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'Lego Batman' Tops Presidents' Day Weekend, 'Great Wall' Leads Newcomers

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The Lego Batman Movie topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, holding off a trio of newcomers led by Universal's The Great Wall. Fellow new releases, Fist Fight and particularly Fox's A Cure for Wellness, fizzled in their respective debuts as the start of 2017's Presidents' Day weekend saw the top twelve come in 47% behind last year. While that was mostly to be expected, it's a rather significant dip as 2017 is currently pacing 10.4% behind 2016's yearly grosses. With an estimated $34.2 million, WB's The Lego Batman Movie finished #1 by a considerable margin, dropping 35.4% and raising its domestic cume to $98.7 million after ten days in release. The film should top $43 million for the four-day weekend, pushing it over $100 million by end of day Monday. Internationally, Lego Batman is up to $72 million after bringing in an estimated $21.5 million from 62 markets this weekend elevating its worldwide total over $170 million. »


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‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

18 February 2017 10:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

La La Land” and “Game of Thrones” walked away with top film and television honors at the 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night.

Finding Dory” won the theatrical animated prize, while “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” took the documentary award. Other television winners included “Modern Family” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Previous recipients include Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Bill Condon, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

La La Land” is nominated for the sound mixing Oscar this year, along with “Arrival,” Cas nominee “Hacksaw Ridge,” Cas nominee “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won sound mixing Emmys last year.

Full list of Cas Awards winners below.

Motion Picture – Live Action

La La Land

Production Mixer: Steven Morrow, Cas »


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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff

17 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll […]

The post ‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff appeared first on /Film. »


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‘Toni Erdmann’ Wins Five Awards From International Cinephile Society

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Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” won five awards from the International Cinephile Society Sunday, including best picture, best director, best actor, best original screenplay, and best foreign film.

The film’s star, Peter Simonischek, was joined by Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Andre Holland (“Moonlight”), and Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) for acting honors, while “Elle” also claimed the adapted screenplay prize.

Crafts category wins included “Embrace of the Serpent” for cinematography, “Elle” for editing, “The Handmaiden” for production design, and “Jackie” for score.

Moonlight’s” ensemble cast won a prize, while animation honors went to “The Red Turtle” and “Fire at Sea” won the documentary award.

Films included on a list of top pictures that played festivals but were not released in 2016 were “The Death of Louis Xiv,” “The Lost City of Z,” and “Personal Shopper,” among others.

Related stories2016's Top 10 Films With Box Office, Awards and Critical AcclaimJack Nicholson, Kristen Wiig »


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Angela Lansbury Joins Emily Blunt in Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

17 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep. It is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and will be set in the 1930’s Depression-era London. Michael and Jane are now grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) lives with his three children and their housekeeper, but when he suffers a personal loss, enigmatic Nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters their lives. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (“Chicago”) and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) based on the “Mary Poppins” stories by P. »


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Donald Glover to Play Simba in Live Action ‘Lion King’

17 February 2017 4:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Glover will play Simba in Disney’s live action “Lion King,” The Wrap has learned. I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 The director also revealed on twitter that James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the father role he played in the 1994 animated original. Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa pic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 After the success of Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” the director is teaming up with Disney to create a live-action version of “The Lion King. »


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‘Last Jedi’ Title Translations Reveal There Are Multiple Jedi

17 February 2017 2:37 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The international titles for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” appear to confirm that said “Jedi” are in fact plural. The official Star Wars twitter accounts of France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and more revealed the titles in their respective languages — all of them calling out multiple Jedi. Because of this development, we now know that the title is supposed to mean more than one Jedi, as in, Luke and Rey… and maybe even more of masters of the Force.

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- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves

17 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In another setback for the superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed.

A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary.

The news comes after star Ben Affleck stepped down as director in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in »


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Ralph Fiennes to Direct, David Hare to Write Biopic of Ballet Dancer Rudolph Nureyev

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Ralph Fiennes will direct The White Crow, a biopic of Russian dancer Rudolph Nureyev.

The new project by Fiennes, whose previous directorial efforts are Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman, will be based on Julie Kavanagh's book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.

David Hare, nominated for Oscars in the best screenplay category for The Hours and The Reader, will write the script.

The White Crow is being developed by the BBC Films and produced by Oscar-nominated Gabrielle Tana through Magnolia Mae Productions with Francois Ivernel through the French branch of his company Montebello Productions.

"This is a story of an uncompromising spirit, »


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Guild awards scorecard: Oscar frontrunner ‘La La Land’ is 9 for 11 with two days of voting left

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On the only weekend of final Oscar voting, “La La Land” added to its impressive tally of wins with wins from three of the four guilds presenting prizes. It prevailed with Cinema Audio Society on Saturday (Feb. 18) and at both the Makeup & Hairstyling Guild, and Motion Picture Sound Editors on Sunday (Feb. 19). While it contended at Sunday’s WGA Awards for […] »


- Paul Sheehan

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Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz Moves Forward on Five Feature Slate (Exclusive)

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Berlin-based director Karim Aïnouz, a driving force in Brazil’s cinema build, has set a slate of projects to be produced, among others, by director Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) and Brazil’s two most prominent producers, Rodrigo Teixeira (“Call Me By Your Name,” “Patti Cake$”) and Fabiano Gullane (“The Second Mother”).

Director of 2014 Berlin competition player “Futuro Beach,” Aïnouz is also planning also to co-direct a movie with Marcelo Gomes, whose “Joaquim” world premiered in Berlin competition last week. Aïnouz is already in production on a documentary for Arte.

Though totally disparate in film type, the five movies show a common preoccupation: To map out the revolutionary forces, for good and bad, shaping Aïnouz and forging the contemporary world.

Reuniting Aïnouz and Gomes, “Clandestinos” underscores a sense of urgency running through most of Aïnouz’s projects. The directors’ prior film together, 2009’s “I Travel Because I Have To, I »


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France Televisions Buys Laura Esquivel’s New Teen Drama ‘Love, Divina’

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Gallic pubcaster France Televisions has acquired French TV rights to pan-Latin American fiction series “Love, Divina,” toplined by Argentine pop icon Laura Esquivel (“Patito Feo”).

The series will air exclusively in France on France Televisions’ family channel France 4.

The new deal on “Love, Divina,” a teen drama produced by Argentina’s Pol-ka, Mexican giant Televisa, and Paris-based Federation Kids & Family, comes on the heels of the recent acquisition of Italian rights by De Agostini Editore’s TV channel Super!, which secures the presence of the series in two of the most important European TV markets, especially for series along the lines of “Love, Divina.”

“Love, Divina’s”’ narrative mixes humor, music and drama, with Esquivel playing Divina, a kind and conscientious teenager who grew up without a family who takes a group of homeless kids under her wing . Just before social services tear the group apart, they are all taken in by Irene, Divina »


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Lucca Film Festival to Honor Oliver Stone

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Tuscany’s Lucca Film Festival is expecting an international red carpet come April. Oliver Stone will receive the festival’s main lifetime achievement award, which in previous years has honored directors including David Lynch and William Friedkin.

And this year’s festivities will also honor European directors Aki Kaurismaki and Olivier Assayas and actors Willem Dafoe and Valeria Golino.

The festival will dedicate a complete retrospective of the works of three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone from Seizure (1974) to Snowden (2016). He’ll be feted with the festival’s spotlight prize and will be on hand to host a masterclass open to the public.

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China Box Office: 'xXx' Wins Second Weekend, Beating 'La La Land,' 'Sing'

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

Vin Diesel's xXx: The Return of Xander Cage muscled aside the musical competition in its second weekend, pulling in $26.5 million to easily beat newcomers La La Land and Sing.

The second weekend win represented a 57 percent decline from the action flick's roaring $61.9 million start the week prior. After 10 days, Xander Cage has earned $134 million in China, more than triple its $44 million North American total.

Although the performance might appear anomalous from afar, the Paramount and Revolution Studios picture had several factors working in its favor in China. Diesel is a huge star »


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Milo Yiannopoulos Denies Defending Pedophilia After Shocking Comments Emerge (Video)

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Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos denied defending pedophilia after CNN’s Jake Tapper and others called him out Sunday for recorded remarks in which he said some relationships between adults and 13-year-olds are consensual. He also joked that being molested had made him good at oral sex. Yiannopoulos, a conservative, self-professed troll, said he was taken out of context and did not support pedophilia — but he quickly found that internet attacks aren’t as fun when you’re the one being attacked. Yiannopoulos’ comments emerged two days after he accused transgender women of wanting to molest children during a “Real Time With Bill Maher” appearance. »


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Beatriz Setuain Named Director of Mediapro Distribution Arm Imagina International Sales

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Beatriz Setuain, a well-regarded Spanish sales executive, has been named director of Imagina International Sales, the overseas distribution arm of the Mediapro Group, one of the biggest independent TV companies based out of southern Europe.

She replaces Laura Miñarro, appointed early February as director of co-productions and scripted content at international distributor Eccho Rights.

Previously serving as Iis sales manager, Setuain returned to the company in 2016 after heading up international sales at Lagardere Studios’ Madrid-based Boomerang TV. She had been head of Iis cinema division for over 2008-2013 and a member of the sales team at Prisa-owned Sogepaq, a breeding ground for now top Spanish executives,  from 2002 to 2007.

Setuain will report to Laura Fernandez Espeso, director of international content at Mediapro.

As part of a Iis management team reorganization, executive Esther Agraso has also been promoted to head of sales.

Both executives’ promotions form part of a Mediapro’s strategy, “aimed »


- Emiliano De Pablos and Jamie Lang

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Beatriz Setuain Named Director of Mediapro Distribution Arm Imagina International Sales

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Beatriz Setuain, a well-regarded Spanish sales executive, has been named director of Imagina International Sales, the overseas distribution arm of the Mediapro Group, one of the biggest independent TV companies based out of southern Europe.

She replaces Laura Miñarro, appointed early February as director of co-productions and scripted content at international distributor Eccho Rights.

Previously serving as Iis sales manager, Setuain returned to the company in 2016 after heading up international sales at Lagardere Studios’ Madrid-based Boomerang TV. She had been head of Iis cinema division for over 2008-2013 and a member of the sales team at Prisa-owned Sogepaq, a breeding ground for now top Spanish executives,  from 2002 to 2007.

Setuain will report to Laura Fernandez Espeso, director of international content at Mediapro.

As part of a Iis management team reorganization, executive Esther Agraso has also been promoted to head of sales.

Both executives’ promotions form part of a Mediapro’s strategy, »


- Emiliano De Pablos and Jamie Lang

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Oscars: Contenders Make Closing Arguments in Stressed-Out City of Stars

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I keep above my desk an article with the headline: "Stars become cooperative as Oscar fever strikes." It was published in 1961, but it is truer than ever today, as I was reminded this weekend. The 89th Oscars ceremony still is a week away, but ballots are due by 5 p.m. Pst on Tuesday, and several categories still are too close to call, all of which explains why some very big names are showing up in some unexpected places during this homestretch.

Like many of his fellow nominees, La La Land's writer-director Damien Chazelle has been spending more time in his »


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L.A. Italia Fest: ‘Lion’ Wins Best Picture

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Just one week before the Oscars, the L.A. Italia Fest opened Sunday night with its week-long celebration of Italian and American films by honoring many of the candidates up for Academy Awards. Producer Harvey Weinstein, screenwriter Luke Davies and cinematographer Greig Fraser took home the prize for best film for Lion. Mel Gibson was on hand to accept the award for best director for Hacksaw Ridge. And Justin Hurwitz took home the festival’s prize for best song for La La Land’s “City of Stars.”

Weinstein and Davies accepted the best picture award while giving credit to the Italian masterpiece The Bicycle »


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Read Aaron Sorkin’s Anti-Trump Tirade at WGA Awards

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Aaron Sorkin lit into President Trump in a “Network”-inspired speech at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday. Here are his remarks about Trump transcribed. (We added the word “don’t” in brackets in two places where Sorkin dropped it.) From time to time I write stories about politics so it was suggested to me that I might have something to say about the situation in which we currently find ourselves. It’ll come as no surprise that I do. So, in the spirit of Paddy Chayefsky, here goes. We’ve been told that as coastal elites we »


- Tim Molloy

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