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The Weekend Warrior 9/16/16: Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

14 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online 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:

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room »

- Edward Douglas

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China’s Huayi Hires Joe Aguilar to Head Wink Animation Division

14 March 2016 2:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joe Aguilar, former head of production for features and TV at Oriental DreamWorks, has been appointed as CEO of Wink Animation, a new, wholly-owned animation division at China’s Huayi Brothers Media.

Aguilar, who has credits including “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Croods” will head the Shanghai-based division for Huayi.

Markus Manninen, a visual effects supervisor with credits including “Shrek The Musical,” “The Croods” and “Over The Hedge,” is to be Wink’s artistic director.

The company will set up a creative center to produce animation, initially for the Chinese market, where local and imported animated content is growing in popularity. The box office this week is headed by Disney Animation’s “Zootopia.” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” co-produced by Oriental DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation, recently broke the box office record for a Chinese-made animated feature.

Thereafter Wink will also develop global animation features. Wink aims to develop four global animation features every year, »

- Patrick Frater

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Brian d’Arcy James on Being the New Face in Spotlight’s Award-Winning Cast

18 January 2016 10:18 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Brian d'Arcy James has been a fixture on Broadway since 1993, starring in productions as diverse as The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Shrek the Musical, and the Off Broadway run of Hamilton at the Public Theater, where he originated the role of King George III. But for film audiences, he's still a relative unknown — especially compared to his three teammates on the titular Boston Globe team in Spotlight, movie stars Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, and Mark Ruffalo — though perhaps not for much longer. Shortly before he and his co-stars won Best Acting Ensemble at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night, Vulture caught up with James, who's currently starring on Broadway in Something Rotten, to talk about inhabiting the persona of Matt Carroll, the horror and importance of Spotlight, and joining a Hollywood all-star team.Tell me about your introduction to Spotlight.The thing that stuck out to me immediately was »

- Kevin Lincoln

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