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Sci-Fi Epic ‘Dune’ Debut Spices Up Box Office With $40.1 Million First Place Finish

Sci-Fi Epic ‘Dune’ Debut Spices Up Box Office With $40.1 Million First Place Finish
Warner Bros.’ big-budget sci-fi epic Dune spiced up the box office this weekend with a $40.1 million domestic debut. Topping predictions that had the star-studded spectacle opening in the $30-$35 million range, director Denis Villenueve’s eye-candy adventure easily snagged the top spot in North America (where it is also streaming on HBO Max) and continued to clean up overseas, where it has been playing for weeks. But with the movie’s hefty $165 million price tag, will Dune’s performance prove strong enough for the studio to green light its proposed sequel? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, Wes Anderson’s latest indie curio, The French Dispatch, got off to a hot start in the specialty market, where it earned the biggest per-screen average for any film—big or small—of 2021.

Dune’s first-place finish was a good sign for a film that was always going to be a tough sell to ticket buyers.
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Timothée Chalamet and Denis Villeneuve on Overcoming Their Fears to Make ‘Dune’

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Timothée Chalamet and Denis Villeneuve on Overcoming Their Fears to Make ‘Dune’
In “Dune,” Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides is heard opining, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.”

The line of dialogue is one of the most famous quotes from Frank Herbert’s classic novel and, now, one of the major themes of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s big-screen adaptation.h

But when it comes to translating a 700-page sci-fi epic into a blockbuster movie – especially when previous attempts to successfully translate the dense material for the screen have been shaky at best — there was a healthy amount of fear from everyone involved.

Villeneuve had been dreaming of bringing Herbert’s book to life since he first read it as a teenager. In a joint interview with Chalamet, the filmmaker admitted that his biggest fear once he finally got the green light from Warner Bros. and Legendary to make the movie was disappointing himself.

“I was afraid of not being able to be good enough,
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Box Office: ‘Dune’ Voyaging to a $33 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Dune’ Voyaging to a $33 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
North American audiences are seeing the spice flow on the big screen. Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Dune” is expected to open at the top of the domestic box office, targeting a $33 million opening weekend haul. Other industry projections have the film opening as highly $39.1 million.

The studios’ adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science-fiction novel of the same name launched to $17.5 million on Friday. “Dune” has generally earned auspicious reviews from critics, and the movie-going public is responding well too — the film landed an “A-” CinemaScore rating, indicating strong approval from audiences.

Warner Bros. has also debuted “Dune” simultaneously on HBO Max as part of a year-long strategy. The studio is releasing its entire theatrical slate day-and-date on its streamer as a means of bolstering subscription numbers and accounting for the muted box office of the pandemic era. The decision for a hybrid release of “Dune” was met by
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Oscar Experts Typing: Will ‘King Richard’ serve up a Best Actor win for Will Smith?

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Oscar Experts Typing: Will ‘King Richard’ serve up a Best Actor win for Will Smith?
Welcome to Oscar Experts Typing, a weekly column in which Gold Derby editors and Experts Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen discuss the Oscar race — via Slack, of course. This week, we discuss if it’s advantage Smith in the Best Actor race.

Christopher Rosen: Hello, Joyce! It’s Friday, Timothee Chalamet fans are ready to have a great weekend with the long-awaited releases of both “Dune” and “The French Dispatch,” and we’re fresh off a major awards season moment: the debut of a new “King Richard” trailer complete with Beyonce’s Best Original Song contender “Be Alive.” What a time to… be alive? I’ve been in on “King Richard” since its Telluride Film Festival premiere and the new teaser does little to dim my enthusiasm. It’s selling the movie I saw — a rousing crowd-pleaser with a huge Will Smith performance just sitting there waiting to win Best Actor.
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‘Dune’ Star Jason Momoa on How Denis Villeneuve Literally Brought Him Off a Mountain to Star in Sci-Fi Epic

‘Dune’ Star Jason Momoa on How Denis Villeneuve Literally Brought Him Off a Mountain to Star in Sci-Fi Epic
Jason Momoa brings a swashbuckling charm to the role of House of Atreides swordmaster Duncan Idaho in “Dune.” The “Aquaman” and “Justice League” actor lends his superhero muscle to Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the novel by Frank Herbert, who described the character as being more or less a ladies’ man with dark luxurious hair and a piercing gaze.

But Momoa’s turn as Duncan also allows the actor to tap into a deep reserve of camaraderie with Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, who looks to Duncan with boyish admiration and as a mentor figure. That kind of saucer-eyed reverence Paul has for Duncan was just like the feeling Momoa had toward his fellow actors, a stacked cast including Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, and Dave Bautista.

“It was unlike any other set I’ve ever been on. We were all so close,” Momoa told IndieWire
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John Cena In Negotiations To Star In Action-Comedy Movie ‘Freelance’ From ‘Taken’ Director Pierre Morel — AFM

John Cena In Negotiations To Star In Action-Comedy Movie ‘Freelance’ From ‘Taken’ Director Pierre Morel — AFM
Exclusive: F9: The Fast Saga and The Suicide Squad star John Cena is in negotiations to star in Pierre Morel (Taken) action-comedy film Freelance, which Stuart Ford’s AGC will be selling at the upcoming virtual AFM.

Endurance Media’s Steve Richards will produce the package alongside Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin. Endurance will co-finance with AGC. UTA is handling domestic.

The project, which is budgeted in the $40M range, follows a special forces operator (Cena) who decides to retire from the Army and start a family back in the states. After several years of mortgage payments, school drop offs, backyard barbecues and trying to conform to life in suburbia, he decides to come out of retirement to take a gig providing security for a female journalist as she interviews a cruel dictator who may or may not have ordered the attack on him and his men.
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Box Office: ‘Dune’ Opens Strong With $5.1 Million in Thursday Previews

Box Office: ‘Dune’ Opens Strong With $5.1 Million in Thursday Previews
Dune,” an ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s famously unadaptable sci-fi epic, opened to a lordly $5.1 million in Thursday previews. The film will unspool across 4,100 theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Friday and is projected to generate $30 million to $40 million in its first three days of release. “Dune” centers on a group of aristocratic families who are vying for control of a desert planet that contains a natural resource, dubbed “spice,” of enormous value.

The Warner Bros. and Legendary production is debuting simultaneously on HBO Max, which could depress ticket sales. That’s part of a larger corporate strategy undertaken by the studio which opted to debut all of its films day-and-date on the streamer as a concession to Covid-19. By way of context when it comes to “Dune’s” preview results, last weekend’s box office champ “Halloween Kills” nabbed $4.9 million from Thursday evening shows en route to a $49.4 million debut,
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‘Dune’ stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya talk to Stephen Colbert from the planet Arrakis

‘Dune’ stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya talk to Stephen Colbert from the planet Arrakis
Stephen Colbert loves “Dune.” He loves Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novels, and he loves Denis Villeneuve’s epic adaptation, which is now in theaters and on HBO Max. “It’s an awe-inspiring, big and beautiful movie with incredible performances from a truly amazing cast,” the host said on Thursday’s “Late Show.” His guests for the evening were two of the film’s stars, Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. And in a twist on the usual late-night interview, he interviewed them on the desert planet Arrakis.

The bit began with Colbert, in his suit and tie, walking around in the empty desert, calling out to anyone with something to promote. Eventually, he came upon Timmy and Meechee, all glammed up and sitting in director’s chairs in the vast emptiness.

Chalamet, who plays Paul Atreides, the chosen one, said that his favorite parts of the movie are Zendaya, who plays Chani,
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‘Dune’ Cinematographer Greig Fraser Featured on THR’s ‘Behind the Screen’

‘Dune’ Cinematographer Greig Fraser Featured on THR’s ‘Behind the Screen’
Dune cinematographer Greig Fraser is featured in the latest episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Behind the Screen podcast.

After a series of pandemic-related delays, Denis Villeneuve’s epic Dune, a Warner Bros. production based on Frank Herbert’s novel, has, at last, arrived in theaters. The film features an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet as Paul, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Photography took place on location in Hungary, Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Norway.

Fraser was Oscar-nominated for the 2016 film Lion, directed by fellow Aussie Garth Davis, for which he also won the ASC Award and Golden Frog ...
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Sci-Fi Epic ‘Dune’ Arrives, Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ To Heat Up Specialty Box Office

Sci-Fi Epic ‘Dune’ Arrives, Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ To Heat Up Specialty Box Office
The month of October has shown strong box office returns for franchises, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage, No Time To Die, and Halloween Kills all opening above $50 million and boasting numbers that would have been respectable even in a pre-pandemic marketplace. The domestic launch of Dune this weekend will test whether the same level of success can come to a new property, which is a riskier proposition even in the best of times.

WB’s long-awaited sci-fi epic (and hopeful franchise starter), which is based on Frank Herbert’s novel, is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who has proven himself to be adept at handling science fiction with the films Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. Among the large ensemble cast are Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.

Herbert’s seminal book was previously adapted for the big screen by David Lynch,
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Can ‘Being the Ricardos,’ ‘Nightmare Alley’ and Other Late Releases Still Make an Oscar Impact?

Can ‘Being the Ricardos,’ ‘Nightmare Alley’ and Other Late Releases Still Make an Oscar Impact?
Whether you’re on the “Belfast” train or believe another film will steal the Oscars’ attention, being the front-runner too early can affect a movie’s awards chances. But playing catch-up can be even more challenging.

Films dropping into the Oscar conversation late have proven effective for past best picture winners like “Million Dollar Baby” (2004). Still, since that time, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” (2017) has been the only December release that has taken the top prize, with most others releasing within an October time frame.

With the official phase one awards period less than a month away, several unseen and unknown entities have yet to screen. At the top of the list is del Toro’s remake of the 1947 classic, “Nightmare Alley.” This dark adaptation of the novel, which differs from the original, has a sprawling ensemble led by Bradley Cooper, and there are high hopes for it.
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Oscars: Iran Selects ‘A Hero’ for International Feature Category

Oscars: Iran Selects ‘A Hero’ for International Feature Category
Iran has picked A Hero, Asghar Farhadi’s drama about honesty, honor and the price of freedom, to represent the country for the 2021 Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Category.

The Iranian-French co-production, which first bowed in competition in Cannes to critical acclaim, sees the Iranian auteur make a welcome return to his homeland following his Spanish-set Everybody Knows with stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. In Cannes it won both the Grand Prix and the François Chalais Prize.

Even before it was selected by the Iranian Film Committee, A Hero was considered among the frontrunners to make the Oscar shortlist,...
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Oscars Predictions: Best Actor – Can Andrew Garfield Sing His Way to Academy Attention?

Oscars Predictions: Best Actor – Can Andrew Garfield Sing His Way to Academy Attention?
Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar and Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. The eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and is subject to change.

To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit The Oscars Collective

Visit each category, per the individual awards show from The Oscars Hub

Revisit the prediction archive of the 2021 season The Archive

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2022 Oscars Predictions:

Best Actor

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Awards Prediction Commentary: Reinaldo Marcus Green’s sports drama “King Richard” is
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Riz Ahmed Realized After ‘Venom’ That He Didn’t Yet Have the ‘Skill Set’ to Act in Blockbusters

Riz Ahmed Realized After ‘Venom’ That He Didn’t Yet Have the ‘Skill Set’ to Act in Blockbusters
Jake Gyllenhaal was overcome with anxiety on the set of the Marvel tentpole “Spider-Man: Far From Home” when he realized how unprepared he was for the style of acting required to pull off a big comic book tentpole. “It’s hard, man. That acting is hard. All of it,” the actor said earlier this month about performing in the MCU. It sounds like Riz Ahmed knows what Gyllenhaal means. Speaking to Variety for a new cover story, the “Sound of Metal” Oscar nominee said starring in the 2018 tentpole “Venom” made him realize he didn’t have the skills necessary to pull off a blockbuster-sized performance. Ahmed played the villainous inventor Carlton Drake in the movie.

“I’m not saying I don’t like those big movies. I’m saying I had not learned yet how to bring myself to those movies,” Ahmed said about his “Venom” takeaway. “Those films teach you stamina,
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Oscar Experts slugfest: Can ‘The Last Duel’ rebound? Is ‘Being the Ricardos’ being underestimated? [Watch]

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Oscar Experts slugfest: Can ‘The Last Duel’ rebound? Is ‘Being the Ricardos’ being underestimated? [Watch]
The Last Duel” lost the battle at the box office over the weekend, but can it win the war at the Oscars? Gold Derby editors and Experts Christopher Rosen and Joyce Eng are discuss that, the new “Being the Ricardos” teaser and more.

Ridley Scott‘s medieval epic made a paltry $4.8 million over the weekend, which is obviously not great, but how much will box office matter in the race for gold in a Covid world? We both liked “The Last Duel,” which got good reviews, recovering from a tepid response at the Venice Film Festival last month, with strong notices for Jodie Comer and scene-stealer Ben Affleck. However, neither of us is ready to put one of our favorite Bostonians into our Best Supporting Actor lineups yet — for this film at least.

See Oscar Experts Typing: Has Ben Affleck raised the ‘Bar’ to ‘Duel’ for Best Supporting Actor?

Chris
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The Daily Stream: Mother! Is The Bonkers, Misunderstood Treat You Should Revisit This Halloween Season

The Daily Stream: Mother! Is The Bonkers, Misunderstood Treat You Should Revisit This Halloween Season
(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)

The Movie: "mother!"Where You Can Stream It: Paramount+The Pitch: Darren Aronofsky helms a wildly misunderstood bit of insanity starring Jennifer Lawrence as the younger wife of an old man, a struggling poet Javier Bardem. All Lawrence's character – who, like everyone else in the movie, has no real name – wants to do is please her man and stay at home; she's the living fantasy of angry, lonely men everywhere; a woman with no ambition...

The post The Daily Stream: mother! Is the Bonkers, Misunderstood Treat You Should Revisit This Halloween Season appeared first on /Film.
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Mubi Unveils November 2021 Lineup

Mubi Unveils November 2021 Lineup
Following the announcement of their new curated theatrical venture Mubi Go, next month’s U.S. streaming lineup at Mubi has now been unveiled. Highlights include Terrence Malick’s heartbreakingly raw romantic drama To the Wonder and its Javier Bardem-focused counterpart, Eugene Richards’ Thy Kingdom Come.

Also in the lineup is Julian Faraut’s terrifically entertaining documentary Witches of the Orient, the Werner Herzog double bill of Grizzly Man and Lo and Behold, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Blue, Sandra Wollner’s controversial feature The Trouble With Being Born, Alexandre Rockwell’s latest film Sweet Thing, and much more.

See the full lineup below and get 30 days of Mubi free here.

November 1 | The First Lap New | Kim Dae-hwan | South Korean Cinema

November 2 | L’innocente | Luchino Visconti

November 3 | 80,000 Years Old | Christelle Lheureux

November 4 | Liebelei | Max Ophüls

November 5 | Maelström | Denis Villeneuve | A Cosmic Trajectory: Early Films by
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‘Dune’ Looks To Make A Difference In Theaters & HBO Max With $70M+ Global Weekend

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‘Dune’ Looks To Make A Difference In Theaters & HBO Max With $70M+ Global Weekend
Since being screened to great fanfare before the press since late August, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s $165M sci-fi epic Dune finally lands in U.S. theaters as well as 40 overseas markets, including China with an eye on a global weekend in the $70M+ range. Already, the Denis Villeneuve directed epic, which carries a Rotten Tomatoes of 87% Certified fresh, counts $129.3M at the foreign box office from 36 markets since opening in mid-September in major markets such as Germany and France, led by the latter’s terrific $26.2M take.

The reception among the press and fans since the pic first made its world premiere in Venice, continuing onto TIFF, has been nothing less than ecstatic; with many observing how Villeneuve has done right by Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi classic, which continues to speak to many ongoing themes the globe grabbles with from the environment to political imperialism and commerce.

The swing factor,
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“I Love Lucy”: “Being The Ricardos"

“I Love Lucy”: “Being The Ricardos
"Being the Ricardos" is the new biographical drama feature, set in the 1950’s written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, starring Nicole Kidman as 'Lucille Ball' and Javier Bardem as 'Desi Arnaz', in movie theaters December 10, 2021 and streaming December 21, 2021 on Prime Video:

"...over the course of a week during production of the 1950's sitcom "I Love Lucy", 'Lucy' and 'Desi' encounter a crisis that could jeopardize their careers and marriage..."

Cast also includes J. K. Simmons as 'William Frawley', Nina Arianda as 'Vivian Vance', Tony Hale as 'Jess Oppenheimer' and Alia Shawkat as 'Madelyn Pugh'.

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Watch: Nicole Kidman Is Lucille Ball in Trailer for Amazon's Being the Ricardos

Watch: Nicole Kidman Is Lucille Ball in Trailer for Amazon's Being the Ricardos
Nicole Kidman stomps some grapes as the irrepressible Lucy Ricardo in the first trailer for Amazon Studios’ movie about TV’s iconic I Love Lucy sitcom.

Being the Ricardos, which was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, takes place over the course of one week of production of I Love Lucy, as stars/producers Lucille Ball (Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (played by Javier Bardem) deal with a crisis that could jeopardize their careers and marriage.

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