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Beyond ‘Black Panther’ Box Office: 5 Ways Its Success Changed the Movie Business

Barely into March, and “Black Panther” could be the biggest domestic release of 2018. It’s passed $430 million in its first two weeks, is approaching $800 million worldwide, and is on track to pass $600 million in North America, and more than $1 billion worldwide.

So many records in so little time. However, the film’s greatest impact doesn’t lie with its bragging rights. “The Black Panther” stands a real chance of reinventing the realities of studio filmmaking, of the release calendar, and the exhibition business of North America. Here’s how that’s happening, right now.

Big-Budget, Afro-Centric Films Make Money

Black Panther” reportedly cost $200 million, similar to most Marvel (and rival D.C. Comics) titles. It will be one of the five or so most-expensive films of the year, and the P&A will cost more than half again as much. In the past, that financial weight was evidence against producing big-budget “difficult” films (read: female-led,
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‘Black Panther’ Kills: Here’s the 3 Biggest Box-Office Records Ryan Coogler Broke This Weekend

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‘Black Panther’ Kills: Here’s the 3 Biggest Box-Office Records Ryan Coogler Broke This Weekend
So many records, so little time. Final “Black Panther” grosses are in: With Presidents’ Day adding $40.2 million to its already-staggering $201.8 million for the three-day weekend, the latest Marvel movie made $242 million in its four-day domestic total and clobbered all expectations. So where does Ryan Coogler’s superhero movie stand in box-office history? As always, when making comparisons we adjust past grosses to current ticket prices. (If we used the European system of reporting admissions in addition to box office we wouldn’t have this problem, but we don’t and so we adjust.)

All that said: “Black Panther” breaks records held by “The Last Jedi,” “Deadpool,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” — but falls just behind “The Force Awakens.” Here’s how it breaks down.

Four-day Total: $242 Million

“Black Panther” is # 4, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Avengers,” and “Jurassic World,” and it just beat out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Flanders Image confirms 2018 CONNexT dates

Invitation-only film & TV industry event will run Oct 7-10 in Ghent.

Flanders Image has confirmed the third edition of its film and TV industry event CONNeXT will run Oct 7-10 in Ghent.

The projects, works-in-progress and TV line-up presentations will be spread over the three days instead of two, a change for the 2018 edition. There will also be keynotes and panels each day, as well as screenings on all three days.

The invitation-only attendees include top sales companies and festival programmers from the likes of Berlinale, Tribeca and SXSW.

At last year’s CONNeXT, projects presented include Gangsta (Patser) by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who are now in talks to direct Bad Boys 3 and Beverly Hills Cop 4; Wip prizewinner Girl by Lukas Dhont, which went on to also win the Wip award at Les Arcs; and TV drama The Day, which will be shown in Efm’s Series Market Screenings.

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Romance Free Films this Valentine’s Day

Sade Green with five alternate viewing suggestions for Valentine’s Day…

It’s Valentine’s Day. But for a fairly large percentage of the population, this means Nothing! Perhaps you and your partner don’t celebrate it. Maybe you’ve just been through a big break up. Or perhaps you just despise the commercial aspect of it all. Regardless of your reasons, here are five comedies that are completely devoid of romance (although there may be the occasional bromance).

See Also: Top Ten Best Romances and Rom-Coms to watch this Valentine’s Day

1. Hot Fuzz (2007)

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent

Genre: Action Comedy

Hot Fuzz is the second film in the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ and arguably, the most underrated. Pegg stars as Nicholas Angel, a London police officer who is so good, he is demoted to policing a small country village so he stops making the Metropolitan Police look bad.
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Bad Boys For Life Will Be Directed By Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

It looks like Sony Pictures has found a directing duo to replace Joe Carnahan in the director's chair for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's Bad Boys For Life. According to Deadline, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are in talks to direct the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film.

I'm not familiar with these directors, but they are a Moroccan-born duo "who were raised in Belgium and who burst onto the scene with Black, a Romeo & Juliet-type drama set in the world of organized crime in Belgium." They most recently directed the FX series Snowfall, and they are attached to a few other upcoming movies including Beverly Hills Cop 4.

The most recent draft of the script was by Chris Bremmer and the plan is to start production in August. I have no idea if these two directors are right for the film or not, but it would've been cool to have
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Bad Boys 3 might be back on, new directors found

Simon Brew Jan 31, 2018

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence could finally start filming Bad Boys 3 this coming August...

Sony’s planned Bad Boys 3 movie has had a bit of a bumpy road thus far. Originally planned for release this year (with the date having moved a few times) Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were both set to reprise their roles. But the project keeps hitting delays and, more recently, it lost its director too.

Joe Carnahan had been set to helm the film, working from his own screenplay. But he departed the project last March when he hit scheduling conflicts, and the film has stayed in limbo ever since.

Now though, it looks as if Sony is gearing up for another go at getting things moving. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are now said to be in negotiations to direct the film, Moroccan directors behind films such as Gangsta and Snowfall.
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When Star Wars finally became the top-rented video of all time

Simon Brew Jan 15, 2018

In 1997, Star Wars finally overtook E.T. to become the most-rented video ever in the Us. The chart back then makes interesting reading.

I can’t tell you for certain if this is true, but it’s oft-reported that the last VHS release for a major movie in the Us was for David Cronenberg’s terrific A History Of Violence. The 2005 movie seemingly got that release in early 2006, and the VHS era all but passed with it.

It completed the takeover by DVD as the top choice for watching movies at home, a brutal destruction and takeover of the VHS format that had served the world since the late 1970s. And as we’ve discussed in the past, the death of VHS took the rental window with it. For people who are far younger than me, that was the months-long gap where you could rent a film,
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10 Directors to Watch: Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah Bring Street Cred to Belgian Cinema

10 Directors to Watch: Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah Bring Street Cred to Belgian Cinema
El Arbi and Fallah were the only two Moroccan-born students in their Belgian film school. While their white peers aspired to fine art, they dreamed of Hollywood.

Inspired by gritty crime dramas with a fondness for spectacle, the pair took to the streets with cameras. They made a feature, a short, some TV and in 2015, they won the Toronto film festival’s Discovery Award for their second feature, “Black,” a streetwise spin on Romeo and Juliet, set in Brussels.

Their latest, “Gangsta” (Aka “Patser,” which is Flemish for “show-off”), is in post-production. A humorous drug-deal-gone-bad caper in the Guy Ritchie vein, it plays like “Amélie” on crack.

“We got a lot of help from the city of Antwerp on this one,” El Arbi says. “We’re lucky they don’t read the scripts, because the city gets trashed. People don’t realize that Antwerp is worse than what we depict.”

They fuse amped-up visuals with authentic,
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Playback: Ridley Scott on ‘All the Money in the World’ and Never Slowing Down

Playback: Ridley Scott on ‘All the Money in the World’ and Never Slowing Down
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

In case you’ve been under a rock, actor Kevin Spacey became a bit of a liability for Ridley Scott’s new film “All the Money in the World,” so the director didn’t hesitate: he recast the role of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer, reshot all of Spacey’s scenes in 10 days and made the planned holiday release with ease. On Halloween he had finished the movie and had never met Plummer. On Thanksgiving they were working again, and by Christmas they both had Golden Globe nominations. That has to be some kind of a record.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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It takes nothing short of immeasurable confidence to pull this off. That’s a quality
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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom

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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom
Identity is a prevalent theme in Russell Peters’ stand-up, and it also serves as the launch pad for the laughs in “The Indian Detective,” his new four-episode series now streaming on Netflix.

“Identity comedy is universal. I may be talking about my Indian parents, but I know that my ‘Indian’ parents are the same as everyone’s parents in some way — Greek, Italian, Arab, Chinese,” Peters said. “That’s what my audience is responding to. I’m also exploring race and culture, and a lot of people aren’t comfortable with that.”

In “The Indian Detective,” Peters stars as Toronto Police constable Doug D’Mello, a man desperate to prove his salt and be promoted to detective, but instead winds up suspended following a bust gone wrong. Through a guilty ploy by his father (Anupam Kher), he heads to Mumbai during his repose where a pretty girl (Mishqah Parthiephal) leads
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12 Christmas Movies Not About Christmas

12 Christmas Movies Not About Christmas
Move over, Miracle on 34th Street. Sorry, It's a Wonderful Life. It's become a tradition among movie fans as common as eggnog and mistletoe. Every year, more and more people choose Die Hard as their favorite Christmas film. Is it really a holiday film? Wherever you fall on the spectrum with this debate, one thing is certain: Die Hard is certainly set during Christmas, with plenty of Christmas related moments. Why stop there? Suddenly a whole library of cinema classics opens up like the wallet of a post-ghost visit Ebenezer Scrooge, from Kubrick to a stocking full of Robert Downey Jr. Here we'll look at 12 Christmas classics that aren't about Christmas.

Die Hard

Let's start here, as the rightly revered action masterpiece tends to kick off this conversation every December. Die Hard, of course, takes place in an L.A. high rise under siege by a group of thieves masquerading as politically motivated terrorists,
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’48 Hours’ Remake in Development at Paramount With ‘Good Time’ Team

’48 Hours’ Remake in Development at Paramount With ‘Good Time’ Team
Brothers Benny and Josh Safdie, the directing team for the Robert Pattinson crime thriller “Good Time,” are developing a remake of the action-comedy “48 Hours[/link]” for Paramount Players.

48 Hours” was a major hit for Paramount in 1982 with Eddie Murphy in his first film role as a convict helping a detective, played by Nick Nolte, to track down a pair of cop killers over a two-day leave from prison. Directed by Walter Hill, “48 Hours” grossed $80 million and was Joel Silver’s first major production. It was also the first film in the “buddy cop” genre that went on to include “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Rush Hour.”

Chernin Entertainment is producing the remake with Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard. Josh Safdie will co-write the script with Ronald Bronstein and Jerrod Carmichael, who starred in and co-created the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show.”

Good Time” has grossed $2 million since August in limited release for A24. It took five Spirit
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Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2018

Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2018
Two days after Sundance unveiled its 2018 lineup, Variety has named its 10 Directors to Watch, featuring five filmmakers whose movies will be screening in Park City at the festival in January.

This year’s list runs the gamut from awards season hopefuls to first-timers who are just about to break, representing a diverse sampling of talents from various backgrounds. The directors range from indie darling Greta Gerwig (whose “Lady Bird” just won the New York Film Critics Circle best picture prize) to Chloé Zhao (the Chinese-born helmer whose Cannes-launched “The Rider” was just nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award, despite the fact it doesn’t open theatrically until April 2018).

The 2018 lineup includes four women, two of whom (Augustine Frizzell and Claire McCarthy) have films world premiering at Sundance, and Moroccan-born Belgian duo Adil and Bilall, tapped to direct the next “Beverly Hills Cop” movie. Samuel Maoz is representing Israel in the Oscar foreign language race with his
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Drive-In Dust Offs: 10 To Midnight (1983)

Horror was so prevalent and popular in the early ‘80s that even the action genre wanted in on the…uh, action. Chuck Norris haiyah’ed a Michael Myers wannabe in Silent Rage (1982), so next up it was granite faced Charles Bronson’s turn to take on slashers with 10 to Midnight (1983), a sleazy yet fascinating trip through the mind of a serial killer. While it’s never as deep as it thinks it is, it’s smarter than it has any right to be.

Released in March, this Cannon production, co-distributed by MGM, recouped its 4.5 million plus a few million more at the box office. Certainly not Death Wish numbers, but it’s not really a Death Wish type of film (until it is). As for the critics, Mr. Ebert called it “a scummy little sewer of a movie”. He’s not completely right, though; the misogynistic male gaze is upended
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Srikant Chellappa – Director and Writer of Bad Grandmas

Bad Grandmas will screen at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar, in ‘The Loop’) on Thursday November 2nd at 8pm. Tickets include a Sliff opening night reception. Ticket information can be found Here. Pam Grier, director/writer Srikant Chellappa, producer Dan Byington, and two of the film’s co-stars, Sally Eaton and Jilanne Klaus, will all be in attendance.

Sliff’s opening night features the world premiere of Bad Grandmas, a St. Louis-shot comedy by co-writer/director Srikant Chellappa and co-writer Jack Snyder, the team behind such polished productions as “Ghost Image” and “Fatal Call,” which were based locally but screened both nationally and internationally. Starring the late Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”) in her final role and the legendary Pam Grier (“Jackie Brown”), “Bad Grandmas” recounts the misadventures of senior citizens Mimi (Henderson), Coralee (Grier), Bobbi (Susie Wall), and Virginia (Sally Eaton). The friends’ quiet life is upended when Bobbi’s son-in-law,
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‘Stranger Things’ is Best When Using its Movie Homages as Red Herrings

Paul Reiser isn’t the most identifiable ’80s figure in “Stranger Things.” The future “Mad About You” star saw solid hits during the decade in “Diner,” “My Two Dads,” and two “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, and he has been headlining another ’80s-set modern TV series for the past three years (the criminally under-appreciated “Red Oaks”). But he’s no Winona Ryder. He might even slip behind “Goonies” star Sean Astin in the Reagan-era power rankings. It’s doubtful fans were as excited about seeing Reiser as they were when his character, Dr. Sam Owens, offers Will Byers Reese’s Pieces.

Yet when it comes to homages within “Stranger Things,” few are as integral to the story as recognizing Paul Reiser as the bad guy from “Aliens.” Many have noted the superficial similarities between the characters, but it’s important to note why this casting works beyond a fun homage. It’s beneficial to the story,
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Spotted: Your Favorite '90s Star in Stranger Things Season 2

Image Source: Netflix You may have noticed that a couple of stars from the '80s and '90s joined Stranger Things season two. First there's Sean Astin, of The Goonies and Rudy fame, as Bob the Brain. The second is Will's doctor at the Department of Energy. Dr. Owens is played by prolific comedian Paul Reiser. This 60-year-old New Yorker got his big break in entertainment in the 1982 Barry Levinson film Diner, which costars Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, and Daniel Stern. (It's worth a watch if you ever get a chance.) RelatedHas Stranger Things Already Started Planning Season 3? Here's What We Know After appearing in the first two Beverly Hills Cop films, Reiser landed one of the starring roles on the NBC sitcom My Two Dads opposite Greg Evigan and Staci Keanan. If you're the right age (like I am), you were a huge fan
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Paul Reiser Says He and Helen Hunt Are Open to a Mad About You Revival: 'We're Talking About It'

Paul Reiser Says He and Helen Hunt Are Open to a Mad About You Revival: 'We're Talking About It'
Paul Reiser is mad about the possibility of a Mad About You revival.

The 60-year-old actor tells People that he and Helen Hunt, who spent 7 seasons playing newlyweds Paul and Jamie in the hit NBC sitcom, are “talking about” bringing Mad About You back to explore the next chapter in their characters lives.

“If we can find the story to tell, and anybody’s interested, I’d be open to it,” Reiser said Thursday at the Stranger Things season 2 premiere in Westwood, California. “You got an idea? Yeah. Come up with some ideas.”

It’s a revelation that comes as a surprise even for Reiser,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop was one of those shows that really wasn’t much of anything special when you first looked at it. But when you actually watched the film you were made privy to a bunch of inside jokes and funny moments that you wouldn’t be able to see just by a glance. Eddie Murphy and the stellar cast of this film are entirely underrated by some but thankfully immortalized by others since the movie itself was pretty hilarious despite giving birth to two ill-fated sequels. Sometimes it’s best to stop when you already managed to make one hit. Her are

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Beverly Hills Cop
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