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'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. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
'The Assassin,' 'Carol,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Top BFI Sight & Sound's Best Of 2015
Taiwan’s The Assassin, from this year’s Cannes Film Festival best director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, has been voted the top movie of 2015 in the British Film Institute’s poll of 168 critics for the organization’s Sight & Sound magazine. No. 2 and 3 were Todd Haynes’ Carol and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Sight & Sound editor Nick James described The Assassin, released in the U.S. by Well Go USA, as “a gorgeous work of revenge, magic and delicate restraint – a work of… »
Ron Howard Directing Thriller ‘The Girl Before’ for Universal
Michael De Luca is producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins. Imagine’s Tyler Michael will be exec producer and Elishia Holmes will exec produce for Michael De Luca Productions.
Universal bought the movie rights to “The Girl Before,” a novel that Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House will publish in the fall of 2016. The story involves a traumatized woman who falls in love with a minimalist house and the man who designed it — only to discover that another woman died at the house three years earlier.
Delaney is believed to a pen name for novelist Tony Strong.
- Dave McNary
What Is This ‘Project Delirium’ Jennifer Lawrence Wants To Direct?
Jennifer Lawrence, out promoting the final installment of The Hunger Games, that disclosed she wants to make her directing debut on a picture called Project Delirium. What exactly is going on with this? It’s set up to be financed by 2929, with Lawrence and her partner Justine Ciarrocchi producing along with Todd Wagner and Ben Cosgrove. Lawrence doesn’t plan to act in it. Although the pickup the trades gave the story after Lawrence made comments in EW has her defining the… »
‘Gods Of Egypt’: ‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay Responds To Alex Proyas & Lionsgate Apology For Lack Of Diversity – Update
Updated, 3:01Pm Saturday: Selma director Ava DuVernay took time out today to Tweet her responses to Friday’s post about the conspicuously non-diverse casting of Gods Of Egypt, and Lionsgate and Alex Proyas’ uncharacteristically quick public acknowledgement of the matter. This kind of apology never happens – for something that happens all the time. An unusual occurrence worth noting. https://t.co/xRTEy7woWs — Ava DuVernay (@Avaetc) November 28, 2015 Gods Of Egypt makes… »
'Carol' editor Affonso Conclaves on 'showing the love at its peak' (Audio Podcast)
"Carol,” which tells the story of a forbidden love affair between a 1950s housewife (Cate Blanchett) and a shopgirl (Rooney Mara), opens and closes with bookends reminiscent of a romantic classic, David Lean’s 1945 Oscar-nominated “Brief Encounter.” “I think that what we hoped to achieve was to show how much you have to travel in love to get what you want,” explains editor Affonso Goncalves in our audio chat (listen below). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “We’re showing the love at its peak, when both of them understand they actually are in love with each other. You sandwich the distance you need to travel to get to that point.” However, as he reveals, in the original draft in the script, “there was another level of flashback, but it became too confusing, too strenuous, so we just kept it simple with the beginn. »
'The True Cost': Andrew Morgan's devastating documentary on dark side of fashion'
“The True Cost” is one of the most devastatingly moving films of the year. This riveting documentary exposes the underbelly of the clothing industry, including the shocking fact that it is the second biggest contributor to pollution following only oil production. Indeed, as Frank Scheck observed in his rave review for The Hollywood Reporter, the only way to watch it “without feeling hopelessly guilt-ridden is to be naked.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “The True Cost” premiered at Cannes before an Oscar-qualifying limited release in New York and Los Angeles in May and a simultaneous premiere on Netflix. It is one of 124 documentary features in contention at this year's Oscars. While the members of the documentary branch get screeners of all these films to winnow them down to five nominees, "The True Cost" producers also sen...' »
Tom Hanks Says He's Recording His Lines for Toy Story 4, Which Comes Out in 2018
"So, uh, how long is this gonna take?" Al McWiggin asks in Toy Story 2. "You can't rush art," replies Geri the Cleaner. That seems to be what the producers of the Toy Story films think, as it took them 11 years to make Toy Story 3, and it was totally worth it. Now, five years later, Tom Hanks has some big news that was also worth the wait. While speaking with Graham Norton (as well as Peter Capaldi — why hasn't anyone made a buddy comedy with Tom Hanks and Peter Capaldi yet?), Hanks said, very matter-of-factly, almost as an aside, that he's recording his lines for Toy Story 4, and the film will be out in 2018. More specifically, he has a recording session on December 2. Watch the video below, in which Hanks impersonates an excited child as well as the excited child's mother, and shares a »
- Greg Cwik
Donald Trump, Chuck Todd Exchange Heated Comments Over 9/11 "Cheering" Claims
Donald Trump's widely disputed claim that he saw Muslims celebrating in New Jersey as the World Trade Center fell was a hot topic on the Sunday morning news shows this week. Calling in to NBC's Meet the Press, Trump continued to stand behind his contention that he saw "thousands … cheering" on 9/11 despite officials denying that it happened and a lack of evidence that such incidents occurred. "I saw it on television. I saw clips. And so did many other people. And many people saw it in person," Trump said. "I've had hundreds of phone calls to the
- Hilary Lewis
Top 10 Takeaways: 'Mockingjay 2' Tops Openers 'The Good Dinosaur' and 'Creed'
The holiday season starts with strong numbers and an uptick from last year. But while there are huge expectations for a "Star Wars"-driven Christmas, Thanksgiving weekend didn't get close to any record-setting numbers. Indeed, despite a number of decent performers, compared to similar films and past holidays, the market weakness that has been evident all year long continues. The Top 10 (plus 2) 1. The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 2 (Lionsgate) Week 2; Last weekend #1$51,600,000 (-50%) in 4,175 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $12,539; Cumulative: $198,312,0002. The Good Dinosaur (Buena Vista) New - Cinemascore: A; Criticwire: B-; Metacritic: 67; Est. budget: $175 million$39,132,000 in 3,749 theaters; PTA: $10,454; Cumulative: $55,565,0003. Creed (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: A; Criticwire: B+; Metacritic: 82; Est. budget: $37 million$30,120,000 in 3,404 theaters; PTA: $8,848; Cumulative: $42,600,0004. Spectre (Sony) »
- Tom Brueggemann
Moviegoers Feasted on Mockingjays, Dinosaurs, and Boxers at the Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office
Forget turkey, stuffing, and those weird, amorphous, giggly piles of canned cranberry sauce that your mom continues to put out every year even though no one likes it: This Thanksgiving weekend, moviegoers feasted on Mockingjays and Dinosaurs. Also a boxing movie, but it sounds kind of weird saying moviegoers feasted on boxers. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay— Part 2, the final installment in the massive movie series that certified Jennifer Lawrence's universal box office appeal, finished in first for the second straight week, earning $51.6 million for a $198.3 million cume. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur nom-nom-nomed $39.1 million in its first week for a second place finish, while the acclaimed Creed slugged moviegoers for $30.1 million. Spectre made $12.8 million in its third week for a $176 million domestic cume; it's slightly under-performed in the Us, but is about to break $750 million worldwide, which ain't too bad. The Peanuts Movie »
- Greg Cwik
‘Creed,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and the Rise of the Nostalgia Sequel
At the multiplexes, what’s old is new again.
Rocky Balboa is back in the ring, Han Solo is once again steering the Millennium Falcon and Hollywood is riding a wave of nostalgia as it tries to put a fresh spin on some mothballed franchises.
Nearly 40 years ago, “Rocky” took America by storm, plunging up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and into moviegoers’ hearts. A mere six months after “Rocky” debuted in November of 1976, “Star Wars” premiered, ushering in the era of the modern blockbuster, while offering up expansive visions of space fights and boundary-breaking special effects.
In the ensuing decades, both series lost their ways. “Rocky” devolved into an increasingly ludicrous batch of sequels that reached its nadir with Balboa striking a blow for Western democracy by taking on Ivan Drago, a parody of pre-Perestroika Soviet resolve. And “Star Wars” nearly brought childhood fantasies crashing back to »
- Brent Lang
Bernie Sanders’ Hollywood Support Surges, But Can He Steal Hillary Clinton’s Spotlight?
It used to be that you couldn’t find too many Hollywood celebrities who were willing to go on the record as Bernie Sanders supporters. Even as Hillary Clinton’s numbers were sliding amid news reports that she used a private email server during her years as secretary of state, Hollywood remained squarely in Clinton’s camp. But these days more and more A-list names are publicly coming out in support of the Vermont senator, something unfathomable just a few months ago. “I witnessed 20,000 people screaming for this guy at the L.A. Sports Arena and he wasn’t even wearing leather pants, »
- Itay Hod
'Creed': Oscars for Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan say our forum posters
If one of the biggest factors in getting nominated at the Oscars is the so-called "rooting factor," consider "Creed" and its stars Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan to be major contenders. The seventh movie in the "Rocky" boxing franchise opened this week and it already has amassed such a passionate fanbase -- including from many of our forum posters (see below) -- that it could score a knockout at the Oscars. -Break- Oscar box office report: 'Creed,' 'The Danish Girl' open well; 'Carol,' 'Spotlight,' 'Brooklyn' stay strong Remember, passion is key when it comes to Oscar voters marking their ballots. Even though as many as 10 films can be nominated for Best Picture, academy members only get to vote for their five favorites. That helps ensure that only the most-loved films get in, as opposed to those that people merely like. Last year's "Whiplash »
Luc Bondy, Swiss Stage and Opera Director, Dead at 67
Influential Swiss theater director Luc Bondy has died from complications due to pneumonia. He was 67. The Odeon Theater in Paris, which Bondy ran for the past three years, made the announcement of his death Saturday. Bondy was a force at theaters throughout Europe, including Berlin’s Schaubuehne, the Salzburg Festival and Vienna’s Wiener Festwochen, which he led until 2013. He also directed operas and films in a career that spanned more than four decades. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) “Although ill from his early years, he gave up nothing, working tirelessly, suffering but still tirelessly at work,” French President Francois Hollande’s. »
- Todd Cunningham
Olympic Skater Nancy Kerrigan ‘Devastated’ by Slain Colorado Police Officer’s Death
U.S. figure skating star Nancy Kerrigan has shared her grief over the death of police officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed during Friday’s shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado. Before becoming an officer for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Swasey was an accomplished figure skater and was close friends with Kerrigan growing up in Stoneham, Massachusetts. “I called him ‘Ugh’, he called me ‘Yuck,’ We were always teasing each other like a brother and sister,” she told the Boston Herald. Also Read: Donald Trump Dubs Planned Parenthood Shooter a 'Maniac' (Video) Swasey, 44, was among the »
- Debbie Emery
Mary-Kate Olsen Marries Longtime Investment Banker Boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy (Report)
Mary-Kate Olsen is reportedly a married woman. The Full House alum and fashion designer married her longtime, investment banker boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy on Friday night, according to Page Six. The intimate New York ceremony was followed by a reception at a private residence in Manhattan, Page Six reported, adding that guests were required to turn in their cellphones and that the decor included "bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes, and everyone smoked the whole night.” Mary-Kate and her twin sister Ashley run fashion labels The Row and Elizabeth and James. See more Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen:
- Hilary Lewis
Michael B. Jordan Isn't Hanging Up His Boxing Gloves Just Yet, Expresses Interest In A Creed Sequel
Creed has quickly become a critical and box office darling since its release earlier this week (generating a sweet, sweet amount of Oscar buzz in the process), which inevitably raises the question currently rushing through every Hollywood overlord's mind: Will there be a sequel? If you ask Michael B. Jordan, who stars as the titular "Donnie" Creed in the film opposite Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" Balboa, he's definitely interested in reprising the role. "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 in a recent interview with the Associated Press. "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." Cue the motivating music. »
- Devon Ivie
Radiohead's Thom Yorke DJs Climate March On a Polar Bear Float
When it comes to climate change, Thom Yorke isn't scaremongering. This is really happening, happening. The Radiohead frontman signed a letter on Friday urging word leaders who are converging at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (which begins Monday in Paris) to reach an understanding on the severity of climate change. (David Bowie and Bjork also signed the letter, in case world leaders needed any more convincing.) Yorke also DJed on the Greenpeace float at London's Climate March parade this weekend, battling wild winds that felt exceedingly appropriate for the march. You can watch snippets of Yorke's parade set below. »
- Greg Cwik
'Joy' Marks a Reunion, Breaks New Ground for Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell (Q & A)
The last few year-end big-movie guns are finally screening. "The Revenant" (Fox/New Regency) has pushed Leonardo DiCaprio to the front of the Best Actor race, while Thanksgiving critical and box-office hit "Creed" (Warner Bros./MGM) provides a major comeback scenario for the creator of Rocky Balboa, Sly Stallone, as a supporting actor contender. Now "Joy" (Fox 2000/Annapurna) has screened for awards voters in New York and Los Angeles on the post-Thanksgiving weekend, with a simulcast Q & A out of New York with writer-director David O. Russell, making a bid for his third Best Picture contender in a row, his usual team of thrice nominated Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper and veteran Oscar-winner Robert De Niro (nominated most recently for "Silver Linings Playbook"), plus newbies Isabella Rossellini, Edgar Ramirez and Dascha Polanco. (A Bp slot would mark Russell's fourth total, including "The Fighter," "Silver Linings »
- Anne Thompson
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