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Box Office: ‘No Escape’ Runs Off With $1.2 Million on Wednesday

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

No Escape” kicked off its box office run with $1.2 million on Wednesday.

The action thriller is being distributed by the Weinstein Company and is expected to bring in $11 million over its first five days in theaters. The indie label picked up the film for roughly $5 million from Bold Films. It stars Owen Wilson as an American whose family gets embroiled in a violent coup in a Southeast Asian nation. Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan co-star, with John Erick Dowdle directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother Drew.

Reviews for the picture have been lukewarm, with critics handing it a 42% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Two additional films are opening Friday in wide release, faith-based drama “War Room” and the disc jockey romance “We Are Your Friends,” but neither one is expected to beat “Straight Outta Compton.” The N.W.A biopic is expected to top charts for the »


- Brent Lang

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Ridley Scott Says 'Prometheus 2' Is His Next Film

27 August 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At this rate, all we need is a formal announcement from 20th Century Fox, because it really does look like "Prometheus 2" is happening very soon. Rumors first surfaced earlier this month when it was reported that production would begin in January, and a couple of weeks later there was chatter that Ridley Scott was insisting to the studio that his movie be made first before Neill Blomkamp's "Alien 5."  Now comes word from the man himself that he's returning space following "The Martian." Empire recently got the chance to talk to Scott and Matt Damon about their upcoming "The Martian," and when talked turned to the release date of the film being moved ahead (it was originally scheduled for next spring), an interesting revelation surfaced. “Ridley was done with the movie about two weeks after we shot!” Damond said about the director's cool-under-fire reaction to the change. “I was »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mormon Comedy ‘Once I Was a Beehive’ Gets National Release

27 August 2015 6:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Main Dog Productions’ faith-based family comedy “Once I Was a Beehive” has been set for a nationwide release next month by Purdie Distribution, Variety has learned exclusively.

Main Dog, led by director-producer Maclain Nelson, has also signed a deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films for digital and streaming later this year.

“Beehive” has launched theatrically in more than a dozen cities in Utah, where it was shot. Purdie handled 2013’s “The Saratov Approach,” the real-life story of two Mormon missionaries who were kidnapped and tortured in Russia in 1998, and saw domestic grosses top $2.1 million.

Nelson, who produced and starred in “Saratov,” directed “Beehive” from his own script about a 16-year-old girl, played by Paris Warner, who is still mourning the death of her father when her mother marries a Mormon man. She attends a girls’ camp with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and meets others who have undergone similar stressful experiences. »


- Dave McNary

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‘Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words’ Cannes Docu Lands At Rialto Pictures For Fall Run

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Rialto Pictures has acquired North American theatrical rights to Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words, the feature-length documentary about the the film icon which played the Cannes Film Festival in May. The pic, which premiered there to celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday, received a special mention at the Cannes awards and its subject was everywhere you turned on the Croisette — Bergman’s face was on the fest’s official poster. The doc, written and directed… »


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Fest Hit 'The Second Mother' Brings Success--and Pain

27 August 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscilloscope opens the film this Friday. Brazilian Anna Muylaert started as a critic and television and film writer; she originally wrote the script for "The Second Mother" 20 years ago, intending to direct it as her first feature. But she went on to shoot "Durval Discos" (2001) instead, and seven years later, made "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," followed by "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" and finally, she overhauled and updated the script for her fourth film, "The Second Mother." The Brazilian Oprah, Regina Casé, wasn't willing to smoke cigarettes for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," but was happy to take on the juicy role of Val, a live-in domestic in São Paulo whose life is thrown into disarray when her grown daughter Jessica arrives from Val’s hometown to study for her college entrance exams. The understood boundaries that rule Val's life with her employer Bárbara (Karine »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Borderlands’ Videogame Movie in Works at Lionsgate

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Lionsgate is developing a tentpole movie based on the videogame “Borderlands,” with producers Avi and Ari Arad.

“Borderlands,” launched in 2009, is a role-playing first-person shooter videogame created and developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K label. More than 26 million copies of the game have been shipped worldwide, including 8 million during Take-Two’s 2015 fiscal year, which ended March 31.

The game is set on the frontier of a sci-fi universe — the planet of Pandora — which has been abandoned by a mega-corporation prior to the game events.

Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad have been involved in the creation of the film franchises for Iron Man, Spider Man, The Amazing Spider Man, X-Men, Ghost Rider and Blade.

Lionsgate made a major push last year into videogames when it named Nerdist Industries CEO Peter Levin as president of interactive ventures and games.

“Part of our strategy in entering »


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Polish Court Sets Date For Roman Polanksi Extradition Hearing

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A Polish court has set September 22 as the date for Roman Polanski’s next extradition hearing. The move is the latest in a decades-long attempt by U.S. Justice Department officials to have the now-82-year-old filmmaker extradited to the U.S. to carry out a sentence first issued in 1977 after he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old during a photoshoot for French Vogue. Polanski is expected to appear before a judge at the new hearing after U.S… »


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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'Hala,' 'The Esquire,' 'When the Well Runs Dry,' or 'The Friendless Five'?

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The winning filmmaker will become a candidate for August Project of the Month. That winner will be in the running for Project of the Year. The four projects up for this week's Project of the Week are listed below (with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers). You can vote at the bottom of the page. Hala: A Muslim-American girl faces the tensions between faith, family and sexual exploration. The Esquire: Nearing the end of his life, a defrocked guru from the 60's lures the son he's never met into creating a film about his extraordinary and bizarre life. When the Well Runs Dry: After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, embark on a journey of reconciliation.  The Friendless Five: Two polar-opposite sisters must come together to track down an historic treasure before it falls into the wrong hands. Voting will end Monday, »

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10 Highlights From the Indiewire TV Team's Reddit Ama, from 'The Leftovers' Season 2 to 'The X-Files'

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Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers, informally known as Team TV here at Indiewire, spent a couple hours on Reddit today to talk to fellow TV fans about, well, anything. Read More: 2015 Fall TV Preview: 21 New Shows You Need to Know Redditors posed questions ranging from TV viewing rituals, to the amount of time Liz and Ben spend watching television, to opinions of Season 2 of "The Leftovers. Here are some of the highlights. You can take a look at the entire thread here. Best show on TV, not on a major network? Ben: Though I'd be hard-pressed to define what qualifies as a "major network" these days, I'm a fan of "Catastrophe" on Amazon and "Kingdom" on DirecTV Audience Network. Liz: Yeah, the "major network" thing is a really hard one to define. But I'd say "BoJack Horseman" on Netflix also doesn't get a lot of attention. And if you enjoy period dramas, »


- Jessica Cariaga

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 28; What Will You See?

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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 28. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide No Escape Director: John Erick Dowdle Cast: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Sterling Jerins, Spencer Garrett, Byron Gibson, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Claire Geare, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Damian Mavis, Kimia Sun, Dollar Tan, Jimmy Chhiu, Bonnie Zellerbach, Sam B. Lorn, Suphornaphat Annie Jenselius, Hiroyuki Kobayashi Synopsis: "In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (8 reviews) War Room Director: Alex Kendrick Cast: Priscilla Evans Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore, Jadin Harris, Tenae Downing Synopsis: "The family-friendly movie explores the transformational role prayer plays in »


- Steve Greene

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Dirty Dancing lake had the time of its life, but now it's all dried up

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It seems that Mountain Lake in Virginia – now nothing more than a reddish-brown pit – shows little regard for human intervention or Hollywood nostalgia

Seven miles up a winding road in Pembroke, Virginia, sits the Mountain Lake Lodge, an imposing 1930s stone building that looks out over a manicured lawn peppered with cabins. The hotel is instantly recognizable to fans of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing as Kellerman’s Resort, the luxurious summer retreat where the precocious Frances “Baby” Houseman meets hunky dance instructor Johnny Castle and romance ensues.

Mountain Lake Lodge is proud of its fame, and has preserved its history to the delight of thousands of fans who flock to the resort each year to visit Dirty Dancing landmarks on the property, like Housemans’ white latticed bungalow (now called “Baby’s Cabin”), the dining room featuring the famous “no one put Baby in the corner” table, and the spot where Johnny smashes his car window. »

- Susan Harlan

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Watch: Forbidden Love Leads to Tribal Warfare in Exclusive 'Tanna' Trailer

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Read More: Venice Critics' Week Announces Lineup of Debut Features Filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler explore love and warfare on a remote South Pacific island in their upcoming drama, "Tanna," which will premiere during the Venice International Film Critics' Week. The film is based on a true story and is performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.  The official synopsis reads: "'Tanna' is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief's grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intense on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe." Watch the exclusive trailer below, and checkout the film's gorgeous debut poster below. Read More: Venice »


- Zack Sharf

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Watch: It's Will Graham vs. Hannibal Lecter 3 Times Over, In 3 Different 'Red Dragon's

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Read More: 'Hannibal' Canceled by NBC, But Bryan Fuller Hopes to 'Dine Again' In case you weren't aware, NBC's "Hannibal" is only the latest of many adaptations from Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon." It is, however, the first to appear as a television series. And what "Hannibal" also has in common with two other adaptations -- the 1986 film "Manhunter" and the 2002 film "Red Dragon" -- is its remarkably faithful interpretation of the scene in which Will Graham visits the imprisoned Hannibal Lecter for advice on his latest case, looking to see into the mindset of a killer to help him catch one. Commercial editor Matthew Morettini intercut the three different interpretations of the novel's conversation to create one cleverly compiled sequence. Each version of the encounter -- down to the dialogue -- remains considerably faithful to the source material, allowing "Recovering the Mindset" to transition seamlessly »


- Jessica Cariaga

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How Quentin Tarantino Resurrected Ultra Panavision 70 for 'The Hateful Eight' Roadshow

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The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino's post-Civil War Western "The Hateful Eight." Shot on 65mm film with classic Panavision lenses in the widest aspect ratio of 2.76:1, this marks the first anamorphic 70mm theatrical release in nearly 50 years. The two-week roadshow engagement in 50 theaters (with the Cinerama Dome in contention for La, of course) will be the best holiday gift for cinephiles. "The Hateful Eight" will also pit three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson ("Hugo," "The Aviator," "JFK") in a shoot-out with Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who's going for a third Oscar in a row for his own frozen wilderness adventure, "The Revenant," from "Birdman" director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. (Both films are racing to the editorial finish line for a Christmas Day »


- Bill Desowitz

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Venice & Tiff Trailer: Sergei Loznitsa's Found Footage Documentary 'The Event'

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Arthouse heads and world cinema buffs likely know the name Sergei Loznitsa for films like "My Joy" and "In The Fog," but even they are likely having trouble keeping up with the director's prolific output. Last year he delivered the documentary "Maidan," and this year he's back with another, albeit one with a bit of a twist. Read More: Watch: Trailer For Sergei Loznitsa's Cannes Documentary About Ukrainian Protests 'Maidan' "The Event" finds Loznitsa using archival material to put together a found footage documentary about an attempted coup d'etat in Russia in August 1991. The trailer looks like a stirring assemblage of video, and a fascinating snapshot of a historical moment. Here's the full synopsis:  In August 1991, a failed coup d'état in Moscow by a group of communist reactionaries expedited the demise of the ailing Soviet Union. As the hammer and sickle that flew over the Kremlin was »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fortissimo Films Acquires International Sales Rights to San Sebastian World Premiere 'The Bride'

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Read More: Fortissimo Films Acquires Global Sales to China's 'Mountain Cry' Fortissimo Films has acquired international sales rights to Paula Ortiz's epic tragedy "The Bride," which will have its world premiere in the Zabaltegi section of the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival. The films is based on the play "Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)" from Spanish author Federico García Lorca. The official synopsis reads: "'The Bride' tells the tragic story of an illicit love triangle that is fueled by passion, yet ultimately doomed for disaster. The film follows the story of The Bride (Inma Cuesta), who marries The Groom (Asier Etxeandia) despite her growing desire for Leonardo (Alex García). Unable to ignore their unbreakable bond any longer, The Bride abandons her new husband and escapes into the forest with her true love. Upon discovering his wife’s disappearance, The Groom furiously pursues the lovers seeking a violent »


- Zack Sharf

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Spike Lee to get honorary Oscar 25 years after Do the Right Thing

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Director’s snub for 1989 film about racial tension in Brooklyn is considered by some to be one of the most glaring in Academy history

Spike Lee, the American director whose 1989 film Do the Right Thing was famously snubbed by the Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a quarter of a century ago, is to receive an honorary Oscar for his contributions to film-making.

Lee joins fellow honoree Gena Rowlands, known for her 1960s, 70s and 80s films with director husband Nick Cassavetes, who has twice been nominated for the Academy award for best actress but each time failed to take home the prize. Both will receive their statuettes at the Academy’s annual governors awards on 14 November at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.

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‘It Follows’ Director Responds to Quentin Tarantino’s Criticisms

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Earlier this week, Quentin Tarantino took a moment to critique one of this year’s surprise horror hits, It Follows. “It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great,” he started, before going on to explain how he would’ve fixed it. (Short version: Tarantino didn’t think the film […]

The post ‘It Follows’ Director Responds to Quentin Tarantino’s Criticisms appeared first on /Film. »


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Watch: New Trailer For Tower Records Documentary 'All Things Must Pass'

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It's a bit unfortunate that the generation being raised on streaming will never know the pure joy of stepping into a record store, flipping through the stacks, and discovering something amazing you never knew about. In this age of data driven curation, the sensation of finding something truly your own has been lost. However, Colin Hanks brings back that feeling in his upcoming documentary "All Things Must Pass" about the legendary, and at one time omnipresent music chain, Tower Records. Now the first trailer is here. Read More: SXSW Review: Colin Hanks' Insightful Tower Records Documentary 'All Things Must Pass' Featuring folks like Dave Grohl, Elton John, and Bruce Springsteen, along with key Tower workers and executives, the documentary is a nostalgic, informative and interesting look at the company that for many was the home of their first musical loves. While Tower became a global behemoth, their »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Screen Awards 2015 shortlist revealed

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Fox/Fox Searchlight, Universal and Metrodome lead the nominations; Amy Winehouse documentary is the most nominated film.Scroll down for full shortlist

The Screen Awards 2015 shortlist has been announced, with Fox/Fox Searchlight leading the nominations with a combined 18 nominations. Universal and Metrodome were both shortlisted in nine categories.

Altitude Film Distribution’s Amy was shortlisted in six categories; Twentieth Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service secured four nominations; and The Babadook, Still Alice and Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth each got three nods.

Picturehouse Entertainment has seven nominations, with an additional two for Picturehouse Cinemas, while Curzon Artificial Eye secured eight nods, with a further nomination for Curzon Cinemas.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has been shortlisted in four categories

The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Edith Bowman on October 22 at The »


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