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Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years

Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years
The three-day President's Day weekend last year saw the top twelve gross over $270 million, the bulk of which was due to the over $202 million three-day opening for Black Panther, accounting for nearly 74% of the combined top twelve gross. This year didn't have such a monster release, and while expectations were muted, the top twelve's combined $109.1 million makes for the worst three-day President's Day weekend since 2004. Leading the charge was Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, delivering $27.8 million for the three-day. Elsewhere, while Universal's release of Blumhouse's Happy Death Day 2U fell short of expectations, it has already grossed more than its production budget and WB's release of New Line's Isn't It Romantic took advantage of Valentine's Day leading into the weekend and delivered a third place finish. Fox's Alita: Battle Angel topped the weekend box office with ease, outperforming expectations and delivering an estimated $27.8 million over the three-day weekend
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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever

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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever
It’s a wrap on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Dwayne Johnson shared the news Friday on Instagram, saying production just ended on the “most challenging film” he’s ever done.

“Hobbs & Shaw is officially wrapped,” Johnson wrote. “Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped ‘break the internet’ reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding.”

The wrestler-turned-box office heavyweight went on to praise co-star Jason Statham for joining him on the adventure.

“A Huge bald and brotherly Mahalo to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and ‘pushed all his chips in’ to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham,” he added.

The spinoff, directed by David Leitch is set two years after the events of The Fate of the Furious,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners
Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.”

In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” won the animated prize. “Free Solo” reigned in the documentary field.

TV winners included “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Three-time CAS award-winner Mary Jo Lang received the President’s Award, while Oscar-winning production mixer Lee Orloff was honored with career achievement recognition.

Steven Spielberg received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Seven of the director’s films have been nominated by the Cinema Audio Society: “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,
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Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards: 'Vice' Tops Film Categories

Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards: 'Vice' Tops Film Categories
The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild on Saturday handed out its annual awards in film, TV, commercials and live theater.

Vice scored the most wins in the feature motion-picture categories, winning two awards: best period and/or character makeup and best special makeup effects.

Other film winners include A Star is Born (best contemporary makeup), Crazy Rich Asians (best contemporary hair styling) and Mary Queen of Scots (best period and/or character hair styling).

American Horror Story: Apocalypse won the most awards of any project, taking home three: best contemporary makeup in a TV series and both of the commercial and music video awards. The Marvelous ...
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Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear

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Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear
Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday.

The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal behind the ongoing trial of Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon.

Accepting the award, Lapid said “Synonyms,” which stars Tom Mercier, would likely be considered “scandalous” in Israel and France – the pic skewers stereotypes from both nations – but added that it was ultimately a celebration.

In his review in Variety, Jay Weissberg wrote that the film takes “a Kalashnikov to the nation’s military culture and its carefully nurtured persecution complex.”

Thanking the Berlinale for selecting his film, Ozon said he did not know whether addressing child sexual abuse
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'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77

'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, one of Europe's most acclaimed film and theater actors who was best known for his towering performance as Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated Downfall — a performance that earned him accolades and launched a million memes — has died. He was 77.

Ganz's management confirmed that the Swiss actor died Friday evening at his home in Zurich following a long illness.

Ganz was an iconic figure in the German-speaking world and beyond, his gravely, Swiss-accented voice as instantly recognizable as his mercurial style, which could shift from reserved and withdrawn to volcanic in an instant.

Born in ...
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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’

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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’
Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions.

“We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” said American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Osstrom, who spearheaded the opposition.

“The honor offered by the Academy Awards is vital to validating the claim that everyone contributing to the making of a motion picture is an artist,” he added.

Van Oostrum and three other ASC members — Hoyte van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki — met Thursday night with Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy president John Bailey to press their case. The controversy had exploded when AMPAS announced Monday that the portions of the awards for four categories — cinematography, film editing,
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date

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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date
Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax.

Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Dune” centers on the battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis. Chalamet is playing the leader Paul Atreides, who is forced to escape into the wastelands, where he eventually becomes the ruler of the nomadic tribes.

Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve is helming and co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. The movie will be produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

Dune” is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. The
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‘Love Death + Robots’ Trailer: Tim Miller and David Fincher’s Bizarre Animated Anthology

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‘Love Death + Robots’ Trailer: Tim Miller and David Fincher’s Bizarre Animated Anthology
Tim Miller and David Fincher might not seem like the most likely of collaborators, but the “Deadpool” and “Gone Girl” directors have teamed up to present “Love Death + Robots” for Netflix. The animated anthology has the potential to be one of the streaming giant’s strangest offerings this year, as “sentient dairy products, werewolf soldiers, robots gone wild, garbage monsters, cyborg bounty hunters, alien spiders and blood-thirsty demons from hell” are all on the docket in the 18-part series. Watch a new trailer below.

Here’s the full synopsis: “The full roster of stories will cover a variety of adult topics including racism, government, war, free will, and human nature. The anthology collection spans the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy genres and each short has a unique animation style: from traditional 2D to photo-real 3D CGI. The creators were assembled for a global calling for best in class animators
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sounds Stellar At 2019 Cas Awards

The Cinema Audio Society handed out its 2019 Cas Awards on Saturday night and provided some keen insight on how the Sound Mixing Oscar race might play out. “Bohemian Rhapsody” took the top prize over major competition from “A Star is Born” and “First Man.” Whether AMPAS members feel the same way about the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic in this category remains to be seen.

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‘Pet Graveyard’ Trailer: Eat Your Heart Out, Stephen King

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‘Pet Graveyard’ Trailer: Eat Your Heart Out, Stephen King
Pet Sematary is hitting theaters this April, hoping to scare a whole new generation with Stephen King’s tale of terror. But it’s not the only pet-themed horror film arriving that month. April will also see the release of Pet Graveyard, a film with a title designed to fool people not paying attention. There was a time when […]

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Death Rumors Were Exaggerated, but 2019 Box-Office Struggle is Real

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In what could be the final release from 20th Century Fox before it becomes subsumed by Disney, “Alita: Battle Angel” was clearly the #1 film this weekend. It performed better than expected, with $41.7 million anticipated for the four-day weekend.

“Alita” bested the second weekend of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and two films that opened Wednesday, “Isn’t It Romantic” and “Happy Death Day 2U.” Along with “What Men Want,” also in its second week, they also represent the state of business at the moment — and the industry has much bigger concerns than which categories are shown live at next Sunday’s Oscars.

This will be a rock-bottom Presidents’ Day Weekend, with ticket sales down at least a third; in comparison to some years, it’s only half. One of those years was 2018, when “Black Panther” led to 31 million tickets sold. That was an extreme case, but the drop
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‘Vice,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Look Pretty At Make-Up and Hairstyling Guild Awards

The Make-Up and Hairstyling Guild handed out their 2019 Awards on Saturday night and two of the three Academy Award nominees, “Vice” and “Mary Queen of Scots,” both had good nights. “Vice” took home Best Period and/or Character Makeup and Best Special Effects Makeup in a Film. “Mary Queen of Scots” took the Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling while “Crazy Rich Asians” won the honor for Contemporary Hairstyling.

The other Oscar nominee, “Border,” did not make the guild cut likely because it was a foreign language film.

Continue reading ‘Vice,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Look Pretty At Make-Up and Hairstyling Guild Awards at The Playlist.
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Paul Schrader’s Next Film Is a ‘Neo-Meta Western’; Ethan Hawke No Longer Involved

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Paul Schrader’s Next Film Is a ‘Neo-Meta Western’; Ethan Hawke No Longer Involved
When last we spoke of Paul Schrader‘s next film, Nine Men from Now, Schrader was hoping that his First Reformed star Ethan Hawke would star alongside Willem Dafoe. Now, Schrader has an update. The film is still happening, but sadly, Hawke is out. But Schrader does have a fun new description of the film: a Western that plays […]

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‘SNL’ Mocks Lady Gaga’s ‘100 People in a Room’ Speech on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’

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‘SNL’ Mocks Lady Gaga’s ‘100 People in a Room’ Speech on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’
If you’ve been paying too much attention to awards season, you already know about Lady Gaga’s “100 people in a room” speech. A staple of her appearances over the last several months, it’s meant as an expression of gratitude to her “A Star Is Born” director/co-star: There can be 100 people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you. You just need one to believe in you, and that was Bradley Cooper.”

Gaga’s habit of repeating the line was mocked by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg during their Golden Globes monologue, and made its way onto “Saturday Night Live” last night.

As part of a “Family Feud” skit pitting this year’s Academy Awards nominees against each other, Gaga (Melissa Villaseñor) finds herself repeating her familiar bit. “It is such an honor to be on the ‘Feud,'” she says after being introduced. “If 99 people are surveyed,
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The ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake Will Change the Original’s Famous Twist (If It Ever Comes Out)

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The ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake Will Change the Original’s Famous Twist (If It Ever Comes Out)
The Jacob’s Ladder remake has been delayed several times now, but sooner or later, audiences will have a chance to see it. And when they do, they’re going to be in for a surprise – if they’re familiar with the original film. Because the famous twist ending from Adrian Lyne’s 1990 nightmarish thriller has been changed. In […]

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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ No Match for China’s ‘Wandering Earth’ Overseas

Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ No Match for China’s ‘Wandering Earth’ Overseas
Hollywood movies like “Alita: Battle Angel” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” are doing respectable business overseas, but they’re proving no match for foreign titles at the international box office.

The Chinese New Year is bringing in huge business in the Middle Kingdom. China’s sci-fi epic “The Wandering Earth” pulled in a massive $96.6 million from three territories, bringing its international tally to $606.8 million. Another movie from the Mainland, “Crazy Alien,” earned $28 million for an overseas total of $318 million, while fellow local title “Pegasus” brought in $25.7 million, taking its bounty to $238 million.

Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel” led films on the Hollywood front, generated $56 million when it launched in 86 overseas markets this weekend. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the sci-fi adventure has now grossed $94 million internationally. The movie saw the best opening in Russia, where it earned $6.5 million. “Alita” also had sizable
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Gaspar Noé Loved ‘Roma’ and ‘First Reformed’ but Won’t Watch the Oscars

Gaspar Noé Loved ‘Roma’ and ‘First Reformed’ but Won’t Watch the Oscars
Gaspar Noé shot his riveting dance-party-gone-wrong thriller “Climax” in just 15 days, but the year he’s spent on the road promoting it has made it hard for him to keep up with other people’s movies. As the Argentine finally returned to his home in Paris, however, he has had the chance to catch up on a few Oscar contenders — but won’t be tuning into the ceremony.

“I really don’t care about the Oscars,” Noé said in a Skype interview over the weekend. “I would never watch the Oscar ceremony. If I cared about who was winning the Oscar, it was when I was a kid when they were giving awards to ‘Midnight Cowboy’ or ‘The Godfather.’”

When “Climax” premiered at Cannes last May, Noé expressed a minority opinion about one future Oscar contender, saying in an interview that he had walked out of “Black Panther.”

Nevertheless, in his most recent interview,
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‘Fighting With My Family’ Breaks Out of Sundance at Specialty Box Office

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‘Fighting With My Family’ Breaks Out of Sundance at Specialty Box Office
As Oscar contenders transition to home viewing platforms, their box-office presence is on the wane. Next up on the specialized calendar: Sundance releases. Producer Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson’s wrestling biofilm “Fighting With My Family” (MGM) has scored the best limited opening gross so far this year.

Lower but also impressive is the Colombian Oscar submission “Birds of Passage” (The Orchard), which scored decent initial two city numbers. Continuing with Focus’ “Everybody Knows,” which expanded decently in its second week, foreign-language films are on the rebound.

Opening

Fighting With My Family (MGM) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance 2019

$131,625 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $32,906

The first hit out of Sundance delivered the best limited opening grosses since “If Beale Street Could Talk” two months ago. This retelling of the rise of WWE female superstar Paige features producer Johnson as himself. Despite its mid-American appeal, it opened as a platform run at
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’: Filming Wraps on Dwayne Johnson’s “Most Challenging Film”

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw—a film that features Idris Elba playing a genetically enhanced terrorist therefore making it the frontrunner for the 2020 Best Picture Oscar according to me—has officially wrapped production. Star Dwayne Johnson shared a message announcing the end of filming, calling Hobbs & Shaw "easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in." The film sees Johnson reprising the role of federal agent Luke Hobbs across from Jason Statham's rogue mercenary Deckard Shaw, two opposing badasses from the Fast & Furious franchise who should definitely get it over with …
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