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The Weekend Warrior 9/30/2016: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds

28 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.   

This Past Weekend:

 While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month. »

- Edward Douglas

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‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie

22 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

We all know what a heartwarming Disney sports drama feels like. Glossy, sentimental, going for rousing win moments. When Ugandan-Belizean Disney executive VP production Tendo Nagenda read Tim Crothers’ 2013 Espn magazine feature about Phiona Mutesi, a chess master who rose up from selling corn in the Kampala, Uganda slum of Katwe, he knew he’d found the right story. But he knew that if it was going to resonate, this couldn’t be soft-focus or glib. He had to find a director with the sensibility to keep it real.

For that, he approached veteran New York filmmaker Mira Nair, who has also lived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala for 27 years. He invited himself to tea, and she jumped on board.

They developed “Queen of Katwe” (September 23) with writer William Wheeler. Nair finally met Mutesi when she was in New York to play against Kasperov, she told me in our interview. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie

22 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We all know what a heartwarming Disney sports drama feels like. Glossy, sentimental, going for rousing win moments. When Ugandan-Belizean Disney executive VP production Tendo Nagenda read Tim Crothers’ 2013 Espn magazine feature about Phiona Mutesi, a chess master who rose up from selling corn in the Kampala, Uganda slum of Katwe, he knew he’d found the right story. But he knew that if it was going to resonate, this couldn’t be soft-focus or glib. He had to find a director with the sensibility to keep it real.

For that, he approached veteran New York filmmaker Mira Nair, who has also lived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala for 27 years. He invited himself to tea, and she jumped on board.

They developed “Queen of Katwe” (September 23) with writer William Wheeler. Nair finally met Mutesi when she was in New York to play against Kasperov, she told me in our interview. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Weekend Warrior 9/23/16: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

21 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:

 Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom HanksSully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »

- Edward Douglas

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Queen of Katwe’

10 September 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Queen of Katwe” doesn’t veer from the family-friendly inspirational sports movie playbook — there’s a plucky protagonist looking for a way out, a hardworking single mom concerned about false hopes, a committed coach seeking personal redemption. But the Disney release from veteran helmer Mira Nair is quietly radical in enough ways to make you cheer despite the cliches.

In telling the true story of a preteen girl in Uganda who becomes an unlikely chess prodigy, “Katwe” is the rare Hollywood film that never sets foot in the U.S. and doesn’t focus on a white hero to make that point of view more “universal.” It respects its characters’ Christian faith, without emphasizing religion in an attempt to rope in “faith-based” ticket buyers. And it’s a film about real people facing real problems, not pre-sold brands battling it out amid CGI-enhanced spectacle.

What that means for the box »

- Geoff Berkshire

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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 11 New Movies From Female Directors and Filmmakers to See

17 August 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

White Girl,” September 2

Writer-director Elizabeth Wood exploded onto the filmmaking scene when her controversial debut “White Girl” shocked audiences at the Sundance Film Festival. A fearless portrait of young female sexuality, the film stars “Homeland’s” Morgan Saylor as Leah, a college student who becomes involved with a young drug dealer during the last two weeks of summer in New York City. When the cops »

- Kate Erbland, David Ehrlich, Graham Winfrey, Steve Greene, Chris O'Falt and Zack Sharf

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Is Pippa Middleton Taking Her Style Cues from Rihanna and Gigi Hadid?

29 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Pippa Middleton's jewelry box just gained a major addition in the form of a jaw-dropping diamond engagement ring, but another much-loved item worn frequently by the royal sibling is becoming a must-have jewelry accessory. • Want to keep up with the latest royals coverage? Click here to subscribe to the Royals Newsletter.The gold and diamond alphabet pendant from British jeweler, Annoushka, is loved by Pippa so much, she often buys it as gifts for friends. And she's in good company, as the piece has also been spotted gracing the décolletage of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Stewart and Gigi Hadid, »

- Monique Jessen, @moniquejessen

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Hilary Swank Joins The Gang In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

9 June 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Things have been pretty quiet lately for two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. The actress hit a particularly bad streak of movies a few years back — “Amelia,” “Conviction,” “The Resident,” “New Year’s Eve,” “Mary and Martha” — which either didn’t connect with critics or audiences or both. And when she did find great material, like […]

The post Hilary Swank Joins The Gang In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award

29 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Francisco Film Society has named filmmaker Mira Nair the recipient of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award.

She will be presented the award at the April 25 awards ceremonies at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion. The award is given each year in memory of the festival’s founder Irving M. Levin.

Nair will also be honored at “An Afternoon With Mira Nair” at the Castro Theatre on April 24 with an onstage conversation followed by a screening of “Monsoon Wedding,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 2001. The presentation will also include an exclusive first look at special footage from Nair’s next project “Queen of Katwe,” about a rural Ugandan girl with an aptitude for chess, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.

Mira Nair has brilliantly bridged American and South Asian film traditions for more than 30 years, »

- Dave McNary

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