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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is set to score about $102 million from 4,020 North American locations in its second weekend, for the fourth-highest second weekend gross in history.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film will come in behind the second frames of only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $149 million, “Jurassic World” with $106.6 million, and “The Avengers” with $103 million.

The second frame total will mark a 49% decline from the previous weekend, a smaller decline than most other Marvel titles, which Disney noted Friday slow by an average of roughly 53% from their first to second weekends. “The Avengers” declined by 45% into its second weekend.

Black Panther” has earned the highest day total for a Marvel film each day for the past week, including $14.2 million on Thursday. It’s earned over $520 million globally in its first seven days and $320 million domestically. With the addition of this weekend’s number, “Black Panther” will have earned more domestically in its first two weekends
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Legendary Bollywood Actress Sridevi Dies at 54

Legendary Bollywood Actress Sridevi Dies at 54
Sridevi Kapoor, best known by her mononym Sridevi and a major Bollywood star, died Saturday night in UAE of cardiac arrest. She was 54.

Her brother-in-law confirmed the news to the Indian Express. Sridevi and her family were in the United Arab Emirates for a wedding, and she was reportedly with her husband, producer Boney Kapoor, and daughter Khushi at the time of her death.

Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before debuting in Hindi films. Her success led to other regional actresses like Jaya Prada to follow her to Bollywood.

Her career began at the age of four when she starred in M.A. Thirumugham’s devotional “Thunaivan.” She made her Bollywood debut when she was 12 in “Julie,” and landed her first adult role in the following year in K. Balachander’s “Moondru Mudichu” opposite Kamal Hassan.

She went on to gain Bollywood success after her first leading actress role in 1978’s “Solva Sawna” and 1983’s
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Emma Chambers, The Vicar of Dibley actor, dies aged 53

Emma Chambers, The Vicar of Dibley actor, dies aged 53
The actor played Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy, and also starred in the 1999 film Notting Hill

Emma Chambers, best known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, has died aged 53.

Her agent said Chambers died of natural causes on Wednesday evening, and said the actor “brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed”. She is survived by her husband Ian Dunn, who is also an actor.

Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.

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‘Call Me by Your Name’: Sufjan Stevens to Perform ‘Mystery of Love’ at the Oscars

‘Call Me by Your Name’: Sufjan Stevens to Perform ‘Mystery of Love’ at the Oscars
Now that he’s been nominated for an Academy Award, Sufjan Stevens is about to take the next logical step: performing at the actual ceremony. The singer/songwriter received a nod in the Best Original Song category for “Mystery of Love,” one of two tunes he contributed to the “Call Me by Your Name” soundtrack; his other, “Visions of Gideon,” didn’t receive a nod.

Also performing next weekend are Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, and Common, who won in the same category for “Glory,” from the “Selma” soundtrack. Bernal, Lafourcade and Miguel will perform “Remember Me” from “Coco,” Blige is set to perform “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Common and Andra Day are performing “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” and Settle will perform “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

A critical darling, “Call Me by Your Name” is also nominated
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David Mamet Plans To Write A Harvey Weinstein Play

David Mamet Plans To Write A Harvey Weinstein Play
David Mamet is courting controversy with a new play about Harvey Weinstein. Related: Meryl Streep Calls Harvey Weinstein ‘Pathetic And Exploitive’ In an interview this week with the Chicago Tribune, the “Glengarry Glen Ross” writer revealed he’s working on a play about the Hollywood producer accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. “I
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Why 'Mute' Is a Missed Opportunity for Netflix

[This story contains spoilers for Mute]

Netflix began the month of February by surprising millions of people on Super Bowl Sunday with the unexpected unveiling of its new sci-fi feature acquisition, The Cloverfield Paradox. This weekend, as the month comes to a close, Netflix has another original sci-fi film being released, Duncan Jones’ futuristic noir drama Mute. When Netflix revealed that it was premiering The Cloverfield Paradox the same night that it confirmed it'd picked the film up from Paramount, the shock was muted by the immediately mixed-to-negative word of mouth from those viewers who stuck...
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What Makes 'Annihilation' a Different Type of Female-Driven Movie

What Makes 'Annihilation' a Different Type of Female-Driven Movie
[This story contains spoilers for Annihilation]

“All women,” notes Lena, the lead character of Alex Garland’s new science-fiction film Annihilation, immediately before embarking on a dark and mysterious mission. Lena, played by the fiercely committed Natalie Portman, is one of five women heading into a strange disaster zone in the swamps of Florida dubbed “The Shimmer” in the hopes of understanding how it descended and is expanding upon the land. Annihilation, then, is a film largely about that quintet of women and how they struggle to cope with the mutations that they encounter within the Shimmer; it’s a haunting and...
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Guillermo del Toro to Open Cinema Named after Him at Guadalajara Fest (Exclusive)

Guillermo del Toro to Open Cinema Named after Him at Guadalajara Fest (Exclusive)
Multi Oscar-nominated Guillermo del Toro is slated to open a new cinema named after him in Guadalajara, his hometown, on March 10, in an event which is likely to prove one of the festival’s highlights.

“Hopefully, he’ll have a few Oscars in tow,” said Guadalajara Film Festival director Ivan Trujillo.

The new cinema is one of several that the city is building to improve the festival’s offer. Del Toro’s acclaimed fable “The Shape of Water” has received 13 Oscar nominations, including best director and best picture. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is slated for Sunday, March 4th.

At least five emerging Mexican filmmakers out of 11 contenders are vying for the Premio Mezcal cash prize of $27,000 (500,000 pesos) for best Mexican fiction film and an audience award of some $5,000 (100,000 pesos).

Leading the pack of titles is Sebastian Hofmann and his sophomore feature “Time Share,” which premiered at Sundance, winning the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Screenwriting
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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ spoiler: Did Round 6 Power of Veto ceremony change nominees for eviction on February 25?

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ spoiler: Did Round 6 Power of Veto ceremony change nominees for eviction on February 25?
The final of the first season of “Celebrity Big Brother” is Sunday (Feb. 25) on CBS. Heading into this live show, the Final 5 remaining houseguests are: the two most recent Head of Household winners — singer Mark McGrath and “The Apprentice” star Omarosa — as well as two other past HoH champs (TV personality Ross Mathews and beauty queen Ariadna Gutierrez) and actress Marissa Janet Winokur.

Winokur had faced elimination twice in a row on Friday’s episode. However, she won enough votes that “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Granville and singer James Maslow were sent packing instead. Since that show aired, we’ve been watching the live feeds and have a lot to report. Spoilers ahead.

Mathews won Head of Household for a second time. He had narrowly escaped elimination on Friday, after being nominated by Omarosa, by winning the Power of Veto. She swapped out Maslow who lost the vote to Winokur.
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2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ coming on strong against ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb. 27

2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ coming on strong against ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb. 27
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” got a big boost in the race for Best Picture at the Oscars following its five wins at the Baftas last Sunday (Feb. 18). Nine of our 26 Oscar experts from major media outlets now favor Martin McDonagh‘s character study to win Best Picture at the Oscars. That is up from five votes before the British academy weighed in with their picks. Conversely, “The Shape of Water,” which won three BAFTAs including Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), fell from 12 pundits to 10. (See the individual rankings by experts and the resulting odds.)

That sweep at the BAFTAs, where it won both Best Picture and Best British Film, two acting awards (Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell) and original screenplay, came at just the right time for “Three Billboards.” Final voting for the Academy Awards began on Feb. 20 and ends on Feb. 27. While “The Shape of Water” still has the
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2018 Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: Oscar frontrunner ‘Darkest Hour’ takes two

2018 Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: Oscar frontrunner ‘Darkest Hour’ takes two
At the Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Feb. 24, Oscar frontrunner “Darkest Hour” won two of its three races: special makeup effects and best period/character makeup. It lost best period/character hairstyling to “I, Tonya.”

Among those films that “Darkest Hour” edged out for best special makeup effects was “Wonder,” one of its two Oscar rivals for Best Makeup & Hairstyling. That film contended on the contemporary side here and lost its bid for hairstyling to “Pitch Perfect 3″ and makeup to “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2.” The third Oscar nominee, “Victoria and Abdul,” was snubbed by the guild.

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While each of the five guild races has five contenders, members do not always nominate those films that made the shortlist for the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar. Likewise, it often cites films that failed to make the cut with
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2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars
At Saturday’s Cinema Audio Society Awards, “Dunkirk” edged out three of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Mixing — “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — as well as “Wonder Woman” for the top award. The Cas snubbed “Blade Runner: 2049,” which won big with the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Feb. 18

This win for “Dunkirk” does not guarantee that it will take home the Oscar. Only 12 of the 24 winners with the Cas have repeated at the Academy Awards.

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“Coco” won best sound mixing in an animated feature over “Cars 3,””Despicable Me 3,” “Ferdinand” and “The Lego Batman Movie.” And “Jane” claimed the documentary feature prize over “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” “Gaga: Five Feet Two,” and “Long Strange Trip.”

On the TV front, “Game of Thrones” won on the
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Lemonade’

The old adage about making sour fruit into sweet refreshment is implicit in the title of Romanian writer-director Ioana Uricaru’s promising first feature “Lemonade.” Martha Stewart herself, however, would be stumped by the wizened, acrid lemons our hapless heroine is handed in this heart-pinching hard-luck story from America’s green card-seeking margins. Bearing the tersely empathetic, socially conscious stamp of producer Cristian Mungiu, albeit with less of his pristine formal finesse, Uricaru’s tough study of a young migrant caretaker marrying hastily to secure the American Dream for herself and her young son is as damning of U.S. institutional corruption as Mungiu’s own work has been of Romanian authorities. Though Uricaru permits a dash of cockeyed hope into proceedings, an upright spine of against-the-system anger keeps “Lemonade” suitably tart throughout.

Mungiu’s prestigious imprimatur should help garner significant interest in “Lemonade” on the festival circuit following its Berlinale premiere, with select
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing
Christopher Nolan’s World War II thriller “Dunkirk” walked away with top honors for sound mixing from the 54th annual Cinema Audio Society Saturday night, hosted by “The Daily Show” correspondent Michael Kosta.

The film, which received eight Oscar nominations including best sound editing and best sound mixing, previously received the British Academy’s sound prize and an award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors organization.

“The greatest recognition you could get is recognition from your peers,” “Dunkirk” production mixer Mark Weingarten said during his acceptance speech, with the crew also giving a shout out to composer Hans Zimmer.

Filling out the film fields, Pixar’s “Coco” won for animated feature while Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall portrait “Jane” won in the documentary category. This year’s other Oscar nominees for both sound editing and sound mixing are “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

When the winners
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing
Christopher Nolan’s World War II thriller “Dunkirk” walked away with top honors for sound mixing from the 54th annual Cinema Audio Society Saturday night, hosted by “The Daily Show” correspondent Michael Kosta.

The film, which received eight Oscar nominations including best sound editing and best sound mixing, previously received the British Academy’s sound prize and an award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors organization.

“The greatest recognition you could get is recognition from your peers,” “Dunkirk” production mixer Mark Weingarten said during his acceptance speech, with the crew also giving a shout out to composer Hans Zimmer.

Filling out the film fields, Pixar’s “Coco” won for animated feature while Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall portrait “Jane” won in the documentary category. This year’s other Oscar nominees for both sound editing and sound mixing are “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

When the winners
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‘Dunkirk’ Wins Top Sound Mixing Prize at Cas Awards

‘Dunkirk’ Wins Top Sound Mixing Prize at Cas Awards
Dunkirk” has been honored for the best sound mixing in a live-action film by the Cinema Audio Society, which presented its 2018 Cas Awards at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. It won in a category in which four of the five nominees – “Dunkirk,” “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – are also Oscar nominees for sound mixing. Cas Awards voters also nominated “Wonder Woman,” while the Oscars’ sound branch went for “Blade Runner 2049” as its fifth nominee. On Feb. 18, the other group that honors sound in film, the Motion Picture Sound Editors,...
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‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘American Horror Story’ Lead Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Winners

‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘American Horror Story’ Lead Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Winners
“Darkest Hour” led the way with film winners at the 2018 Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards with two prizes. “Pitch Perfect 3,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” and “I, Tonya” also received awards.

For television, “American Horror Story: Cult” and promotional campaigns for the series combined for three wins, while “Big Little Lies,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Feud: Bette and Joan” and “Game of Thrones” each netted two.

“Mamma Mia!” dominated the theatrical productions categories, while “The Bold and the Beautiful” took the daytime television trophies.

This year’s makeup and hairstyling Oscar nominees are “Darkest Hour,” “Victoria & Abdul” and “Wonder.” “Darkest Hour” won the British Academy prize.

Last year’s Emmy winners for makeup and hairstyling included “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld

Full list of Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild winners below.

Feature Length Motion Pictures

Best Contemporary Make-up

Pitch Perfect 3

Melanie Hughes-Weaver, Judy Yonemoto, Erica Kyker

Best Contemporary Hair Styling

“Guardians of the
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‘Darkest Hour’ Wins Big at Makeup and Hairstyling Awards

‘Darkest Hour’ Wins Big at Makeup and Hairstyling Awards
The makeup artists who transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill for “Darkest Hour” won the top honor from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild at Saturday night’s Muahs Guild Awards. Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick won in the Feature Length Motion Picture – Best Special Make Up Effects category, the Muahs category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Makeup and Hairstyling category. (The Oscars call it “makeup and hairstyling,” while the guild adds a hyphen and another word by going for “make-up and hair styling.”) Also Read: Gary Oldman, Joe Wright on 'the Icon and the Myth' of...
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J.J. Abrams Talks Inspiring Female Voices at Time's Up-Influenced Athena Film Festival

Roughly six weeks after Hollywood's Time's Up initiative inspired a sea of black dresses at this year's Golden Globes, the movement designed to combat systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace took over the Athena Film Festival in New York on Friday night.

At the Barnard College-based eighth annual celebration of female leadership, organizers and honorees like J.J. Abrams, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, writer-director Amma Asante and comedian Bridget Everett were wearing black and sporting Time's Up pins.

Abrams told The Hollywood Reporter the accessory was simply a sign of his belief in the initiative, adding that he's "thrilled...
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Doug Morris to Leave Sony Music at the End of March (Report)

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Doug Morris will step down from his role as non-executive chairman at Sony Music Entertainment at the end of March to pursue a new venture, Variety reports. According to Variety, sources say that Morris has landed funding for a new label and will work with Apple on “an unspecified partnership.” A report from Hits says that the project is rumored to be named 12 Tone, and that Steve Bartels, who recently headed Def Jam, will join Morris in the venture. Also Read: Universal's Doug Morris Moves Over to Rival Sony Music In addition to his run at Sony, Morris, who according to Hits...
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