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This weekend brings a rare event as three very different specialty films face off nationally on between 800-900 theaters. Debuting “Southside With You” (Roadside Attractions) and “Hands of Stone” (Weinstein) go up against “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate) in its third week.
The winner is “Hell or High Water,” which after this weekend’s success could wind up the year’s highest-grossing specialized release. “Southside With You” also scored high numbers, with “Hands of Stone” not up to its level.
Five Sundance releases are among this week’s new films, ranging from relatively wide opener “Southside” to Video on Demand entry “The Intervention.” As the Toronto Film Festival looms, the Park City event, despite offering half as many films, remains the biggest festival for acquisition titles.
$3,065,000 in 813 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,762
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- Tom Brueggemann
Studiocanal and Joann Sfar’s Autochenille Production are prepping an animated feature adaptation of Sfar’s own comic series, Petit Vampire. Sfar, whose credits include The Prophet, The Rabbi’s Cat and Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, will direct. Petit Vampire was first published in 1999. The film version will be an original story taking some elements from the first volume of the comic. The story is centered on the bored Little Vampire. He’s been 10 years old for 300 years and… »
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Just in time for Easter, the largest family film event in the land is a pick-and-mix of trusted names and new work aimed at the over-fives, with animation to the fore. Disney’s Zootropolis opens proceedings, and there are workshops, masterclasses, free activities and previews involving Minecraft, Lego, Clangers, Bob The Builder and Adventure Time (a special first look that includes a new stop-motion episode). For older viewers there’s new anime such as Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-nominated When Marnie Was There, a Salma Hayek-produced version of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, plus live-action features old and new. And, at Leeds Town Hall, there are immersive screenings themed around The Shawshank Redemption (where you’re literally a captive audience) and Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (where you’re literally a kid in a candy store).
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- Steve Rose
The ever-evolving Annie Awards have undergone yet another change, taking the top animated feature prize and splitting it into two categories in order to give smaller independent features a chance to compete on a more even playing field.
“We wanted to give the independents and foreign films a greater chance to be honored with an Annie. With so much innovation and activity, one award for feature animation was simply not enough,” says Jerry Beck, president of Asifa-Hollywood, the organization behind the Annies. “This new category is not a lesser honor — it is fully equivalent to winning the best feature prize. It’s our way of recognizing these unique, innovative works done outside the Hollywood system.”
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- Terry Flores
In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, January 26th 2016.
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Follow-Up Depatie-Freleng Supplements News Arrow Video: Cult Cinema sold out directly (Available from Amazon UK), BFI: Napoleon Criterion Collection: In A Lonely Place Disney: Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray 4/5 Flicker Alley: Blu-ray Mod, film noirs John Carpenter Lost Themes II Kino: Tijuana Toads, Roland and Rattfink, Beware! The Blob, Eleni, Fuzz, Absolution, Masters of Cinema: April announcements tomorrow Olive Films: April titles Second Run: teaming up with Arrow Video Shout! Scream: Manhunter cover, MST3K Vol 2, NightHawks, I Saw What You Did / You’ll Like My Mother Thunderbean: Flip the Frog and Cubby Bear Twilight Time: New February titles available for pre-order on Wednesday February 3rd: Where The Sidewalk Ends, Cowboy, The Big Heat, »
- Ryan Gallagher
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Tom Hanks has a cold, and he needs to save America. A natural follow-up to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in its immersion into nitpicky political discussion, Bridge of Spies also distinguishes itself with a wittier, frequently downright sarcastic screenplay (mostly courtesy, one imagines, of the Coen brothers), more agile camerawork (the ten-minute opening jaunt through Mark Rylance’s Brooklyn morning has been a justified source of attention), and a different kind of lead »
- TFS Staff
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations announcement was so reflective of a splintered season it was almost beautiful … if it wasn’t so heartbreaking for so many at the same time.
“The Martian,” a film many thought to be a strong contender to win the best picture Oscar, picked up seven nominations. That’s the profile of a thoroughbred. Yet it fell out of key races like best director (Ridley Scott missing after riding the career achievement train all season) and best film editing (until last year, no best picture winner had missed in this category for over 30 years).
“Room,” a film that couldn’t get arrested on the guild circuit, with just a pair of nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, came back strong with a best picture nomination and, in a true surprise, a best director bid.
“Spotlight,” a film that showed real vulnerability in the last several weeks, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Roger Allers faced a unique challenge as the director of “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.” He had to curate eight separate pieces of animation from nine other directors (twins Paul and Gaetan Brizzi helmed one segment) each interpreting one of Gibran’s classic poems, as well as craft a touching story that bound them all together into a single, cohesive movie.
He was clearly up to the task. “The Prophet” has been nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature — Independent Award and Allers himself is nominated for his direction. The film is also on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination for animated feature. Allers talked with Variety about the challenges and joys of bringing together so many filmmakers for one film, how he approached Gibran’s beloved work and what he hopes for the future of animation.
- Terry Flores
8 items from 2016
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