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'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… »
Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Cinches Holiday Victory Over 'Creed,' 'Good Dinosaur'
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” continues to vanquish its Thanksgiving holiday box office competitors, tracking for a five-day total of $74 million.
The Jennifer Lawrence starrer generated $21.5 million at the Friday box office in 4,175 locations. “Mockingjay — Part 2” also dominated Thanksgiving day ticket sales, bringing in $10.4 million on the holiday. The Lionsgate release is the fourth and final chapter in the “Hunger Games” films; the fourth installment bowed to $102.7 million last weekend, the lowest opening in the franchise. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened ahead of Thanksgiving in 2014 to $121.9 million.
Behind Katniss Everdeen is Disney/Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which took in $15.6 million on Friday from 3,749 locations. The animated feature is on track to finish the five-day holiday weekend with a U.S. gross around $55 million. Pixar’s 16th pic follows dinosaur Arlo, who befriends a caveboy in an alternate history of Earth.
In third place for the holiday weekend is “Creed,” the »
- Marianne Zumberge
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… »
Film Review: ‘The Kids’
“The Kids” is an engaging and convincing drama about the emotional and financial challenges faced by a Taipei teenage couple who become parents while still at school. Taking an even-handed approach to subject matter that’s frequently given sensationalist treatment, debuting writer-director Sunny Yu delivers a refreshing and very well-performed portrait of young people suddenly thrust into a world of adult responsibility. Clever nonlinear storytelling, well-judged dashes of humor and a splendid original score are further plusses of a rewarding package; film festival programmers should give this one a look.
The opening scene introduces Bao-li (Wu Chien Ho), a 16-year-old who’s admired older girl Jia-jia ((Wen Chen Ling) from afar but hasn’t yet mustered the courage to talk to her. His chance arrives when Jia-jia is dragged by her peers to the school rooftop and humiliated for “stealing someone else’s boyfriend.” In what’s much more a meet-awkward than a meet-cute, »
- Richard Kuipers
John Stamos Is the Rare Human to Ever Make the Ruffled Prom Tux Work
Meanwhile, your tux doesn't fit just right and the corsage you bought for your date doesn't match her dress, which is a problem because she was about to break up with you anyway, and now there's going to be this awkward tension in the friend group and all the photos from the event (which you just know your mom is going to want to frame) will freeze this terrible adolescent moment in time forever, and, oh lord, wouldn't it great to look like John Stamos, just for one day? Please??? »
- Jackson McHenry
Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti Are Engaged, Will Be the Funniest Couple Alive
This Thanksgiving, we're thankful for Jordan Peele, of the late Key & Peele, and Chelsea Peretti, of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, two of the funniest people on television. We're also thankful that they just got engaged this weekend. Peele proposed to Peretti during a "family talent show." He assumedly said something very funny to her while proposing. The pair took to Twitter to announce their engagement. Mindy Kaling's response sums up all of our feelings: "You two are such a cool couple." Mazel tov! »
- Greg Cwik
Drake Is Really Into the Idea of Working With Adele, So Let's Make This 'Hotline Bling' Remix Happen
Drake is ready for this much talked about remix of "Hotline Bling" with Adele. At an event in his hometown in Toronto, the Six God told the press that, "I'd do anything with Adele. I'd literally go to Adele's house right now and do laundry for her," laying things on a bit thick. Though, to be fair, Adele first proposed the collaboration, telling Canadian press (why do they get all the good stuff?) that she wants to do an official remix of "Hotline Bling," and, also laying things on a bit thick, that she has already purchased one of the red coats Drake wears in the infamous music video. After Adele's comments made headlines, Drake took to Instagram to post an illustration of him and and the British singer "just coolin."We get it! You are two very successful people who like each other's work! Make the remix already. »
- Jackson McHenry
Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Leads Thanksgiving Pack, ‘Creed’ Scores
Moviegoers said goodbye to Katniss Everdeen and welcomed back Rocky Balboa, a series of farewells and reunions that powered Thanksgiving box office receipts above last year’s holiday.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of contenders, topping charts with $75.8 million and bringing its domestic total to $198.3 million. It marks the final film in the hugely popular series, although Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise, has hinted it wants to figure out ways to create future spin-offs.
The previous two “Hunger Games” films have both debuted the week before Thanksgiving and gone on to rule multiplexes over the holiday. Its dominance is practically a holiday tradition.
If “Mockingjay – Part 2’s” strong returns was a familiar Thanksgiving sight, the big surprise was how well “Creed” performed. The film successfully brought back Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rocky character and revived a boxing franchise that seemed like a Reagan-era relic after »
- Brent Lang
‘Hunger Games’ Powers Thanksgiving Bounty at Box Office With $75 Million
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -Part 2” powered to an impressive $75.7 million over the long Thanksgiving weekend, and “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed” finished a strong second and third to put the 2015 domestic box office back on its record track. The 3D Pixar Animation family film brought in an estimated $55 million over the five days for Disney and the “Rocky” revival “Creed” punched its way to $41 million for MGM, New Line and distributor Warner Bros. The horror film “Victor Frankenstein,” the weekend’s other wide opener, missed out on the bounty and tanked with less than $4 million for »
- Todd Cunningham
Emmy winner 'American Crime' is strong contender at Golden Globes and SAG Awards
"American Crime" earned an impressive 10 Emmy nominations, including Best Limited Series and bids in each of the four acting categories (leads Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, as well as featured players Richard Cabral and Regina King). But apart from King’s surprise win for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress, it came up short as "Oliver Kitteridge" swept the Emmys. However, as that HBO hit contended at last year's Golden Globes and SAG Awards, it could be time for some redemption for "American Crime." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Predictions Embraced by critics with an impressive score of 84 on MetaCritic, "American Crime" was hailed for its unflinching look at a group of people in suburban California dealing with aftermath of a brutal home invasion through the prism of bigotry, racism and poverty. And buzz is starting to build for the second chapter...' »
Taylor Swift's Film Crew Has Upset New Zealand Conservationists
Taylor Swift might be known for crooning "Welcome to New York," but her film crew has gotten into trouble in the not-so-Blank Space on the other side of the globe. According to Radio New Zealand, the singer's film crew Cherokee Films has been hit with allegations that it managed its shoots in poor Style, disregarding restrictions put in place to protect breeding endangered Dotterels while filming footage for what's rumored to be an "Out of the Woods" music video. Instead of simply reading "All You Had to Do Was Stay," those restrictions required that crews only bring two vehicles onto the beach where the shoot occurred, instead of the 12 that were reportedly used. It seems that Cherokee Films has decided to take some of the bad press and Shake It Off (perhaps after a call from a member Swift's team saying, "I Wish You Would"), issuing a statement denying »
- Jackson McHenry
Adele's 25 Sells 3.38 Million Copies in First Week
First she crushed ’N Sync and then she broke the ratings system itself: Adele's 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, Billboard reports, the single largest sales week for an album since Nielsen first started monitoring point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history. Your faves might want to start blaming things on the River Lea (or perhaps Adele's decision to keep her album off streaming services), because this means that Adele has already won the title for biggest selling album of 2015 — passing Taylor Swift's 1989, which could only shake shake shake off 1.8 million in sales. By some estimates, 25's album sales may surpass 4 million by the end of the year. »
- Jackson McHenry
'Sicario' editor Joe Walker on using 'very different strategies' to 'manage the tension' (Exclusive Video)
For Joe Walker, editing “Sicario,” Denis Villeneuve's hit thriller about the ever-growing war on drugs at the U.S./Mexican border, presented opportunities for creative ways of working. “My strategy was really just to enjoy these dailies that I was getting from Roger Deakins, and just be really rhythmic and muscular about it,” he explains as he chats via webcam from his editing suite (watch below). “It felt like I could really sort of manage the tension with the pacing of the film and be super accurate really, sometimes using some very different strategies from what I’ve normally done.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions One of the ways Walker approached scenes was to edit with the soundtrack muted which allowed him to better focus on the visuals. “That was a conversation with Denis where, in fact, the first time we met, »
'The Danish Girl' screenwriter Lucinda Coxon on 'controversial' subject of transgender issues (Exclusive Video)
It took more than a decade for “The Danish Girl" to make it to the big screen, with screenwriter Lucinda Coxon at times doubtful the project would ever get made. “Everybody loved the script,” she divulges in our exclusive video interview (watch below), “but the subject matter was just considered controversial.” The feeling, according to Coxon, was that nobody wanted to see a film about Danish artist Einar Wegener, the first man to ever successfully undergo gender reassignment surgery, even if it was also “a great period romance.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions The film had many false starts, with several actors and directors at one time attached at various stages of development. “Obviously now, I’m able to feel very philosophical in retrospect,” admits Coxon. “I didn’t feel terribly philosophical, I can ..." »
'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Benicio Del Toro ('Sicario')
"You're forcing me to look back," says Benicio Del Toro, once of the most highly regarded actors of his generation, as we sit down to talk about his remarkable life, work and latest film — Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed film Sicario, in which he plays a mysterious figure operating in the shadows of the war on drugs — for the 14th episode of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. He adds, in a voice that is unexpectedly soft-spoken, "And when I look back, I can't believe it." (You can play the full conversation below or download it — and past
- Scott Feinberg
'Trumbo' at Oscars: Will Hollywood pat itself on back again as it did with 'The Artist,' 'Argo' & 'Birdman'?
It used to be rare for Hollywood to reward itself at the Oscars. However, in recent years there has been a surge in the number of Oscar-winning movies that chronicle the making of movies and this year "Trumbo" could well join those ranks. This acclaimed film by Jay Roach ("Game Change") tells the true story of Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), who was blacklisted in the 1950s for being a member of the Communist Party. -Break- Dish all the Oscar races in our red-hot forums with Hollywood insiders Three of the last four Best Picture champs were all about Hollywood: "The Artist" (2011), in which a silent film star fights to stay relevant, "Argo" (2012), which detailed the real-life scheme to rescue hostages from Iran by using a fake movie as a cover story, and "Birdman" (2014), a raw look at awashed up movie-star hoping for a Broadway comeback. But those were all heroic stories about artists. »
'The Walking Dead' predictions: Who will die in mid-season finale 'Start to Finish'?
Will anybody die in the mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead"? Our contest entrants have been furiously voting all week for tonight's episode, titled "Start to Finish," and there's still time for you to have your say. Watch AMC's sneak peek below for clues, and then make your "The Walking Dead" predictions before 6 p.m. Pt for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which character will be killed off next. -Break- Who will die on 'The Walking Dead'? See exclusive predictions According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by contest entrants like you, no Main or Minor characters listed in our predictions center are expected to die this week. However, as for the Recurring characters, town mayor Deanna Monroe has leading 2/1 odds (33% chance) of being killed off. Following Deanna, »
'Joy' debuts to strong Oscar buzz for Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell
David O. Russell's highly anticipated Christmas release "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence headlining as a woman who rises from humble beginnings to head her own business empire got its first screening on Saturday. Lawrence -- who won an Oscar for her first collaboration with Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012) and a nomination for their second ("American Hustle," 2013) -- is a slam-dunk to reap another bid. In the demanding role of a Long Island housewife turned inventor she delivers one of her best performances to date. Along for the ride are Robert De Niro as her less-than-understanding father, Edgar Ramirez as her supportive ex-husband and Bradley Cooper as a home shopping channel exec who believes in her dream. -Break- And what of the writer/director? While Russell directed Lawrence as well as "The Fighter" (2011) supporting players Christian Bale and Meilissa Leo to Oscars, he has ...' »
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