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This year has gotten off to a booming box office start, with the drama Hidden Figures surprisingly snapping Rogue One's four weekend winning streak early in the month. After Hidden Figures took two in a row, it dropped in its third, with Universal's R-rated thriller Split taking the top spot with an unexpected $40.1 million, going up against XXX 3, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and The Founder, which expanded nationwide after an awards-qualifying run in December. It was always going to be a close race between Split and Paramount's XXX: Return of Xander Cage, but Split shockingly doubled XXX 3's estimated opening weekend tally of $20 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Split pulled in an impressive $13,229 per-screen average from 3,038 screens. It also earned an impressive 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and its $40 million debut means it has already earned eight times more than its reported $5 million budget. Split is director »
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Universal is expanding “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, to 3,037 sites on Friday. The Thursday night figure for “Split” doubled the $1 million in previews from Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million two years ago.
Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script in a story of McAvoy’s character capturing three young women. It’s the 12th movie that Shyamalan has directed with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” remaining the most successful with more than $650 million in worldwide grosses.
Film Review: ‘Split’
“Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top »
- Dave McNary
Directed by Garth Jennings.
Featuring the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Taron Egerton, Peter Serafinowicz, Tori Kelly, Garth Jennings, Rhea Perlman, Nick Kroll, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Saunders, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, and Adam Buxton.
Set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, a failing theatre owner attempts to turn things around by hosting a singing/talent competition.
In a part of a nameless city of a world of anthropomorphic animals that closely resembles ours, a koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is a failing theatre impresario but is also an optimistic con-artist (koala, con; I see what you did there Illumination Entertainment). After a charming introduction of Buster skirting responsibility by not paying his theatre techies (our hero), the film then introduces us to a plethora of other characters. A bored housewife pig mother of 25 piglets named Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a teenage »
- Matthew Lee
Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures,” which has won the past two weekends, is likely to remain a solid contender in the $15 million to $18 million range.
“Split” has been building buzz among its core fans since its debut screening at September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, followed by an official screening at November’s AFI Festival in Los Angeles and 24 word-of-mouth screenings on Friday the 13th last week, mirroring the 24 personalities of McAvoy’s character. Critics seem to be embracing “Split,” which so carries an 75% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Shyamalan is self-financing the $5 million project. »
- Dave McNary
The 2017 calendar year has gotten off to an interesting start at the box office, with the inspirational drama Hidden Figures pulling off surprise wins over the past two weekends, while La La Land continues to expand and climb up the charts after its impressive sweep at the Golden Globes. This weekend, four new releases will hit theaters, Paramount's XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Universal's Split, The Weinstein Company's The Founder and High Top Releasing's The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, with A24's 20th Century Women also expanding nationwide. When all the dust is settled, we're predicting that XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will come out on top at the box office.
Box Office Mojo reports that, while those aforementioned films will all be released wide, there will be quite the large discrepancy between their theater counts. Both XXX 3 and Split are expected to open in roughly 3,000 theaters apiece, »
Reese Witherspoon acts, produces and adapts your favourite novels, but there might be one thing she can’t do: A Scottish accent! During an appearance on ITV’s “Lorraine”, she admitted to her friend and “Sing” co-star Matthew McConaughey that she once had to quit a movie because her Scottish accent was so bad. Related: Reese Witherspoon And […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Reese Witherspoon is a proud mom!
The Big Little Lies star gushed to Et about her lookalike daughter, Ava, during Elle's Women in Television event in West Hollywood, California, on Saturday.
It turns out that 17-year-old Ava has already been mistaken for her Oscar-winning mother.
"I had a premiere for that movie Sing! over Christmas, and the head of the studio went up to Ava and congratulated her on the movie," Witherspoon revealed to Et’s Nischelle Turner. "But I just love her. I'm so lucky to be her mom, and I just love having her in my life and getting to go everywhere with her. It's a great honor."
Mother and daughter look so much alike that it's even hard to tell them apart in a snap shared by the 40-year-old actress on Instagram last week.
It’s bombs away at the multiplexes.
Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” suffered moribund national expansions. Their failures will lead to tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the studios that backed them. “Sleepless,” an action-thriller with Jamie Foxx, also suffered an underwhelming opening, getting lost in the crush of new releases.
“There’s almost an unprecedented number of films out there,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “It’s got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.”
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s”Hidden Figures” retained its box office crown in its second weekend of wide release, earning $20.5 million for the weekend and a projected $25.3 million for the long weekend. That will push its total to $59.7 million. The historical drama about African-American Nasa »
- Brent Lang
Celebs may be going into survival mode!
With the President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration less than two weeks away, W magazine tapped the stars appearing in their annual Best Performance portfolio to belt out the disco classic, "I Will Survive."
Taraji P. Henson, Emma Stone, Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Michelle Williams, Chris Pine, Andrew Garfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Felicity Jones were among those playfully channeling their inner Gloria Gaynor for the magazine's Lyrical Improv video series.
"This is going to be interesting," Garfield warns. "It may get too real."
The video montage, directed by Lynn Hirschberg, features a mixture of singing and dramatic readings of Gaynor's 1978 single.
More: Elton John Will Not Play Donald Trump's Inauguration, Despite Key Adviser's Claim
As for the inauguration, Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United »
Monday January 16th has been deemed Blue Monday.
Blue Monday is what experts would call “the most depressing day of the year”, and it makes sense. It’s freezing cold outside, it’s mid-January when the excitement of the holidays has officially faded, and it’s a Monday.
We at Cineplex want to turn this day around, and instead are giving you the opportunity to make the most depressing day into a great one. Scene is offering a special redemption promotion on January 16th, which will make your Monday anything but blue.
On Blue Monday, Scene members can treat themselves to a movie by redeeming half the amount of points – 500 points for regular movies, 750 points for enhanced experiences and 1,000 for VIP Cinemas. »
- Adriana Floridia
Victoria Beckham is opening up about her greatest lessons in marriage, music, fashion and beauty.
In a letter to her 18-year-old self, penned for British Vogue, the 42-year-old star advises her younger self to embrace her imperfections, wear less makeup and not “mess” with her breasts.
“I should probably say, don’t mess with your boobs,” writes the former Spice Girl, who has visibly changed cup sizes over the years. “All those years I denied it -- stupid. A sign of insecurity. Just celebrate what you’ve got.”
In the revealing essay, the British icon also recommended that her teen self learn more about football, “especially the offside rule,” and recalled love at first sight with soccer stud husband, David Beckham.
“It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge -- although you will get a little drunk, so exact details »
The Weinstein Company has released a new red band trailer for its upcoming drama Gold, which was initially slated to hit theaters on Christmas Day, before the studio pushed it to January 27. The film still did receive a limited awards-season qualifying run, with the film's title song "Gold," by Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. While we'll have to wait and see if it's nominated for any other awards at the Oscars or any other awards ceremonies, this age-restrictive trailer gives us a frenetic look inside this fast-paced world of gold prospecting.
Gold is the epic tale of one man's pursuit of the American dream, to discover gold. Starring Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, he teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. »
The 25-year-old "Castle on the Hill" singer revealed that he's planning to partake in the popular The Late Late Show segment, Carpool Karaoke, with Corden later this year. In fact, he says it's something that's been in the works for years.
"I've been in touch with James Corden about this for three years, because he wanted me to do the first one and I just wasn't around," he said on Capital FM's Roman Kemp show. "I can confirm that at some point this year, I will be doing a Carpool Karaoke."
Et has reached out to reps for The Late Late Show for comment.
"If you imagine an artist, just think of any artist in the world, they said »
That time of the week has rolled around once again to find the latest batch of Xbox Live Deals with Gold. The weekly offers are exclusive to Xbox Live Gold subscribers and last a full 7 days before resetting every Tuesday. The list is published by non other than Major Nelson (Larry Hyrb) on his personal blog site.
This week has Xbox One focus on Rock Band content while the Xbox 360 has more strategic games lined up for potential buyers with a selection of Tropico titles.
Xbox One Deals Content Title Content Type Discount Binaries Xbox One Game 50% Castles Xbox One Game 25% Earthlock: Festival of Magic Xbox One Game 33% Fortified Xbox One Game 50% Ginger: Beyond the Crystal Xbox One Game 25% Just Sing Xbox One Game 50% Mantis Burn Racing Xbox One Game 33% Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle Xbox One Game 30% Rock Band 4 – American Idiot (Album) Add-On 30% Rock Band 4 – Blink-182 Pack 02 Add-On 30% Rock Band »
- Calum Petrie
As award seasons is underway, one notable animated film most audiences haven’t heard of is My Life As A Zucchini, a production from Swiss/France.
It received rave reviews from several notable critics and played at well-known film festivals like Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival and on the list at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. It was even nominated for the Golden Globes Award (lost to Zootopia) and is shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
This animated film is gearing up for Us limited release and Gkids released a Us trailer with subtitles.
Here’s the synopsis:
After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find »
- Gig Patta
The Golden Globes always promise glamour and strangeness along with the annual celebration of achievements across film and television. This year’s nominees feature plenty of powerful stories, new voices and returning veterans aiming for gold, along with “La La Land” facing off against “Deadpool” in the best comedy film category, and robots battling dragons for Best TV Drama. No matter what, the night will feature some surprises.
Read More: Complete 2017 Golden Globes Coverage
Check out the full list of nominees — and winners in bold — below.
*IndieWire will be updating the list throughout the night.
Best Motion Picture – Drama “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” “Lion” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy “20th Century Women” “Deadpool” “Florence Foster Jenkins” “La La Land” “Sing Street” Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” Joel Edgerton – “Loving” Andrew Garfield »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Tonight is the big night, with the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, with Jimmy Fallon hosting this year's awards ceremony. We'll be updating this story all night long with all of the winners as they're announced, so keep refreshing for the latest updates. The critically-acclaimed musical La La Land lead all nominees, picking up seven nods, followed by the hit drama Moonlight with six nominations and Manchester-by-the-Sea with five nominations. La La Land was the night's big winner, winning all seven awards it was nominated for, setting a Golden Globe record for the most Globe wins for a film, and becoming the first movie to win in every major category it was nominated for since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1976.
Before his “Suspiria” remake reunites him with “A Bigger Splash” stars Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, Luca Guadagnino will next be seen at Sundance for the world premiere of “Call Me by Your Name.” A gay love story set in Northern Italy, the film starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet has already been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics — and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will feature an original soundtrack by Sufjan Stevens.
Stevens — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter best known for his 2005 album “Illinois” — both wrote and performed the tunes. “Visually rich, stunning, deeply emotional and sensual, ‘Call Me by Your Name’ confirms Luca Guadagnino as one of the world’s master filmmakers,” says an Spc rep in a statement. “It will be a privilege to bring the movie to audiences around the world. »
- Michael Nordine
This weekend, the 74th Golden Globe awards will be dished out in a lavish ceremony in Beverly Hills. This year, taking over hosting duties from Ricky Gervais is The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon, and it’ll be the usual glitzy affair – probably without all of the near the knuckle jokes – which, frankly we’ll miss as we continue our awards tradition and get hideously drunk as we continue to update the site with who won what.
We’ll be live-blogging on the night but ahead of the ceremony, we thought we’d deliver our winners predictions, and who we Think will win, and who we’d Like to win…
So, here goes, staring with the big ones where we kind of explain our reasons. We’ll be constantly referring to this list as we tweet our way through the evening on Sunday. The fun kicks off at 11pm UK »
- Paul Heath
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