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‘Citizen Jane’ Tops New Limited Releases, and ‘Lost City of Z’ Makes the Top 10

23 April 2017 10:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two specialized releases made the top 10 this week: “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight) came in #8 with $4.5 million, while the second weekend of “The Lost City of Z” (Bleecker Street) managed to place 10th in only 614 theaters.

Specialty distributors are pushing their films to more theaters; at nearly 2,000 theaters in its third week, “Gifted” is a wide release. This strategy doesn’t always work: A24 went to over 1,000 theaters initially for “Free Fire” with Brie Larson. It flopped across the board despite its pedigree.

Documentaries continue to stand out among niche limited openers. “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” (IFC) scored a strong New York two-theater response despite its parallel VOD option. And food scored again as “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” (The Orchard) worked with targeted marketing in its first two cities.

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Free Fire (A24) – Metactritic: 64; Festivals include: Toronto 2016

$1,040,000 in 1,070 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $972

Clearly a disappointment considering its »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Ewan McGregor: Good Genes or Good Docs?

23 April 2017 12:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Ewan McGregor’s looks are a force to be reckoned with! Here’s a 25-year-old version of the ‘Trainspotting’ star at the Cannes Film Festival back in 1996 (left) and 21 years later ... the sci-fi staple better known as Obi-Wan Kenobi -- in New York City earlier this month (right). He may not be 'The Last Jedi' ... but he's certainly the hottest. The question is ... Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Win an iTunes download code for The Pyramid Texts

22 April 2017 3:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

Solascope Motion Pictures is proud to announce the digital release of The Pyramid Texts – winner of Best Performance in a British Feature Film for lead actor James Cosmo and nominee for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival. To celebrate the film releasing on iTunes 28th April 2017, we have three iTunes codes to give to three lucky winners to download and watch the film!

The film presents an astonishingly powerful and moving tour-de- force performance from James Cosmo (Game of Thrones, T2 Trainspotting, Braveheart) as veteran fighter Ray. With a long, ferocious career inside the boxing ring and a reckless life outside, Ray finally bears all his physical and emotional scars while desperately trying to reconcile with his estranged son.

Shot in black-and- white and set against the backdrop of a boxing ring, the script, by BAFTA winner Geoff Thompson, »

- Competitions

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'Fargo' Season 3: Noah Hawley and Cast on Sex, Lies and Stamp Collections

19 April 2017 7:56 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Most showrunners have their own particular ways of coming up with storylines or charting full seasons for returning series. For Noah Hawley, the process usually starts with taking a nap. "It's kind of always been like this," he says sheepishly, calling in from a chilly set in Calgary, Alberta. "I mean, what became Fargo started when I lied down one afternoon while I was writing and dreamed about two men, one civilized and one not, meeting in an emergency room. For the second season, same thing – only it was a »

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'Fargo': FX's Coen-verse Crime Thriller Doubles Down on Cracked Genius

17 April 2017 7:25 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Early on in the excellent new Fargo season, a down-and-out Minnesota chump makes a clumsy yet furious demand: "Are you gonna do what's right here, or are you gonna do what's right?" Bold prediction: Nobody here is going anywhere near what's right. The hotly awaited third chapter of Noah Hawley's groundbreaking FX anthology crime thriller is another snow noir in the Midwestern wastelands, full of cripplingly polite crooks just one you-betcha away from getting clubbed over the head. Everybody smells easy money – which means everybody is a target.

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‘The Lost City of Z’ and ‘Norman’ Ride Specialty Box Office Surge

16 April 2017 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The slow specialty box office is picking up. “The Lost City of Z” (Bleecker Street) opened just below the numbers posted last week by “Colossal” (Neon) and “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” (Sony Pictures Classics) also opened to over $20,000. And “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” (Abramorama) showed strong initial single-theater results, with Emily Dickinson story “A Quiet Passion” (Music Box) also showing some interest.

After a promising start, “Colossal” expanded quickly, showing strength among wider audiences, along with “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight) and “Their Finest” (Stx). And holocaust drama “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (Focus) passed the $10 million mark in only its third weekend.

Festival favorite “Maudie,” a Canadian-Irish coproduction set in a small Nova Scotia town, opened in four Canadian theaters ahead of its June stateside release from Sony Classics Pictures, with a three day total of around $60,000. It stars Sally Hawkins and »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Fargo Star Ewan McGregor on Playing Two Very Different Brothers: 'I've Really Had My Work Cut Out for Me'

10 April 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Is it possible for an actor to win two Emmys for one TV show?

In Season 3 of FX’s Fargo — premiering Wednesday, April 19 at 10/9c — Ewan McGregor is attempting maybe the most difficult acting feat of his career: playing the dual lead roles of feuding Minnesota brothers Ray and Emmit Stussy. For him, that meant 18-hour shooting days and hours upon hours of makeup and costume changes… not to mention all that dialogue. “That means two roles to learn. And they can be quite wordy, the scenes,” McGregor says with a laugh. “I’ve really had my work cut out for me. »

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New Indie Players Score at the Box Office with ‘Colossal,’ ‘Their Finest,’ and ‘Your Name.’

9 April 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two new indie distributors injected some life into the specialty box office this weekend with two unconventional releases.

Both “Colossal” (Neon Films) and Japanese anime smash “Your Name.” (FUNimation) rode positive reviews to strong box office. With more conventional World War II drama “Their Finest” (Stx), three films from non-establishment distributors show impressive arthouse strength.

Read More: ‘Colossal’ Is the Monster Movie No Studio Would Ever Make, And It’s Teaching Hollywood a Lesson

Jessica Chastain vehicle “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” shaping up to be the biggest specialty release so far this year, justified its initial wider run with a solid second weekend.

At least nine of the new limited releases this week also are available on Video on Demand. The only one to see much traction was “Alive and Kicking” (Magnolia), directed by specialty industry veteran Susan Glatzer, marking an unusual documentary presentation from Blumhouse Productions. The dance movie grossed $9000 in five theaters. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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How Danny Boyle Blew the Sequel to ‘Trainspotting’

8 April 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nostalgia for the ’90s has a special double potency. The decade is now old enough that we can look back at it with the same bittersweet remember when? tug that powered ’80s nostalgia and ’70s nostalgia — and, before that, the 1962 nostalgia of “American Graffiti” (the movie that was the true launchpad of nostalgia culture). There’s a great deal in the ’90 to get nostalgic about: “Seinfeld” and Tarantino, “Sex and the City” and “Boogie Nights”; the Clinton boom and the Clinton scandals; the return of martinis; the rise of boy bands and grunge, Snoop Dogg and Eminem; the earthquake that was O.J.; and on and on. Yet part of the decade’s uniqueness came from what wasn’t there. It was the last moment before the Internet took over, and along with it a certain aura of technological control. I’d argue that with rose-colored hindsight (and when it comes to nostalgia, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Film Review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ is a Nostalgic Trip That Stays on the Rails

6 April 2017 12:44 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Sequels are the bane of film’s existence. They tend to end with unresolved plotlines in an attempt to promote the need for another film. Disappointing film franchises have been built this way, but Danny Boyle is the last person I would have expected this from. “T2 Trainspotting” is the sequel to “Trainspotting” that we never wanted but are surprisingly happy to have.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Trainspotting” didn’t end the conventional way by resolving every conflict, but instead ended with the limitless potential of a new beginning. Danny Boyle has never been a slave to conventions so this comes as no surprise, but the way he ended the first film left it completely open-ended and up to the imagination of the viewer. There is a purity to that approach that forces the audience to take everything they have experienced and learned during the film and use it to create their own ending. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Perfectly Pensive in ‘The Child In Time’ First Look (Photo)

4 April 2017 5:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sherlock” fans needing a Benedict Cumberbatch fix can revel in the first look photo from his upcoming Masterpiece on PBS series “The Child In Time.” While the sneak peek image simply shows the British actor walking through the woods in England wearing a Barbour jacket and a serious expression, it was enough of a teaser to placate millions of anxious Cumberbitches around the world. Stephen Butchard’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s award-winning novel also stars Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Trainspotting”), Stephen Campbell Moore (“The History Boys,” “The Go-Between”) and Saskia Reeves (“Wolf Hall,” “Wallander”). Also Read: Benedict Cumberbatch to »

- Debbie Emery

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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Lures Crowds to Jessica Chastain and World War II

2 April 2017 10:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hungry for fresh nourishment, specialty audiences flocked to new World War II drama “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (Focus Features), directed by Niki Caro and starring Jessica Chastain.

While smart-house moviegoers can be discerning — see Fox Searchlight’s “Wilson” — the holocaust drama overcame modest reviews to score in wider initial release. The dearth of other product should help Focus to find bigger success ahead.

Read More: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Director Niki Caro Has a Plan for Fighting Hollywood’s Gender Gap

New openings finding niche interest were led by “David Lynch – The Art Life” (Janus) as smaller films continue to struggle.

At a time of dwindling movie ad revenue, streaming service Netflix took out two full-page ads for five films in both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. They touted four Sundance debuts: “The Discovery” starring Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, which played limited theatrical dates with no grosses reported, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Spring Breakers’ Should Not Be a Digital Series (or a Franchise)

31 March 2017 7:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s easy to understand the Hollywood logic behind developing sequels: If it does well, keep it going — and going, and going, with spin-offs flying in every direction long after the concept has been spread thin. But some projects are so antithetical to this approach that the very idea of the franchise approach registers as a vulgarity. So it goes with the ongoing attempts to turn Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” into something more than a single movie.

First, it was going to be a sequel; now, it’s a “digital series,” again without the participation of the creative team behind the original. This needs to stop.

Three years ago, it was reported that Muse Prods., the company run by Chris and Roberta Hanley, was shopping around a followup to the 2012 project without the involvement of Korine or anyone else associated with the original. That included “Spring Breakers” star James Franco, »

- Eric Kohn

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A Deep Dive into the Iconic Trainspotting Toilet Scene

30 March 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

“British films always have toilet scenes, don’t they?” director Danny Boyle asks. “Most other cultures don’t bother, but the British always do — we’re obsessed with them, I think.”

Certainly it’s hard to fathom another bathroom scene in cinema history 
as putrid as the one in Boyle’s 1996 Trainspotting.

To read more Untold Stories, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here — and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

Renton (Ewan McGregor) takes opium suppositories to combat his heroin withdrawal. Unfortunately, the timing is such that »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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Directors' Trademarks: Danny Boyle

28 March 2017 6:09 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, with the release of T2 Trainspotting, we’re looking at the trademark style and calling signs of Danny Boyle as director.

After almost deciding to become a priest early in his teens, Boyle instead found something else that sparked his interest; drama. He studied English and drama in college, and upon graduating worked for several theatre companies. Eventually, he began to direct productions, something he still does to this day between film projects. In 1987 he left theater to work for BBC in Ireland and became a producer and director of television shows. He directed several TV movies before making his first feature film in 1994, Shallow Grave. That film found widespread appeal in audiences and critics alike, and became the highest grossing British film in 1995. The success of that film allowed »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Writing New TV Series Based on Acid House Movement

28 March 2017 1:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Irvine Welsh, author of the best-selling 1993 novel “Trainspotting,” has been tapped to pen a new TV series based on the birth of the acid house and rave music movement, as reported by Fact. Welsh’s screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh will co-write the screenplay.

Read More: ‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Wants Donald Trump to Watch and Publicly Condemn the Sequel

The series will be titled “Ibiza87” and will be inspired by the careers of the famous DJs Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling. It follows the story of the advent of the rave movement, from the trio’s famous trip to Ibiza in 1987 (after which they became known as “the Ibiza four” together with DJ Johnny Walker) to the summer of 1989, known as the Second Summer of Love, when acid music became the dominant sound in England’s club scene.

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Triumphs At the Box Office, While »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Writing New TV Series Based on Acid House Movement

28 March 2017 1:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Irvine Welsh, author of the best-selling 1993 novel “Trainspotting,” has been tapped to pen a new TV series based on the birth of the acid house and rave music movement, as reported by Fact. Welsh’s screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh will co-write the screenplay.

Read More: ‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Wants Donald Trump to Watch and Publicly Condemn the Sequel

The series will be titled “Ibiza87” and will be inspired by the careers of the famous DJs Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling. It follows the story of the advent of the rave movement, from the trio’s famous trip to Ibiza in 1987 (after which they became known as “the Ibiza four” together with DJ Johnny Walker) to the summer of 1989, known as the Second Summer of Love, when acid music became the dominant sound in England’s club scene.

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Triumphs At the Box Office, While »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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'Late Late Show' Co-Producers, 'Trainspotting' Author Irvine Welsh Creating '80s Dance Music TV Series

28 March 2017 11:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

With the Trainspotting sequel finally having hit cinema screens (some 21 years after the first film), the author of the book that inspired the original movie, Irvine Welsh, is now turning his attention in another, music-fueled direction. 

The Scotsman has teamed with growing U.K. banner Fulwell73, co-producers of The Late Late Show (hosted by their new official partner James Corden) to write Ibiza87, which will chronicle the dance music and acid house explosion that took place in the late '80s. 

The series, backed by Sony Pictures International, is being co-written by Welsh and regular collaborator Dean Cavanagh, a former music promoter and »

- Alex Ritman

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Fulwell 73, Irvine Welsh, Sony team on 'Ibiza87'

28 March 2017 3:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

TV drama series to chronicle dance music scene.

I Am Bolt and Class of 92 producer Fulwell 73 is in development on Ibiza87, a TV drama series charting the rise of electronic dance music in the late 1980s.

Loosely based on the exploits of UK DJs Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Nicky Holloway - all of whom are attached to the project - the series chronicles the story of a group of friends from south London who became well known DJs at the forefront of the acid house and electronic dance music scene.

Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh are on board as writers.

Leo Pearlman at Fulwell 73 is producer; executive producer is Josephine Rose for Sony Pictures International.

The soundtrack is set to be curated and compiled by Rampling, Oakenfold and Holloway.

Pearlman said “This is the story of a youth culture movement that swept a nation and eventually the world, the wider cultural »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘Wilson’ Flops for Fox Searchlight as ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Holds Strong

26 March 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This weekend, strong holdover “T2 Trainspotting” outperformed Fox Searchlight disappointment “Wilson” at the specialty box office. Jazz documentary “I Called Him Morgan” is the bright spot among new specialty entries — at just one theater. This year, there are so many well-reviewed wide releases enjoying huge success with smart adults that the indies need a strong critical response to compete for moviegoers.

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Wilson (Fox Searchlight)  Metacritic: 50; Festivals include: Sundance 2017

$330,000 in 310 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $1,065

Wilson” did not make a splash at Sundance, and even a top-flight specialized distributor like Fox Searchlight can’t transform a film with mediocre reviews into a success. It’s got a great pedigree — directed by Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”), Daniel Clowes adapted it from his own graphic novel and its includes Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Searchlight went with a non-platform wider initial release of 330 theaters. For all that, however, the results »

- Tom Brueggemann

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