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Bo Report: ‘Joker’ aces the competition while ‘Ride Like a Girl’ gallops to a record

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Is Todd Phillips’ Joker an enthralling masterpiece or a disturbing and deeply derivative incitement to commit violence? The comic book-inspired movie has polarised the critics but audiences in Australia and around the world have voted with their feet.

The action adventure starring Joaquin Phoenix as the twisted, disenfranchised clown-for-hire and stand-up comic in 1980s Gotham smashed industry opening records for October in Oz, the Us and internationally last weekend.

Meanwhile Rachel GriffithsRide Like a Girl now ranks as the top-grossing Australian release of the year after racing through its second weekend. Ticket sales surged thanks to the school holidays and the new releases including Indian import War and Chinese dramas My People, My Country and The Captain.

The top 20 titles harvested $21.9 million from Thursday through Sunday, 80 per cent up on the previous weekend, according to Numero.

Joker punched up $9.7 million and $11.9 million including the Monday Labor Day holiday.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated: October 7)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated: October 7)
One of the big questions about the 2020 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in three of the last four years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2010, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Director.)

Why is this?

Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last. If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: October 4)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: October 4)
Predicting the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture is never easy. We were sure the top prize at the 2019 Oscars would go to “Roma” but it was “Green Book” that won. In coming up with our 2020 Oscar predictions, we considered a slew of factors, starting with the preferential ballot used to determine the winner. Add in the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to the films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios. We take all of these into consideration again as we look ahead to the 2020 Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Picture.)

Contenders began to emerge at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Others will be seen for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, most of the top tier of Best Picture hopefuls won’t screen until September at four film festivals: Venice,
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Rome Film Fest Unveils Lineup: ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Judy’ & ‘Hustlers’ In The Mix; Lebowski Spinoff ‘Jesus Rolls’ Gets Special Screening

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Rome Film Fest Unveils Lineup: ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Judy’ & ‘Hustlers’ In The Mix; Lebowski Spinoff ‘Jesus Rolls’ Gets Special Screening
The Rome Film Festival (October 17-27) has unveiled its 2019 official selection, which includes Downton Abbey, Waves, Judy, The Aeronauts, Hustlers and Werner Herzog documentary Nomad about writer Bruce Chatwin.

A total of 33 films and documentaries will play in the official lineup (full list below). As previously announced, the fest will open with Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn while Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will have a centerpiece screening. Only two Italian movies are included in the main selection.

The festival also revealed a pre-opening October 16 world premiere for John Turturro’s anticipated The Big Lebowski spinoff, The Jesus Rolls, which follows Lebowski character Jesus Quintana.

The impressive lineup of onstage interviews includes Bill Murray and Viola Davis – both of whom will receive lifetime achievement awards – Fanny Ardant, Olivier Assayas, Ethan Coen, Benicio Del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Ron Howard, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Edward Norton, Bertrand Tavernier, John Travolta and Jia Zhangke.
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‘The Gilded Age’: Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet & Morgan Spector To Star In HBO Period Drama

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‘The Gilded Age’: Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet & Morgan Spector To Star In HBO Period Drama
The Good Fight star Christine Baranski, Sex and the City alumna Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet (The Romanoffs) and Morgan Spector (The Plot Against America)lead the cast of Julian FellowesThe Gilded Age drama series at HBO. The project, which moved from NBC to HBO earlier this year, is a co-production between HBO and Universal TV. The fictional epic of the millionaire titans of New York City in the 1880s hails from the Downton Abbey team of Fellowes, producer Gareth Neame and director Michael Engler.

Emmy winner Baranski will have the rare distinction of playing the leads of two premium scripted series at the same time. She is a continues as the star of CBS All AccessThe Good Fight, which has been renewed for a fourth season. The schedules has been worked out so she can do both series.

Created, written and executive produced by Fellowes, The Gilded Age
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Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon to Star in HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’

  • The Wrap
Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon to Star in HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’
Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon have been tapped to star in HBO’s upcoming series “The Gilded Age,” along with “Togetherness” alum Amanda Peet and “Pearson” star Morgan Spector.

Described as “a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new,” the 10-episode series from “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes takes place in 1882.

The series centers on Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Southern general, who moves into the home of her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City.

Also Read: 'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes' 'The Gilded Age' Moves From NBC to HBO

Baranski’s Agnes van Rhijn is described as a “proud and stubborn aristocrat” who nearly went penniless after her parents’ plantation went under but “managed to catch a husband just in time.” Her sister, Ada Brook, on the other hand,
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HBO’s ‘Gilded Age’ From ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Casts Four, Including Christine Baranski

  • Variety
The long-gestating drama “The Gilded Age,” which hails from “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, has announced four members of its main cast.

Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet, and Morgan Spector have all been cast as series regulars in the drama project.

The series is set in the titular period of American history, beginning in 1882. It centers on young Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Southern general, who moves into the home of her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. Accompanied by the mysterious Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her stupendously rich neighbors, led by a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife struggling for acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set.

The Gilded Age” had previously been ordered to series at NBC before moving to HBO in May with a 10-episode production commitment.

Baranski
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Downton Abbey Review: The filmed version of the beloved TV series

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Downton Abbey Focus Features Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net linked from Rotten Tomatoes by: Harvey Karten Director: Michael Engler Screenwriter: Julian Fellows Cast: Joanne Froggatt, Mathew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, Hugh BonnevilleLaura Carmichael, Raquel Cassidy, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Sophie McShera Screened at: Tribeca, NYC, 9/18/19 Opens: September […]

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Review: Downton Abbey Is a Wonderfully Perfect Continuation of The Series

I was one of those people who jumped in late to the Downton Abbey craze. I didn’t start watching the series until after Season 5. It seemed like the kind of show that I would have absolutely no interest in, but after hearing how great it was from everyone I know, I had to give it a shot.

Little did I know, I would get completely sucked in and hooked with the story and its characters. It’s just such a great series that was written extremely well and filled with wonderful and interesting characters that I wanted to get to know more about.

Well, if you’re like me and you enjoyed the series, you’re going to love the Downton Abbey movie! Not only was it great to see all of these characters again and see their story arcs continue, but it was just a perfectly made film
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‘Downton Abbey’ Director Discusses the Realities of Crafting a 1920s Closeted Gay Romance

‘Downton Abbey’ Director Discusses the Realities of Crafting a 1920s Closeted Gay Romance
Romance is finally on the menu for the scheming butler Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) in Julian Fellowes’ “Downton Abbey” film, a follow-up to the Emmy-winning TV series. But given the 1920s time period, his same-sex relationship won’t be without its obstacles. Director Michael Engler spoke to IndieWire about Thomas’ promising romance, and the realities the filmmakers had to face in giving him even that much happiness.

“First of all, [Julian Fellowes] always wanted it to feel authentic, that even if we were creating an opportunity for Thomas like one he hadn’t had before – more romantic and a bit of an awakening – that we didn’t also soft-pedal it, that we make sure that the rough parts of it felt rough,” said Engler.

Engler had directed several episodes of the original series, including the series finale Christmas special that ended on an optimistic note for most of the characters. At the time,
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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Reigns Over ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ With $31 Million Debut

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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Reigns Over ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ With $31 Million Debut
In a box office win fit for a queen, Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” ruled over the competition in North America.

The big-screen continuation of the popular British TV show beat expectations with $31 million when it debuted in 3,079 theaters, setting a new opening weekend record for the specialty studio. “Downton Abbey” easily surpassed fellow newcomers “Ad Astra” and “Rambo: Last Blood,” which are in a close race for second place.

Overseas, the royal period drama has collected $41 million to date for a worldwide tally of $61.8 million. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote “Downton Abbey,” with Michael Engler directing. Much of the cast from the TV show — including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith — returned for the film adaptation. “Downton Abbey” now ranks as the biggest opening weekend from a specialty studio in the last decade, as well as the second-best start for specialty fare behind The Weinstein Company’s “Inglourious Basterds” ($38 million).

Moviegoers,
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Big Screen Take On TV Series ‘Downton Abbey’ Is A Hit With $31M+ Opening, Reps Record For Focus Features – Sunday Final

  • Deadline
4th Update, Sunday Am Final: w/chart You would think that in this day and age, the best place for a feature movie based on a popular TV series would be on a streaming service, right? But no, this weekend’s $31M opening of Focus Features and Carnival Films’ Downton Abbey continues to underscore the power of the big screen in its ability to generate money on lower budget fare in a digital explosive world. Downton‘s overseas total jumped to $30.8M, putting this $20M production (before P&a) at a running total of $61.8M WW.

Can you imagine the money left on the table here if the Universal decision was made to send Downton Abbey straight to its new streaming service, Peacock? Part of that reason might have to do with age, as the much older-skewing Downton fans aren’t statistically streamers.
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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Dominating ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo’ With $31 Million Opening

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Dominating ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo’ With $31 Million Opening
Downton Abbey” is heading for a positively brilliant opening weekend after scoring $13.8 million in domestic ticket sales on Friday.

If estimates hold, the feature film version of the popular British television show should take home approximately $31 million come Sunday, marking the biggest opening ever for distributor Focus Features and beating previous record holder “Insidious: Chapter 3” ($22.7 million). The new numbers are also well above previous expectations, which placed the film’s opening somewhere in the $20 million range.

Downton Abbey” comes three years after the ITV series of the same name aired in the U.S. as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Classics. Directed by Michael Engler, the film continues its focus on the Earl of Grantham and his family with the added twist of a visit from the King and Queen of England. Original cast members Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville all returned for the movie.

Ad Astra
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‘Downton Abbey’ Makes Its Cinematic Debut And It Feels Like A Warm Embrace From A Loving Friend With Royal Blood And Maggie Smith Continues To Shine

Revolutionary … is not quite the word we would use for this film. But that’s not why we watch this gem of a spectacle famously known as Downton Abbey, is it? Snappy dialogue over cups of tea, great shots of the Highclere Castle, beautiful sets and costumes, Dowager Countess Violet Crawley’s (Dame Maggie Smith) withering one-liners and of course, our beloved upstairs and downstairs residents of the Abbey – those are our favorite things and, much like settling into bed in your pajamas and a steaming cuppa, those familiar comforts are exactly what we get in Michael Engler’s Downton Abbey.
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Downton Abbey Cast Surprises Fans at Movie's Opening Night in Los Angeles: ‘Don’t Tell Them!’

Downton Abbey Cast Surprises Fans at Movie's Opening Night in Los Angeles: ‘Don’t Tell Them!’
Talk about a very special screening!

As the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie arrived in theaters on Thursday, several of the film’s biggest stars surprised an audience full of fans in Los Angeles.

Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech and Hugh Bonneville were all on hand at the Landmark theater on Thursday, as was director Michael Engler, creator Julian Fellowes and producer Gareth Neame.

“It’s opening night of the Downton Abbey film here in La and me and my friends are here to surprise an audience,” Dockery, 37, shared in an Instagram Story from moments before the big reveal, as
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‘Downton Abbey’ film reviews: Does it live up to the TV series, or is it stuck in its ‘comfort zone’?

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‘Downton Abbey’ film reviews: Does it live up to the TV series, or is it stuck in its ‘comfort zone’?
It hasn’t been that long since “Downton Abbey” ended its six-season run on TV (its finale aired in the Us in 2016), but it’s already back, this time on the big screen for a reunion movie that reassembles the entire ensemble cast for a visit from the royal family. It opened September 20, but do critics think it warrants a trip to the multiplex?

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 63 based on 36 reviews counted thus far — 22 positive, 13 mixed, only 1 outright negative. Over on Rotten Tomatoes, which rates film on a pass/fail scale, it has an impressive freshness rating of 85% based on 147 reviews — 125 positive, 22 negative. The Rt critics’ consensus says, “‘Downton Abbey’ distills many of the ingredients that made the show an enduring favorite, welcoming fans back for a fittingly resplendent homecoming.”

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Movie Review – Downton Abbey (2019)

Downton Abbey, 2019.

Directed by Michael Engler.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Phyllis Logan, Penelope Wilton, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Robert James-Collier, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Raquel Cassidy, Allen Leech, Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Kevin Doyle, Douglas Reith, Fifi Hart, James Cartwright, Alice McCarthy, Kate Phillips, Michael Fox, Susan Lynch, Mark Addy, Philippe Spall, Richenda Carey, and Matthew Goode.

Synopsis:

The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

Now for something different; a review of Downton Abbey from a film critic going in blind having never witnessed a single second of the critically acclaimed and popular television series. Directed by Michael Engler (who has directed multiple episodes of the show) and written by Juliane Fellowes, it’s clear that reopening
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Can Rambo or Downton Abbey Steal Pennywise's Box Office Crown This Weekend?

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It's going to be a very crowded weekend at the box office. It Chapter Two has had a clear path to dominance over the past couple of weeks, with the horror sequel raking in $39.6 million for a second straight win last weekend. However, a trio of new arrivals is going to see things get shaken up in a big way. Lionsgate is releasing Rambo: Last Blood, 20th Century Fox is releasing Ad Astra and Focus Features is behind the Downton Abbey movie. The question is, who will come out on top?

This isn't as cut and dry as it is some weeks. All three of the weekend's box office newcomers are expected to debut in the $20 million range, and It Chapter Two will be right in that ballpark as well. To make matters a tiny bit more complicated, Hustlers won't be too far behind. Not to mention that the movie
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Will The ‘Downton Abbey’ Gang Take Out ‘Rambo’? – Weekend Box Office Preview

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Will The ‘Downton Abbey’ Gang Take Out ‘Rambo’? – Weekend Box Office Preview
We’ve been hearing for quite some time that the advance ticket sales for Focus Features’ big-screen take on the TV series Downton Abbey are just through the roof. On Fandango, presales for the Michael Engler-directed feature continue to best those of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and The Great Gatsby. This is not the case for advance ticket sales to Millennium/Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood at the big chains. One midsize East Coast exhibitor tells us that Downton already has sold seven times more tickets than Rambo at his theater. Despite the discrepancy, its a toss-up as to whether Downton or Rambo wins the weekend with a $23M-$25M take apiece.

Some box office soothsayers believe that Downton has advance ticket sales, and that’s it. An older-skewing female pic like that typically doesn’t play into the wee hours of the night.
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Box Office Battle: ‘Ad Astra’ Takes on ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘Downton Abbey’

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Box Office Battle: ‘Ad Astra’ Takes on ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘Downton Abbey’
Hustlers” and “Good Boys” proved that even in the age of Marvel dominance and remake mania, movies that don’t exist within an established franchise can still be box office draws. Can “Ad Astra” continue that trend?

The space drama — starring Brad Pitt and directed by James Gray — arrives on the big screen this weekend alongside two other nationwide releases with fierce competition among older audiences: Lionsgate’s “Rambo: Last Blood” and Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey.” All three titles are eyeing modest debuts around $20 million and will contend with the reigning champ, Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” for first place on domestic box office charts. Based on Stephen King’s terrifying novel, “It: Chapter Two” collected $39 million last weekend and should pull in another $20 million during its third outing in theaters. After two weeks of release, the horror blockbuster has amassed $324 million worldwide.

Rambo: Last Blood,” the fifth chapter in Sylvester Stallone’s action franchise,
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