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Arrival Reaches $100 Million Worldwide

2 December 2016 10:54 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Paramount Picture’s Arrival from director Denis Villeneuve and starring Academy Award®-nominees Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, has reached $100 million at the worldwide box office.  The film has grossed $65.777M in the Us and Canada, and $35.123M internationally, thru Thursday.  Paramount Pictures handled distribution in the Us and Canada, with FilmNation Entertainment as the international sales agent for all territories. 

The acclaimed film received 10 nominations on Thursday from the Critics Choice Awards, including for Best Picture, Director, Actress and Adapted Screenplay and was recently named to the National Board of Review’s Top Films of 2016. The film’s star Amy Adams recently received the National Board of Review’s Best Actress award and was honored by the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards with a career achievement honor. 

In its third week of release, Arrival has earned $65.777M to date at more than 2,400 locations in the Us and Canada. The Atlantic called it, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Adam Nayman on the Confusion and Carnage of Ben Wheatley

1 December 2016 1:00 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A mainstay of both Cinema Scope and Reverse Shot (not to mention plenty of other publications), Adam Nayman is one of our sharpest film critics. This is evidenced in his previous book, It Doesn’t Suck, a thorough defense of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls that only solidified the film maudit as something of a modern classic. He’s now turned his attention to another divisive figure with Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage. While Nayman has shown in much of his writing a skepticism towards the lionization of certain genre directors in Internet circles, he makes a compelling case for the still yet-to-quite-breakthrough Wheatley as a wholly intelligent filmmaker whose ideas transcend Tumblr screencaps. He sat down with us to discuss his new book, Wheatley, and other issues within film culture.

The Film Stage: In comparison to your last book, It Doesn’t Suck, do you think this was a bigger or smaller task? »

- Ethan Vestby

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Jóhann Jóhannsson Describes the ‘Subsonic Rumblings’ of His ‘Arrival’ Score — Listen

29 November 2016 4:55 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jóhann Jóhannsson’s film scores tend to speak for themselves, but the “Sicario” and “Arrival” composer recently made an exception by appearing on the Song Exploder podcast to discuss his work. The main topic of discussion was the piece “Heptapod B” from Denis Villeneuve’s latest film, which the Icelandic musician describes as “subsonic rumbling.”

Read More: How Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Found a New Musical Language for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival

Jóhannsson also worked with Villeneuve on “Prisoners,” the director’s English-language debut, and will likewise score his “Blade Runner” sequel due out next October. He describes his process during the podcast, going in depth on the layering techniques he used alongside synthesizers, wood and the human voice. “I avoided long notes,” he says, which was part of his attempt not to simply mimic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” “I wanted to work with this kind of stuttering, random, rhythm pattern »

- Michael Nordine

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The Lrm Interview with Arrival Composer Johann Johannsson

28 November 2016 8:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

By now, you hopefully have had a chance to check out Denis Villeneuve’s amazing sci-fi film Arrival, and if you have, then you’re likely to have been quite taken by the musical score by frequent Villeneuve collaborator, composer Johann Johannson.

Having been nominated for an Oscar for his score for Villeneuve’s 2016 crime thriller Sicario, Johannsson took a very different approach to the film that has Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner trying to communicate with aliens that have mysteriously come to earth with their intentions unknown.

Lrm got on the phone with Johannsson to talk about the music for Denis Villeneuve’s amazing film.

Lrm: This is your third movie with Denis. At what point does he get you involved? Obviously, he’s doing many movies back to back, so do you start working on “Arrival” before he even starts working or at what point do you start getting involved? »

- Edward Douglas

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Why Emily Blunt Won't Return in Sicario 2 According to Writer

26 November 2016 10:47 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lionsgate found themselves a very unlikely franchise last year, or at least that is the hope. The drug cartel thriller Sicario was a modest box office hit but a tremendous critical smash. Even though it wrapped up very nicely and felt like a complete story, the studio decided to green light a sequel. Unfortunately, Emily Blunt won't be back for Sicario 2, titled Soldado, but screenwriter Tayler Sheridan has a good reason for that.

Sicario 2 won't be a direct sequel to Sicario, it will be a standalone movie. Speaking with The Wrap recently, Tayler Sheridan explained that he would really like to work with Emily Blunt again, but couldn't find a logical story reason to bring her character back, given the events of the first movie. Here is what he had to say.

"Look what she went through. It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character »

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How Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Found a New Musical Language for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’

21 November 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Everything came together for film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson on “Arrival,” his third score with director Denis Villeneuve (following “Prisoners” and “Sicario”). Here he was able to broaden his avant-garde musical expression in a way that was totally in sync with the alien contact movie about language and communication.

“I have the luxury of working in pre-production with Denis, and the primary inspiration for the score came from the concept art,” Jóhannsson told IndieWire. “One of the main themes was written during the first week of shooting when the helicopter approaches the alien shell [or ship] for the first time.

“I did a session in Berlin where I was working with a 16-track tape loop and I recorded layers and layers of piano drones (sustained without the attack) at different speeds and slowed them down. So it took on the texture of the very tense drone with almost no processing. These were analog »

- Bill Desowitz

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Thanks, ‘Arrival’! Why the Box Office This Weekend Could Mean a Record 2016: Top 10 Takeaways

14 November 2016 7:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With two strong holdovers in “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls,” two strong openers with “Arrival” and “Almost Christmas,” and a boost from the Veteran’s Day holiday, grosses shot up again over last year. Still, success wasn’t across the board. EuropaCorp failed again as a standalone distributor in the U.S. market with “Shut In,” a thriller starring Naomi Watts that couldn’t even hit $4 million.

 

The Top 10

1. Doctor Strange (Disney) Week 2; Last weekend #1

$43,032,000 (-49%) in 3,882 theaters (unchanged); PTA (per theater average): $11,085; Cumulative: $153,014,000

2. Trolls (20th Century Fox)  Week 2; Last weekend #2

$35,050,000 (-25%) in 4,066 theaters (+6); PTA: $8,620; Cumulative: $94,014,000

3. Arrival (Paramount) New – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 81; Est. budget: $40 million

$24,000,000 in 2,317 theaters; PTA: $10,358; Cumulative: $24,000,000

4. Almost Christmas (Universal) New – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 53; Est. budget: $17 million

$15,564,000 in 2,376 theaters; PTA: $6,551; Cumulative: $15,564,000

5. Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate) Week 2; Last weekend #3

$10,775,000 (-29%) in 2,961 theaters (no change); PTA: $3,627; Cumulative: $32,264,000

6. The Accountant (Warner Bros.)  Week 5; Last weekend #6

$4,570,000 (-22%) in 2,342 theaters (-346); PTA: $1,951; Cumulative: $77,726,000

7. Shut In »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Doctor Strange Wins Box Office Weekend #2 Against Arrival

13 November 2016 11:05 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After easily taking the box office crown last weekend, Marvel's Doctor Strange went up against three newcomers, Paramount's Arrival, Universal's Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's Shut In. While our original projections had the race much closer, Doctor Strange had no trouble repeating at the top, taking in an estimated $43 million. Trolls also remained in second place with $35 million, dropping just 24.8% in its second weekend, while Doctor Strange dropped just 49.8%, both of which are impressive in their own right.

Doctor Strange remained in 3,882 theaters this weekend, the same as its opening frame, earning a respectable $11,085 per-screen average, down from its $21,911 per-screen average on opening weekend. This superhero adventure will likely be playing in roughly more than 1,600 theaters than its new competitors this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Arrival debuted in 2,317 theaters, while Almost Christmas arrived in 2,376 theaters and Shut In arrived in 2,058 theaters.

As of now, Arrival was the only movie »

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Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange’ Stays on Top With $43 Million, ‘Arrival’ Impresses

13 November 2016 8:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alien invasion thriller “Arrival” capitalized on strong reviews to score an impressive debut, while Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” topped the box office for the second consecutive weekend.

The superhero adventure picked up $43 million to bring its domestic total to $153 million. DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls” came in second, earning $35 million to bring its stateside haul to $94 million after two weeks of release.

The mixture of strong holdovers and compelling new releases goosed box office receipts, while offering a sense of respite after a bruising presidential election that saw Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton for the White House.

“Escapism seemed to be the order of the day,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “I think people wanted to step outside of the world of politics and get back to some semblance of normalcy.”

Ticket sales also benefited from the Veteran’s Day holiday, which gave school children and »

- Brent Lang

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‘Arrival’ Review: Time Is A Flat, Wordy Circle

11 November 2016 2:42 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Denis Villeneuve is one of the best filmmakers working today. His last two films, 2013's Prisoners, of which we rated very highly at the time of its release, and 2015's Sicario, which made it on our Best Films of 2015 list showcased a true talent, as each film was incredibly unique with its human nature-based story, and yet Villeneuve was able to make them both compelling. And now, with Arrival, Villeneuve sets his brilliant style and pacing on a science fiction story, and in so doing, shows the world that he could direct the phone book and make it interesting.

In Arrival, 12 alien constructs land on earth in 12 very unique places across the globe (Montana?) Our new visitors come speaking a language that, understandably, no one on Earth can understand. And only with the help of a damaged linguist (Amy Adams) and a mathematician (Jeremy Renner), working with teams from other nations across the globe, »

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‘Arrival’ Score: Listen to Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Moving Compositions

11 November 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jóhann Jóhannsson’s latest score for Denis Villeneuve’s thriller “Arrival” takes listeners to another world. The Academy Award-nominated composer blended both classical and avant-garde elements to accompany the story of an alien invasion. The soundtrack was released by Deutsche Grammophon on Friday, November 11 and you can listen to it below.

Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, the drama is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion after the government brings in an esteemed linguist, Louise Banks (Adams), to attempt to decipher their language and figure out their intent on Earth.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Exclusive: Denis Villeneuve and Amy Adams Want To Make Science-Fiction Feel Real Again — Watch

To compose the music, Jóhannsson worked with several singers and vocal ensembles, including Theatre of Voices, conducted by Paul Hillier, and other artists including Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Hildur Guðnadóttir. The album also includes the track “On the Nature of »

- Liz Calvario

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Stream Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Stirring Score For ‘Arrival’

11 November 2016 7:45 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Arrival” lands in cinemas today, and you don’t need to us to tell you (again) that it’s terrific, and one of the year’s best movies. Much of the film’s success goes to the clever script by Eric Heisserer, the terrific performances by Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, and an overall approach that places emotion and smarts ahead of spectacle. But there’s also the score by Jóhann Jóhannsson, who has reunited with director Denis Villeneuve following “Prisoners” and “Sicario,” and delivered another astonishing set of music.

Continue reading Stream Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Stirring Score For ‘Arrival’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Paging ‘Doctor Strange’ and the ‘Arrival’ of ‘Almost Christmas’: Box Office Weekend Preview

10 November 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Led by the Disney/Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls” (20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation), the Top 10 box office continues to be strong. And with three new wide releases, totals could be 20 percent over last year.

Those new films — “Arrival” (Paramount), “Almost Christmas” (Universal), and “Shut In” (EuropaCorp) — won’t top the second-week blockbusters. Even if  “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls” each drop 50 percent, they’d gross $42 million and $23 million, respectively. None of the new titles are likely to cross $20 million, though “Arrival” and “Almost Christmas” could come close.

 

This weekend gets an added boost from Veteran’s Day on Friday, a Federal holiday that gives many school kids the day off. That will boost all grosses, but particularly “Trolls” and also the already well-received “Doctor Strange.”

See More‘Arrival’ Critical Roundup: Reviews Say Amy Adams is Out Of This World in Sci-Fi Drama

The release of  Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival »

- Tom Brueggemann

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52nd Chicago International Film Festival Review – Arrival (2016)

10 November 2016 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Arrival, 2016.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien and Tzi Ma

Synopsis:

A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.

Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) continues his hot-streak of English language speaking films (and his hot-streak of film-making in general) with Arrival, possibly one of the most restrained and nuanced offerings from the science fiction genre of all time. There is quite literally about three seconds of action in the entire movie, so if that frightens you maybe you should rent Independence Day: Resurgence off your local cable provider. For everyone else that is actually intrigued by an alien invasion film built around the central idea of language, more specifically being the importance of communication between different lexicons then step right up because Arrival successfully manages to squeeze the most out of its themes presented.

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- Robert Kojder

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Arrival Movie Review

9 November 2016 1:38 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve (‘Sicario,’ ‘Prisoners’) Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg The perplexities of life are always plaguing people’s sense of humanity and identity, as they struggle to find the true meaning of their purpose on Earth. Exploring the true nature of life as they contend with conflict and knowingly approach death is often the best way for people to maintain their humility. That’s certainly the case with the protagonist and the supporting characters of the new sci-fi movie, ‘Arrival,’ which grippingly points out how disconnected many people truly are from society. The drama, which was directed by ‘Sicario’ helmer, Denis Villeneuve, features actress  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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‘Arrival’ Could Never Have Been Made By a Studio: Here’s Why

9 November 2016 10:57 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Look under the hood and many of the Hollywood studios’ best movies are independently financed, like Paramount Pictures’ “Arrival.” The studio won the brainy sci-fi thriller in a Cannes 2014 bidding war, plunking down a record $20 million for North America and other territories — but only after it was already financed and packaged with Oscar-nominated Denis Villeneuve, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner.

Arrival” was initially developed at Twentieth Century Fox, where director-producer Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment has sustained a rich first-look production deal for 10 years that stretches back to the first “Night at the Museum.” Levy, who studied English and Theater at Yale, has continued to direct family movies like “Cheaper By the Dozen” and DreamWorks’ “Real Steel;” meanwhile, 21 Laps also produced “Date Night,” the $2-million Sundance A24 hit “The Spectacular Now” (developed from the bestseller), and discovery Matt and Ross Duffer’s breakout sci-fi Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

 

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- Anne Thompson

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‘Arrival’ Could Never Have Been Made By A Studio: Here’s Why — Consider This

9 November 2016 10:57 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Look under the hood and many of the Hollywood studios’ best movies are independently financed, like Paramount Pictures’ “Arrival.” The studio won the brainy sci-fi thriller in a Cannes 2014 bidding war, plunking down a record $20 million for North America and other territories — but only after it was already financed and packaged with Oscar-nominated Denis Villeneuve, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner.

Arrival” was initially developed at Twentieth Century Fox, where director-producer Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment has sustained a rich first-look production deal for 10 years that stretches back to the first “Night at the Museum.” Levy, who studied English and Theater at Yale, has continued to direct family movies like “Cheaper By the Dozen” and DreamWorks’ “Real Steel;” meanwhile, 21 Laps also produced “Date Night,” the $2-million Sundance A24 hit “The Spectacular Now” (developed from the bestseller), and discovery Matt and Ross Duffer’s breakout sci-fi Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

 

Levy and »

- Anne Thompson

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'Arrival' Review: Alien-Invasion Movie Is This Generation's 'Close Encounters'

9 November 2016 9:46 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Amy Adams is a miracle worker of an actress – she makes us believe in whoever and whatever she's playing. In Arrival, a mesmerizing mindbender directed with searching mind and heart by the Quebec-born Denis Villeneuve, Adams plays a woman who talks to aliens. Or at least she wants to, desperately. She's not crazy; she's Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics prof who gets called in by the U.S. military, in the person of Forest Whitaker's army colonel, to make contact with the creatures whose oval spaceships hover overhead in rural Montana. »

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“Arrival” is an emotional and smart science fiction Oscar contender

9 November 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s no secret that science fiction has a hard time at the Academy Awards. This year, the latest contender to hopefully buck that trend in a notable way is Arrival, which pairs director Denis Villeneuve with star Amy Adams. It hits theaters this week and is an interesting mix of independent sensibilities and mainstream blockbuster entertainment. Alien invasions tend to be large scale action flicks, but this film is a cerebral drama, and a very human one at that. When sci-fi is good, there’s always the chance that Oscar takes notice, despite its iffy history. With this one, there’s a chance, no doubt about that. Once again, the film is a sci-fi drama centering on well regarded linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Adams) who is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications when mysterious spaceships arrive at various locations on Earth. Working with a scientist »

- Joey Magidson

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Can Arrival Beat Doctor Strange at the Box Office?

8 November 2016 8:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Much to no one's surprise, Marvel debuted yet another box office hit with their new Phase 3 adventure Doctor Strange, which took in just over $85 million last weekend, slightly ahead of the $84.9 million estimates on Sunday. This weekend, three new releases try to knock the Sorcerer Supreme off the top spot, with Paramount's Arrival, Universal's Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp's Shut In arriving in wide release. Despite this trio of new competitors, we're predicting that Doctor Strange should have no problem hanging on to the top spot with $43.4 million.

Doctor Strange debuted in 3,882 theaters last weekend, pulling in an impressive $21,911 per-screen average. While it remains to be seen if that theater count will be altered this weekend, as it stands now, this superhero adventure will likely be playing in roughly more than 1,600 theaters than its new competitors this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Almost Christmas and Arrival will both debut in roughly 2,200 theaters, »

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