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'Zootopia' Takes Out 'Deadpool' at the Box Office with $73.7M

'Zootopia' Takes Out 'Deadpool' at the Box Office with $73.7M
20th Century Fox's Deadpool has become a bigger hit than anyone imagined, passing the $300 million milestone domestically this weekend with $311.1 and $328.8 million internationally for a global box office total of $639.9 million. While it has dominated its competition over the past three weeks, its reign came to an end this weekend, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo. The superhero adaptation will be going up against three newcomers, Disney's Zootopia, Focus Features London Has Fallen and Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. As expected, Zootopia came out on top with a whopping $73.7 million, the biggest opening ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Zootopia's $73.7 million mark bested the $70.2 million debut of Dr. Seuss' the Lorax, for the biggest animated opening weekend in March. London Has Fallen debuted in second place with $21.7 million, followed by Deadpool, slipping to third place with $16.4 million and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot debuting in fourth place with $7.6 million. Gods of Egypt
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Can Disney's 'Zootopia' Take Down 'Deadpool' at the Box Office?

Can Disney's 'Zootopia' Take Down 'Deadpool' at the Box Office?
20th Century Fox's Deadpool has become a bigger hit than anyone imagined, taking in $285.2 million domestically and $324 million internationally for a global box office total of $609.3 million. While it has dominated its competition over the past three weeks, its reign will come to an end this weekend, according to the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com. The superhero adaptation will be going up against three newcomers, Disney's Zootopia, Focus Features London Has Fallen and Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. But it's Zootopia that will likely have no trouble taking the top spot over the March 4 weekend.

Zootopia is projected to open withe a whopping $63 million, which will be more than enough for first place. London Has Fallen is expected to open in second place with $22 million, followed by Deadpool, slipping to third place with $17.8 million and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot debuting in fourth place with $10 million. Gods of Egypt will likley round out the top five with $7.1 million.
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'Deadpool' Crushes the Box Office Again with $31.5M

'Deadpool' Crushes the Box Office Again with $31.5M
For a movie that may not have been made if not for leaked test footage, Deadpool is proved to be a box office gamble that has already paid off in spades. The superhero adventure has taken in $285.6 million domestically and $266.4 million internationally for a global total of $552.1 million. Deadpool will face three new releases at the box office this weekend, Lionsgate's Gods of Egypt, 20th Century Fox's Eddie the Eagle and Open Road Films' Triple 9. Deadpool had no trouble winning for a third weekend in a row, taking in $31.5 million.

While Deadpool has had success beyond most analysts' expectations, its second weekend drop of 57.4% could mean that it may not have as much staying power in theaters. For example, throughout Star Wars: The Force Awakens' 10-week run in theaters, they have only posted a decrease of more than 50% once, and they have consistently managed to drop somewhere in the 30% range almost every weekend,
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Can 'Gods of Egypt' Take Down 'Deadpool' at the Box Office?

Can 'Gods of Egypt' Take Down 'Deadpool' at the Box Office?
For a movie that may not have been made if not for leaked test footage, Deadpool is proved to be a box office gamble that has already paid off in spades. The superhero adventure has taken in $236.8 million domestically and $256.2 million internationally for a global total of $493 million, and it will likely cross the $500 million milestone sometime this week. Heading into its third frame in theaters, Deadpool will face three new releases at the box office this weekend, Lionsgate's Gods of Egypt, 20th Century Fox's Eddie the Eagle and Open Road Films' Triple 9. If the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com are accurate, Deadpool should have no trouble winning for a third weekend in a row.

While Deadpool has had success beyond most analysts' expectations, its second weekend drop of 57.4% could mean that it may not have as much staying power in theaters. For example, throughout Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2015 – Our 10 most anticipated films

When the 44th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema announced their lineup two weeks ago, I wasn’t sure where to even begin when deciding what I should see. The festival which takes place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 is screening nearly 400 films and events in only 11 days. This includes 151 feature films and 203 short films from 68 countries – 49 world premieres, 38 North American premieres and 60 Canadian premieres. Because of it’s strong line-up, there is no possible way to see everything – so we decided to come up with a list of our ten most anticipated films — and trust me, it wasn’t easy. We will of course be covering the event once again this year, so be sure to revisit our site over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here is our 10 most anticipate films.

Arabian Nights

With a total running time of over six hours Arabian Nights is certainly
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Why 'Cemetery of Splendour' Will Be His Final Film in Thailand

Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Why 'Cemetery of Splendour' Will Be His Final Film in Thailand
Read More: Review: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Dreamy 'Mekong Hotel' Outlines an Unrealized Project Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been generating acclaim on the film festival circuit ever since his 2002 debut "Blissfully Yours," which he followed up with "Tropical Malady" and "Syndromes and a Century." The director’s interplay of mythological reference points, structural trickery and allegorical riffs on Thailand’s complex history had no real precedent. But it wasn’t until 2010’s "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that Apichatpong became a global sensation. A delicate tale of reincarnation and mystical beings, the movie also tapped into national trauma associated with the 1965 military crackdown on communist sympathizers. Needless to say, the soft-spoken director has never had an easy relationship with his country’s government, and the situation hasn’t improved...
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A Shared Memory: Talking to Apichatpong Weerasethakul about "Cemetery of Splendour"

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When Apichatpong Weerasethakul's new film premiered it Cannes, it was like someone just opened the window and let in some much-needed fresh air into the festival. Relegated in a detail of obscure festival politics to the second-tier Un Certain Regard section, where in recent years such too-adventurous works like Jean-Luc Godard's Film socialisme and Claire Denis's Bastards were shunted aside, I came to Cemetery of Splendour assuming the director was going to follow-up on his Palme d'Or of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives with something as grand if not grander, and as bizarre if not even more bizarre. I should have known Apichatpong would move in mysterious ways and defy expectations.A small, humble film, in fact the most constricted of his full features, Cemetery of Splendour rather than working the surface of story, the surface of space, and the surface of drama and reality,
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Cannes 2015. Day 4

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I keep waiting for a truly great film here in Cannes, an expectation and a hope for something really striking that is undoubtably a terrible attitude to take towards this festival and film in general. (Then again, a friend and Cannes regular, when I despondently shared these thoughts, told me that it is this hope that keeps her coming back, and that without it, indeed, why even go to the movies?) With this forlorn need haunting me by the fourth day, I was rightly chastised by the first of three films by the Portuguese director of Tabu, Miguel Gomes, in the Directors' Fortnight, a trilogy titled Arabian Nights. It is not a great film, but, abashed, I think it was the kind of film I needed, a lesson not to expect masterpieces, or perfection, but proof yet again that cinema is permeable, its beauties and faults can and should leak.
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Cannes: Watch The First Trailer Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery Of Splendour'

While many arthouse filmmakers sometimes use critical acclaim to leap to working with bigger stars or on movies with larger budgets, Apichatpong Weerasethakul seems content for now to carve his own distinct path. After his Palme d'Or win in 2010 for "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," the director has knocked out a stream of shorts, along with the one-hour "Mekong Hotel," which hit Cannes in 2012. Now he's back three years later with the feature length "Cemetery Of Splendour," unspooling in the Un Certain Regard slot at Cannes. Following the first couple of clips, a brand new trailer has arrived. Read More: Watch 3 Clips From Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cannes Bound 'Cemetery Of Splendour' And no big surprise for fans of Weerasethakul, this features more of his patient, beautiful work, and doesn't reveal anything in terms of plot. He reteams with Jenjira Pongpas ("Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives
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Cannes ’15: First look at clip from Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or “Joe” as he’s been amusingly nicknamed, has been a presence on the global film stage with Tropical Malady and Syndromes of a Century, but back in 2010 he finally won the Palme D’Or with his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Now in 2015, his latest film is his first full feature (2012’s Mekong Hotel clocked in at only 61 minutes) since winning five years earlier.

Cemetery of Splendour (originally titled Love in Khon Kaen) is strictly art house, and this first clip prior to its premiere at Cannes, not in Competition but in the Un Certain Regard lineup, is a good example of Weerasethakul’s patient style. Here’s the full synopsis:

Love in Khon Kaen tells of a lonesome middle-age housewife who tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance.

No U.S.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #58. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Love in Khon Kaen

Love in Khon Kaen

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul // Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Though he premiered a medium length film at Cannes 2012, Mekong Hotel, Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul hasn’t debuted a feature length since his 2010 Palme d’Or winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. His latest, Love in the Khon Kaen (formerly known as a project called Cemetery of Kings) promises to be another mystical enigma from the provocative director, described as a film about a lonesome middle-age housewife who tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance. Weersethakul collaborates once more with familiar castmembers, including Jenjira Pongpas (Boonmee; Syndromes and a Century) and Banlop Lomnoi (Tropical Malady).

Cast: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi

Producers: Kick the Machine Films’ Simon Field (Mekong Hotel), Illumination Films’ Keith Griffiths (Berberian Sound Studio)

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: Apparently in post-production,
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #116. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Kings

Cemetery of Kings

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Producers: Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Jenjira Widner, Banlop

It surprisingly takes an international film community (coin coming from several sources) to keep Palme d’Or winner Thai Joe (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) in business of feature filmmaking but it takes very little to motivate him as an artist: his generous output is visible in art installations, short films, to medium-sized items such as Mekong Hotel. While this appears to raid from his chest of films from his last decade and certainly brings a vague sense of familiarity with performance, obsessions, and use of physical borders, Cemetery of Kings might be the last of film to come out of a certain comfort zone.

Gist: A small town in Thailand, twenty-seven soldiers come down with a strange case of sleeping sickness.
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Uncle Boonmee Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul Next Film Cemetery Of Kings

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who won Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives, has a new job! We’ve just learned that Weerasethakul is seeking financing and production partners for his next project titled Cemetery of Kings, which means we’ll soon have another powerful story that will (this time) take us to the “dream-land”. An official entry at the Asia Film Financing Forum at Filmart, Cemetery of Kings story is set in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand, where 27 soldiers come down with a strange sleeping sickness. According to THR, Apichatpong is...

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'Uncle Boonmee' Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul Prepping Next Film 'Cemetery Of Kings'

It's coming on three years since filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul bewitched audiences with his strange, cryptic and beautiful Palme d'Or-winning "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives." The movie became a critical darling, and as much as a movie can that features fish sex, it brought the director to a broader international audience. But the filmmaker hasn't been in a hurry to make a followup, and over the past couple of years has been focused on art installations and shorts (including the rather tepid "Mekong Hotel" which played Cannes last year), but it looks like he's now ready to tackle another feature. THR reveals that Weerasethakul is now seeking financing and production partners for "Cemetery Of Kings," a project that sounds exactly like something you would expect from the director. 'Boonmee' & "Syndromes & A Century" star Jenjira Widner will play a nurse who cares for 27 soldiers who suffer from sleeping sickness in a town along the Mekong.
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Slow Walks, Half Truths and Red Bull: Being a Joint Account on the Viff Experience

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What follows is an exchange between Josh Timmermann (a fellow critic and Vancouver resident, who you may recall from this) and I, wherein we discuss the Vancouver International Film Festival and its individual parts, a chance to color outside the lines a bit and discuss the ins and outs of our festival experiences.

Context!

Above: Granville 7 Theatre, Viff's primary venue.

Adam Cook: I’ve been attending Viff since 2008—and you’ve been attending since 2007—so it seems kind of safe to say we’re well on our way to being veterans of the festival; although, this claim is humbled when encountering someone like Chuck Stephens—a member of this year’s Dragons & Tigers jury—who has been coming (from out of town, no less) for something like twenty years. However, five years of Viff-going has equipped me with a knack for knowing how to approach the festival, how to navigate the programming—and,
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International Film Festival of Kerala announces line up

The 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (Iffk) has announced its lineup. The festival will run from 7th to 14th December, 2012 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Some of the highlights of the lineup are festival favourites of the year Amour, Chitrangada, Samhita, The Sapphires, Drapchi, Miss Lovely, Me and You, Celluloid Man, and Baandhon.

Fourteen films will screen in the Competition section while seven contemporary films will be screened in “Indian Cinema Now” section.

Complete list of films:

Competition Films

Fourteen feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will compete for the coveted “Suvarna Chakoram” (Golden Crow Pheasant) and other awards.

Always Brando by Ridha Behi (Tunisia)

Inheritors of the Earth by T V Chandran (India)

A Terminal Trust by by Masayuki Suo (Japan)

Shutter by Joy Mathew (India)

Today by Alain Gomis (Senegal-France)

The Repentant by Merzak Allouache (Algeria)

Sta. Niña by Manny Palo (Philippines)

Present Tense
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BFI London Film Festival 2012: 'Mekong Hotel' review

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★★★☆☆ When it comes to impenetrable arthouse fare, Thai indie auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul is widely regarded as something of a master. Two years ago, he arrived in London triumphantly with his Palme d'Or for the majestic Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) and has returned this year with the not-quite-feature-length oddity, Mekong Hotel (2012), which rightly features in the Lff's 'Experimenta' stream. Weerasethakul's latest lingers instead on a series of moments all taking place around the titular hostelry sat on the bank of the enormous river which separates Thailand from Laos.

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Watch: 'Uncle Boonme' Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Short Film 'Cactus River'

While his next full length still seems to be a bit of a way off, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul -- best known for "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives," "Syndromes and a Century" and "Tropical Malady" -- continues to work at a feverish pace, delivering numerous shorts since his Palme d'Or win a couple of years back. In fact, he was back at Cannes earlier this year with "Mekong Hotel," which is still doing the festival rounds and now fans of the filmmaker have another work to take in. The director has unveiled "Cactus River," another work which finds him blending the personal with his own expressive brand of filmmaking. Here's the synopsis -- watch below:    In describing Cactus River, Weerasethkul tells the story of how actress Jenjira Pongpas changed her name to Nach, which means water. She has acted in his films since 2009, including Syndromes and a Century and Uncle Boonmee,
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Tiff 2012. Wavelengths (P)review: Part Two – The Features

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As I mentioned in the preface to the first part of my Wavelengths preview (the one focusing on the short films), there are significant changes afoot in 2012. Until last year, the festival had a section known as Visions, which was the primary home for formally challenging cinema that nevertheless conformed to the basic tenets of arthouse and/or “festival” cinema (actors, scripting, 70+minute running time, and, once upon a time, 35mm presentation). This year, Wavelengths is both its former self, and it also contains the sort of work that Visions most likely would have housed. While in some respects this can seem to result in a kind of split personality for the section, it also means that Wavelengths, which has often been described as a sort of “festival within the festival,” has moved front and center. Films that would’ve occupied single slots in the older avant-Wavelengths model, like the
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BFI London Film Fest: Full Program Launches First Competition Plus Rolling Stones Doc "Crossfire Hurricane'

BFI London Film Fest: Full Program Launches First Competition Plus Rolling Stones Doc
The 56th BFI London Film Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, 111 live action and animated shorts, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres, and 34 European Premieres.  Tim Burton's 3-D animated "Frankenweenie" will open the festival and Mike Newell's dramatic adaptation of "Great Expectations" with Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes will close the 11 day event, which runs from October 10 to the 21st. Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of Bret Morgan's "Crossfire Hurricane," a documentary spanning fifty years of the Rolling Stones, who are rumored to attend the festival. London will also host Cannes entry Apichatpong Weerasethakul's  "Mekong Hotel," Dustin Hoffman's Toronto directorial debut, "Quartet," and author Salman Rushdie, whose Telluride title "Midnight's Children" is in the Festival's inaugural...
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