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'At Eternity’s Gate' Paints Solid Start; 'Can You Ever Forgive Me' Crosses $5M: Specialty Box Office

'At Eternity’s Gate' Paints Solid Start; 'Can You Ever Forgive Me' Crosses $5M: Specialty Box Office
At Eternity's Gate led the pack of limited release newcomers this weekend. The Julian Schnabel-directed title from CBS Films, starring Willem Dafoe, grossed $92K from four locations, averaging $23K, the weekend’s highest per theater average.

Universal release Green Book with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali appeared in 25 theaters Friday to a timid showing. The title grossed $313K, averaging $12,520.
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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release

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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release
Before hitting the road on a nationwide release, Universal's awards contender Green Book got warmed up with a limited opening on 25 screens that earned $313,000 this weekend and a per screen average of $12,250.

Stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are expected to be awards contenders for their performances as Italian-American bodyguard Tony Lip and jazz icon Dr. Don Shirley. Green Book follows the friendship that grew between the two men as Tony escorted Shirley on his tour through the Jim Crow South, using the titular Green Book to find hotels that African-Americans were allowed to stay in.
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British Independent Film Awards: Judi Dench Honored With Richard Harris Award

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British Independent Film Awards: Judi Dench Honored With Richard Harris Award
Dame Judi Dench has another feather to add to her cap, as she has just been announced as this year’s recipient of the Richard Harris Award by the British Independent Film Awards. Bestowed upon performers for “outstanding contribution by an actor to British film,” the award was first established 17 years ago. Previous honorees include Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt, and Emma Thompson.

“Dangerous on stage, on screen and apparently behind the wheel of a car, Dame Judi Dench and Richard Harris have a lot in common!” said Jarred Harris, whose father the award is named for. “We are delighted that she has agreed to accept this award. Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way. Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Characters Continue To Grate In ‘Stradivarius’

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Characters Continue To Grate In ‘Stradivarius’
This Week On “The Walking Dead

So much of the first half of Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” has been focused on writing out Rick Grimes, leaving precious few episodes left to establish the new time-jump status quo as well as build to a satisfying cliffhanger for the mid-season break. Instead of maximizing that time, “The Walking Dead” has shifted back to auto-pilot, meandering around with very little drive until the November finale. The creative surge the show displayed early on this season is quickly dwindling.

Man Is The True Monster

It seems that Michonne’s change of heart last episode wasn’t “I’m being an asshole and I should be kind,” so much as a “I guess I could help these newbies find a new place to live since my kid guilted me into it, but I still distrust them and everyone,” and her stank attitude is even less fun this week.
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Jim Carrey Doesn’t Care If His Political Paintings Cost Him Fans

Jim Carrey Doesn’t Care If His Political Paintings Cost Him Fans
If you follow Jim Carrey on Twitter — or if you’ve read anything at all about him in the last few years — then you’re well aware of his political leanings. A harsh critic of Donald Trump, the actor has produced a number of paintings that portray the president in particular and his administration in general in a decidedly unfavorable light.

Not everyone was onboard with him doing so: "It was interesting, because when I first starting playing on Twitter like everyone else, I got in trouble because I was honest," Carrey said during Vulture Festival today. "A terrible thing to be on Twitter!"
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ With High Oscar Hopes For Emily Blunt

The last two Oscar players have screened and they potentially have turned the season on its head. You can decern our thoughts on the impressive “Vice” separately, but the curious case of “Mary Poppins Returns” needs its own moment in the spotlight.

Rob Marshall’s sequel to the 1964 classic is set 25 years later with Emily Blunt reprising the role as the mischievous nanny who has returned to assist the now grown up Banks children, Michael and Jane (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer), as well as Michael’s own offspring.

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The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years

The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years
Frankenstein isn’t the only Frankenstein. James Whale’s 1931 take on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel was beaten to the punch by the Edison Manufacturing, which in 1910 produced what a title card describes as a “liberal adaptation” of the story.

The Library of Congress purchased a collection of prints in 2014 that included a nitrate print of Frankenstein. Alois F. Dettlaff acquired it in the 1950s and brought it with him to film festivals and monster conventions for decades; a meeting with then-AMPAS president Robert Wise in 1986 failed to persuade him to let the Academy preserve and archive it.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Tops, but ‘Widows’ Tells a Sad Story

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Tops, but ‘Widows’ Tells a Sad Story
When a film opens to over $60 million like “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” you could call it the top story and go from there. However, there’s just as much interest in the opening-weekend subplots provided by “Widows,” “Instant Family,” and “Green Book.” These results are not encouraging; in the cases of “Widows” and “Green Book,” the implications are frightening.

At $170 million, this weekend will be down about 15 percent from last year. While “Fantastic Beasts” provided a strong franchise, it turns out “Justice League” was 50 percent more popular. Last year had the surprise initial success of “Wonder,” which opened to $27.5 million.

“Grindelwald” is the smallest opening for a film from J.K. Rowling’s universe of wizards. It’s disappointing at 19 percent less (adjusted), but Warners will be buttressed by the film’s overseas performance of $191 million this weekend (Japan still to come). But with a lower start and 16 percent second-day drop,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Screens, and Emily Blunt Lands In the Oscar Race

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” had its first public screening for SAG members Saturday night at Fox, and Emily Blunt portrays the iconic nanny with such confidence and charm that she could land a Best Actress Oscar nomination. No easy feat since Julie Andrews won the Oscar with the role in 1965 and charmed the world with a performance that was “practically perfect in every way.”

The Rob Marshall-directed musical should also be very competitive in several craft races, including John Myhre’s production design, Sandy Powell’s costume design, Marc Shaiman’s score, Best Song, VFX, and sound editing and mixing.

“There is no one else on this planet who could play this part,” Marshall said during the post screening Q&A, where he appeared on a panel with Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda (as lamplighter Jack), producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt, and Myhre. “I wanted to honor that beautiful,
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Governors Awards Red Carpet Scaled Back by Academy Due to Wildfires

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is choosing to “scale back” the red carpet at tonight’s Governors Awards due to the ongoing wildfires in California, which have led to at least 76 deaths. 1,200 people are listed as missing in the town of Paradise, and the conflagration is still only 55 percent contained.

“In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” an AMPAS spokesperson said in a statement. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists and filmmakers that are so deserving.”

Several red carpets were canceled at AFI Fest for the same reason, including the world premieres of “Bird Box” and “Mary Queen of Scots,” which closed the weeklong festival. Screenings of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Destroyer,” and “Widows” likewise began without the usual fanfare.
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‘Pinky and the Brain’ Voice Actors Hint at Reboot: ‘If We Get Our Show Back…’

‘Pinky and the Brain’ Voice Actors Hint at Reboot: ‘If We Get Our Show Back…’
What are we going to do tonight? The same thing we do every night, Pinky: Try to get rebooted. That’s one takeaway from a Vulture Festival panel in which voice actors read famous movie scenes, including Maurice Lamarche and Rob Paulsen of “Pinky and the Brain,” performing the Ferris wheel scene from “The Third Man” in character. They’d already done so once before on the cartoon itself, leading Paulsen to say to his co-star, “If we get our show back…”

Lamarche’s response? “Quiet, Pinky, or I’ll have to beat you over the head with an Nda.” Whether it was a joke or a sign of things to come remains unclear, but it’s not like it would be surprising for another ’90s classic to get the reboot treatment. To wit, “Animaniacs” — where the two animated mice first debuted in 1993 — is itself being brought back courtesy of
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‘Green Book’: Will Word of Mouth Save the Wobbly Oscar Contender?

‘Green Book’: Will Word of Mouth Save the Wobbly Oscar Contender?
Two high-level openings with Oscar hopes, Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” (Universal) and Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate” (CBS), dominate the new releases entering the crowded and volatile specialized award season marketplace. “Green Book” is struggling to pull audiences with a multi-city opening at top theaters. The true 60s story starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali will need a dramatic word-of-mouth boost it before its planned quick expansion. Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh biopic launched well with its iconic subject promising strong positive specialized response ahead.

Boy Erased” (Focus) led the new expansions –among the best of wider releases this fall. The market has suddenly become very competitive, with a number of films struggling and risking not getting full holiday bookings as the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend approaches.

Opening

Green Book (Universal) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Toronto, Mill Valley, Hamptons 2018

$313,000 in 25 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,520

Few of this
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Constance Wu Explains Why She Doesn’t Clap Back at ‘Asian Incels’

Constance Wu Explains Why She Doesn’t Clap Back at ‘Asian Incels’
Constance Wu has to deal with more than her fair share of internet trolls, and she knows which ones to ignore. At Vulture Festival Los Angeles last night, the “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Fresh Off the Boat” star was asked about her experience with “MRAsians” — Wu prefers the term “Asian incels,” short for “involuntarily celibate” — and explained that “a lot of Asian men are mad that one of my boyfriends was white.”

“They make this assumption that every single one of my boyfriends has been white based on the one boyfriend they’ve seen on my social media, who is the boyfriend that I was dating when I first started my account, all the way up until after ‘Fresh Off the Boat.’ Unless they think I was a virgin before I was 30, then…yeah,” she said.

“I don’t clap back online because I don’t feel the need to defend myself,
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‘Vice’ Reactions: Christian Bale, Amy Adams & An “Exceptional” Movie Point To A Surefire Oscar Contender

The table has largely been set for the 2018 Academy Awards race. Sure, a few last minute stragglers hit the recent AFI Film Festival—“Mary Queen of Scots,” “On The Basis Of Sex” and “Bird Box”—but outside of some praise for the actors and their potential Oscar shots, none of them seemed to have changed the landscape. But one long-awaited film has.

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‘Disobedience’ Director Says Porn Is ‘Everywhere and Making Us Numb’

‘Disobedience’ Director Says Porn Is ‘Everywhere and Making Us Numb’
Sebastián Lelio is a busy guy. “Disobedience” arrived in theaters shortly after “A Fantastic Woman” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year, and “Gloria Bell” — an English-language remake of his own film “Gloria,” with Julianne Moore playing the part originated by Paulina García — is due in theaters next year. As evidenced by a new Guardian profile, the Chilean filmmaker has a lot on his mind.

Asked about the pivotal sex scene in “Disobedience,” which stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, Lelio muses, “I knew this scene was at the heart of the film, but didn’t know how to face it. It made me think about how sex is represented today. The presence of porn is everywhere and making us numb — eroticism has been altered and damaged.”

As he continues, “The question became: how might you make something erotic without nudity? It was important, too,
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‘The Office’ Cast Crashes Steve Carell’s ‘SNL’ Monologue to Beg for a Reboot

‘The Office’ Cast Crashes Steve Carell’s ‘SNL’ Monologue to Beg for a Reboot
If you’ve been hoping for a reboot of “The Office,” you’re far from alone. Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, and Jenna Fischer all crashed Steve Carell’s “Saturday Night Live” monologue last night to beg their former co-star to bring the beloved comedy back. After one planted audience member suggested the idea to the actor, whose post-“Office” work has seen him land an Oscar nod for “Foxcatcher” and return to the awards race with this year’s “Beautiful Boy,” Carrel found himself ambushed by the former Andy, Erin, and Pam. Watch below.

“People would really love to see an ‘Office’ reboot,” Kemper said to the delight of seemingly everyone in attendance. “Especially me, because I need that money! Let’s get that money, Steve!” After he politely declined, she replied, “You’re a jerk” with clear disappointment in her voice.

Next was Helms. “I just don’t think
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Disappoints In The U.S. But Is Magical Overseas In Its Box Office Debut

As expected, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” easily topped the box office chart this weekend. However, as expected, the film did so while simultaneously posting the worst domestic opening for a Wizarding World film (which includes the hugely popular ‘Harry Potter’ franchise). So, while the news is good for Warner Bros., there is a slight cause for alarm.

It’s rare that a film can debut with a $62.2 million domestic box office total and be deemed a bit of a disappointment.

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Look At Classic Moments Of Improvisation On Film

Some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history have been improvised performances. Anthony Hopkins cringe-worthy slurping sound and Jodie Foster’s reaction in “Silence Of the Lambs,” and Robert De Niro’s “You talkin’ to me?” scene in “Taxi Driver,” are all spontaneous moves made in the mind of the performers while “in the zone” of their characters. But improvisation is not as simple as being one step ahead of the director or screenwriter.

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Dan Aykroyd Seems To Think Bill Murray Will Be Interested In The Umpteenth Attempt At A ‘Ghostbusters 3’ With The Original Cast

No one is thirstier for a quote-unquote “proper” sequel to “Ghostbusters II,” a “Ghostbusters” cinematic universe and a franchise that goes on forever than Dan Aykroyd. The original Ghostbuster and co-creator/co-writer of the original 1984 film had been trying to get a “Ghostbusters 3” written for a decade. That idea was turned down by director Paul Feig, but he eventually pitched and made the all-female version that turned into 2016’s “Ghostbusters.” But Aykroyd, vocally unhappy with Feig’s work on “Ghostbusters,” and his long-running dream of continuing the “Ghostbusters” series with a threequel, could become a reality if the actor/writer/producer has his way, however unlikely that may seem.

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‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards

‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards
Finally, Adam McKay’s long-awaited “Vice” screened for the press on Saturday, November 17. It’s one of the last major screenings of the 2019 Oscar candidates, but but sometimes the best are saved for last.

On November 5, 2016, Paramount screened Denzel Washington’s “Fences” at a packed Westwood screening, followed by a short Q&A with the director and cast. Viola Davis went on to win Best Supporting Actress at SAG, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs on the way to her first Oscar. Paramount debuted “The Big Short” November 12, 2015 as closing night of the AFI Fest. It went on to receive five Oscar nominations with McKay and Charles Randolph’s adapted screenplay taking BAFTA, WGA, and the Oscar.

So now we have McKay’s follow-up, and anticipation is high. Financed by Annapurna, the movie is set to hit theaters December 25. And at the packed Westwood screening for guilds and awards press,
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