she begins to experience labor pains. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
The Most Twisted Home Alone Theory About John Candy You'll Ever Hear
Leave it to the internet to turn a family classic like Home Alone into something slightly more sinister, with the right amount of subtext. Case in point, a recent fan theory has posited the possibility that Gus Polinski, the Polka King of the Midwest, is none other than the devil himself. Yes, you read that correctly, the leader of the Kenoska Kickers is theorized to be Old Scratch himself. At least, this is what a user from Reddit has to say, as they've examined a pivotal scene in the 1990 blockbuster and broken it down to a point where a little supernatural thinking is all that it takes to turn the film's ending into the result of a satanic negotiation. Apparently, Kate McCallister's declaration of selling her soul to the devil himself, in order to be with her son, was paid in full . as John Candy's character is allegedly what's »
Review: 'The Leftovers' Season 2 Episode 9 'Ten Thirteen' Builds Suspense With Answers
Well, hello there Evie! Tom may not know who you are — thus lacking any grasp on the magnitude of his discovery — but we sure do. And boy, do we have a few questions for you. Much like last season's penultimate episode ("The Garveys at Their Best"), "Ten Thirteen" provided a lot of background we didn't know we needed. Meg got her time to shine after only a single brief (but memorable) appearance earlier in the year, starting with her life-changing lunch the day before the departure, then running us all the way up to present day. Meg has not only gone Awol from the Guilty Remnant, but is orchestrating a violent "reminder" for October 14 — and only Tom can stop it. With a surprising number of cast members cleverly and carefully integrated into Meg's story, "Ten Thirteen" unveiled a threat possibly more potent than what caused Season 1's fiery finale. More importantly, »
- Ben Travers
Review: 'Homeland' Season 5 Episode 9 'The Litvinov Ruse' Isn't Much of a Trick
Immediate Reaction"Maybe you will live." So said the kind cousin of Quinn's not-so-kind "friend" after jabbing him with an antidote (of sorts) for the sarin gas about to be tested on "the American." Well, technically, he was right, but for our purposes we may as well drop the "maybe." Quinn (Rupert Friend) might go down, but he's not about to bow out without more merit behind his death. Quinn will survive, but boy oh boy will he be mad when he wakes up. The same lack of surprise can be applied to this episode's "A" story, as no one thought all the time we've devoted to Allison (Miranda Otto) would climax with her being arrested by German officials. Ivan (Mark Ivanir) may have panicked and admitted defeat, but even when he bluntly said, "We fucking lost," audiences knew better. Progress was made in Episode 9, and seeing Saul and Carrie »
- Ben Travers
How Michael B. Jordan Feels About Making More Creed Movies
Warning: Spoilers for Creed are in play. Bookmark this page, and come back after you've seen the film. With a solid third place opening, and a resounding 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, Creed is on the road to becoming a champion after all. Of course, this will re-kindle talks about turning the Rocky spin-off into a full fledged franchise, and Michael B. Jordan is more than welcome to the prospect. During a recent interview, Jordan was in full effect as his rebound effort after the disaster that was Fantastic Four has proven to be a good step in the right direction for the up-and-coming actor. So naturally, the following remarks to the Associated Press aren't that surprising, as the actor stated the following angle for future installments: A character so rich as this, and the world he's in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does, especially »
Animal Rights Documentary, ‘Tyke Elephant Outlaw’ Acquired by Netflix
Streaming giant Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “Tyke Elephant Outlaw,” an Australian-made documentary about an escaped circus elephant.
The film focuses on an animal which in 1994 broke away from captivity in Honolulu and killed its trainer. In doing so, it sparked a debate about the use of animals as entertainment, which recently resulted in a change in the law in Hawaii.
The film last week had three performances at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
“Tyke” was directed and produced by leading Australian documentary filmmakers Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore, and co-produced by Megan McMurchy. It was produced with financial assistance from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and Voiceless. It is distributed by ABC Commercial and documentary specialist Dogwoof.
“Like the classic animal rebellion film ‘King Kong,’ Tyke is the central protagonist in a tragic but redemptive drama that combines trauma, outrage, insight and compassion,” said Lambert.
The film has been »
- Patrick Frater
Mexico, Singapore Reveal Co-Production Treaty Plans (Exclusive)
Singapore — Mexico has submitted a memorandum of understanding to Singapore “to foster links with Singapore in film co-production,” Rogelio Granguillhome, the Ambassador of Mexico to Singapore, told Variety.
“The Media Development Authority of Singapore is working on the draft and is assessing our proposal and we are waiting for a reply from them, I hope soon,” said Granguillhome.
The ambassador also revealed that the Singapore film industry has displayed keen interest in working with Mexico and two co-production films are waiting for the treaty to be signed in order to commence production.
Granguillhome was speaking on the sidelines of a panel discussion on Nov. 28 as part of the Singapore International Film Festival’s Spotlight on Mexican Cinema. Panelists included Cristina Velasco, director of production at the Instituto Mexico de Cinematografia, and filmmakers Javier Espada, director of the documentary “Following Nazarin,” and Celso García, writer/director of the Guillermo del Toro »
- Naman Ramachandran
‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ Can’t Break Thanksgiving Box Office Records
The final “Hunger Games,” Pixar’s look at the Jurassic age and the return of Rocky didn’t pack a big enough punch to break records at the Thanksgiving box office.
However, the combined ticket sales of “Mockingjay – Part 2,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed” did outpace last year’s holiday by 12%. Overall domestic receipts clocked in at $257 million between Wednesday and Sunday, according to Rentrak. That pales in comparison with Thanksgiving 2013, when “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen” powered ticket sales to $293.7 million, establishing a high-water mark.
In fact, this year’s five-day figure and its three-day weekend total both rank as the fifth-biggest Thanksgiving for the domestic box office. In addition to 2013, this year falls short of 2012 (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” “Skyfall”), 2009 (“Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The Blind Side”) and 2010 (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”).
Most analysts expect that this will be the first »
- Brent Lang
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