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‘Who Will Write Our History’ Opens Strong as Oscar Contenders Await Nominations

‘Who Will Write Our History’ Opens Strong as Oscar Contenders Await Nominations
Abramorama release “Who Will Write Our History,” a detailed account of the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi occupation, showed intense interest in its initial exclusive Manhattan date ahead of special event screenings next weekend. It’s a small release to celebrate; in the pre-Oscar nominations limbo, any signs of life are welcome in the specialized world.

The leading contenders for Oscar nominations grossed about $6 million total this weekend. That compares to about $16 million the weekend prior to the announcement last year. That’s a big drop — but it could also reflect that we’re in a rare Oscar year dominated by major studio films.

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Who Will Write Our History? (Abramorama) – Metacritic: 80; Festivals include: Rome 2018

$12,719 in 1 theater; PTA (per theater average): $12,719

Strong reviews helped propel this documentary centering on massive archives recovered from the Warsaw Ghetto. It played sold-out shows at a 100-seat screen in New York’s Quad Cinema.
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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million

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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million.

If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($107 million) and “Ride Along” ($48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and Mlk holiday weekend.

The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” arrived slightly behind Universal Pictures’ projections heading into the weekend. It’s still a solid showing, to be sure, since the movie was produced for just $20 million. But given the cult status of “Unbreakable” and the surprise box office success of “Split,” industry watchers were anticipating a stronger start for “Glass.” However, middling reviews and a so-so audience reception didn’t help momentum.

“Glass” saw James McAvoy reprise his role from “Split,” while Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returned as their characters from “Unbreakable.”
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'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening

'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening
Universal and Blumhouse's Glass was unable to quite reach the lofty heights some had expected heading into the weekend, but the film still managed a solid #1 start, playing very similarly to its predecessor based on current estimates. Glass, however, might not be the biggest news of the weekend when you consider the monster debut of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which is looking at a possible third place finish based on early estimates, but it's important to note current results are not from the film's domestic distributor, FUNimation. Elsewhere, Stx's The Upside delivered on expectations with a strong second weekend while WB's Aquaman topped $300 million domestically. With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget.
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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List
Green Book walked away with the marquee prize at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed up its Golden Globes win and beat out a tough field to snare the statuette for Animated Feature, and the Mister Rogers pic Won’t You Be My Neighbor? laced up the Documentary Feature prize, also topping a solid field..

On the TV side, the final season of FX’s The Americans won the drama series awards, following up its Globes win two weeks ago. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued its remarkable awards run, up its Emmy and Golden Globes triumph with its second consecutive Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the PGAs. Its creator-ep Amy Sherman-Palladino was among tonight’s career award recipients – the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television.
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PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize

PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has won the animated movie award at the Producers Guild Awards.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” topped “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The last three PGA winners in animation – “Coco,” “Zootopia,” “Inside Out” – have also won the Oscar.

The fifth season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” repeated as the winner of the Live Entertainment and Talk category. The second season of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took the David L. Wolper Award for limited series television.

Fahrenheit 451” won the award for top streamed or televised motion picture. The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took the award for game and competiton television. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” won the award for non-fiction television.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the first award at the awards show
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Cinema Management Group adds 'Dia de Muertos' to sales slate (exclusive)

Cinema Management Group adds 'Dia de Muertos' to sales slate (exclusive)
Sales to launch in Berlin; Videocine sets Mexico release.

Edward Noeltner’s Los Angeles-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has picked up worldwide sales rights excluding Latin America to the Mexican CGI family animation Dia de Muertos.

The title from Guadalajara-based animation studio Metacube Technology and Entertainment (Sugar Skulls) is in post-production and scheduled for a wide theatrical release in Mexico through distribution powerhouse Videocine on November 2, coinciding with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations.

Ten-time Ariel Award-winning filmmaker Carlos Eduardo Gutierrez Medrano and Ariel Award-winning animation director Juan Jose Medina directed, and Estefani Gaona Gochicoa (La Princesa y el Caracol) served as producer.
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‘Counterpart’ Reveals the Origins of the Crossing & Management in the Excellent “Twin Cities”

Warning: Spoilers for the Counterpart Season 2 episode "Twin Cities" follow. One of the most chilling lines spoken in the Starz series Counterpart came from Yanek (James Cromwell), an “extractor” who specializes in comparing the experiences from the show’s two worlds. He’s speaking with Howard Alpha (J.K. Simmons), who has crossed over, and is telling him about some of the differences in his life versus that of his “Other,” Howard Prime. In describing Prime’s poor relationship with his father, and the decisions he made to abandon him, Alpha passionately exclaims “I would never do that!” Yanek …
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‘True Detective’ Review: Episode 3 Shows Why Relationships Matter More Than the Case

‘True Detective’ Review: Episode 3 Shows Why Relationships Matter More Than the Case
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “True Detective” Season 3, Episode 3, “The Big Never.”]

Hoo boy, a whole lot happened in “True Detective” this week! Turns out the Purcell kids didn’t go over to Ronnie’s house as many times as they say they did — so who were they seeing? The evidence in William’s recovered backpack points to an adult — who else would buy all those toys for him? How does the communion photo figure into all this, given Will’s body was left in a similar, praying pose after his death? And what about the dice, the bloody rocks, and the house near the suspected murder site? Speaking of the woods, what did Wayne (Mahershala Ali) leave in the woods? Amelia’s ghost seems to think he’s covering something up, so it’s not just the aging detective’s deteriorating memory that’s holding up the investigation. Plus, now there’s a mysterious
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Diverse Talents Pepper Variety’s Fifth 10 Europeans to Watch List

Variety has unveiled its fifth edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, spotlighting 10 rising talents from across the continent who are poised for breakthroughs in 2019. The selection includes emerging actors, directors, showrunners and cinematographers from six countries whose dynamic talents are being showcased on screens big and small, and on both sides of the camera.

The group will be feted at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival with a luncheon in partnership with Dr. Hauschka at the Gorki Apartments on Feb. 9, and at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg party that evening at the Ritz-Carlton.

The 2019 10 Europeans to Watch:

French cinematographer and director Marine Atlan has two films screening in Berlin: her directorial feature debut, “Daniel,” premieres in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section and she shot Panorama selection “Jessica Forever.”

German thesp Jonas Dassler toplines Fatih Akin’s Berlin competition pic “The Golden Glove.”

Belgian helmer Bas Devos, whose feature debut, “Violet,” won the Berlin
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‘Smilf’ Does ‘Atlanta’s Social Surrealism For Struggling Single Moms With Similar Shimmering Brilliance [Season 2 Review]

Someone should coin a specific term for the unusual mélange of magical realism, biting social-commentary and the surreal existential absurdism of “Atlanta,” if only so I can reapply said term to Showtime‘s fierce and funny “Smilf,” a series that came to similar ideas on its own, but filtered through an unapologetically raw feminist lens of struggle, heartbreak and hilarity. Season one already featured these disparate, idiosyncratic elements, brilliantly fusing them with painfully sharp observations and deep wells of empathy.

Continue reading ‘Smilf’ Does ‘Atlanta’s Social Surrealism For Struggling Single Moms With Similar Shimmering Brilliance [Season 2 Review] at The Playlist.
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Scoot McNairy On His ‘True Detective’ Role and ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2

Created by Nic Pizzolatto, the HBO series True Detective has returned for an eight-episode third season that plays out in three separate time periods, as it explores the case that has haunted Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), throughout the years. When a young Arkansas boy and his sister mysteriously vanish in 1980, enduring questions about what happened set Hays and partner Roland West (Stephen Dorff), along with parents Tom (Scoot McNairy) and Lucy Purcell (Mamie Gummer), on a long journey to make sense of it all. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Scoot McNairy (whose …
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Andy Gruenberg, Longtime Film Distribution Executive, Dies at 68

Andy Gruenberg, a longtime film-distribution executive who most recently oversaw theatrical distribution for Netflix, died suddenly on January 18. He was 68.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 10, 1950, Gruenberg spent his childhood in Milwaukee and his working life in the film industry; his tenure included stints at Warner Bros., Columbia, MGM, and Miramax, where he helped bring everything from “Ghostbusters” and “The Karate Kid” to “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Life Is Beautiful” to theaters. Gruenberg was Miramax’s President of Distribution when “Shakespeare in Love” won Best Picture and Executive Vice President of Distribution at MGM when “Leaving Las Vegas” won Nicolas Cage the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Other titles whose theatrical releases he oversaw include “Get Shorty,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The Proposition,” and “Bernie.”

“I loved working with Andy and enjoyed our friendship over many years,” said Ted Mundorff, who co-founded the Film Arcade with him in 2011. “Andy was
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‘Glass’ Tops the Box Office, But Fails to Shatter the Mlk Weekend

‘Glass’ Tops the Box Office, But Fails to Shatter the Mlk Weekend
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass,” completing a loose trilogy preceded by “Unbreakable” and “Split,” easily topped the first three days of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Its $40.5 million total nearly beat the totals for the next three films combined.

However, grosses overall continue to decline when put beside comparable periods last year. Though the full figures should slightly outpace those of the 2018 calendar weekend, they will be down 30 percent from the earlier Mlk holiday. Year to date numbers are down 13 percent.

“Glass” has the huge financial plus of costing only about $20 million. That is double the expense for the 2016 film, which opened at the same number two years ago, through the post-mlk weekend. Its success, and advance expectations for this (as well as the decline in total releases from major studios) meant it had no competition among new wide releases.

That’s unheard of. All recent years have seen
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'Glass' rules Mlk holiday in North America on $41m over three, $47m over four days

Debut rises to projected $47m over four days in what would be third-best holiday launch.

M Night Shyamalan’s Glass opened top of the North American charts over Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, earning an estimated $40.6m for the three-day portion and a projected $47m over four through Universal.

Fox’s Japanese fantasy animation Dragon Ball Super: Broly struck a blow for anime as it arrived in third place on an excellent $10.7m in 1,233 sites, and has grossed $65.9m outside North America through Fox International.

Glass, Shyamalan’s finale of his Eastrail 177 genre trilogy, opened in 3,841 theatres and was
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'Glass' scores $40.6m number one Mlk holiday three-day debut in North America

Debut rises to projected $47m over four days in what would be third-best holiday launch.

M Night Shyamalan’s Glass opened top of the North American charts over Mlk holiday weekend, earning an estimated $40.6m for the three-day portion and a projected $47 over four through Universal.

Fox’s Japanese fantasy animation Dragon Ball Super: Broly struck a blow for anime as it arrived in third place on an excellent $10.7m in 1,233 sites, and has grossed $65.9m outside North America through Fox International.

Glass, Shyamalan’s finale of his Eastrail 177 genre trilogy, opened in 3,841 theatres and was on a par with
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Ja Rule Slams Netflix and Hulu for Fyre Festival Documentaries: ‘I Too Was Hustled’

Ja Rule Slams Netflix and Hulu for Fyre Festival Documentaries: ‘I Too Was Hustled’
Ja Rule isn’t a fan of the two Fyre Festival documentaries that dropped this week — or the streaming platforms responsible for them. The rapper and would-be music-festival organizer, whose portrayal in both Hulu’s “Fyre Fraud” and Netflix’s “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” isn’t especially favorable, took to Twitter to share his feelings about the films and viewers’ reactions to them: “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers…,” Ja tweeted, presumably employing sarcasm to indicate that he does not, in fact, love this phenomenon.

“I had an amazing vision to create a festival like No Other!!! I would Never Scam or Fraud anyone what sense does that make???” he then asked rhetorically. Fyre Festival was promoted as an exclusive luxury experience but ended up turning into a disaster, with no performances ever taking place and attendees left to
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‘Suspiria’ Remake Featurette Teaches You the Secret Language of Dance

‘Suspiria’ Remake Featurette Teaches You the Secret Language of Dance
The weird and wild Suspiria remake is now available on digital, giving you a chance to watch Luca Guadagnino‘s bloody epic from the comfort of your own home. To coincide with the digital release, and the upcoming Blu-ray as well, a new Suspiria remake featurette takes you behind-the-scenes to show you how the movie’s choreographer created the strange […]

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‘American Gods’ Season 2 Trailer Reveals the War Between Old Gods and the New

With showrunners and actors (and then showrunners again) leaping over the side of the Viking ship and delays pushing production back, it's been a long, bumpy road for American Gods season 2. But the premiere is finally right around the corner, and a new, two-minute-long trailer reveals that any of the behind-the-scenes hullabaloo hasn't stopped Starz's battle-of-the-deities drama from being one of the most dazzling series on TV. Season 2 will pick up where season 1 left off, with Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) diving headfirst into Mr. Wednesday's (Ian …
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‘Berlin, I Love You’ Trailer: Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren Star in Fourth ‘Cities’ Anthology Film

‘Berlin, I Love You’ Trailer: Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren Star in Fourth ‘Cities’ Anthology Film
Following the footsteps of Paris, je t’aime in 2006, New York, I Love You in 2008, and Rio, Eu Te Amo in 2014, comes Berlin, I Love You, the fourth official entry in the “Cities of Love” anthology film series. And in this Hollywood vision of the German city, it turns out there are precious few German people […]

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‘Roma’ Named Film of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle

‘Roma’ Named Film of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle
After similar wins in Los Angeles and New York, Alfonson Cuarón’s “Roma” has once again been named the year’s best film, this time by the London Film Critics Circle. It also won Director of the Year laurels, with other major prizes going to “Cold War” (Foreign-Language Film of the Year) and “The Favourite”.

We appear to have reached a familiar awards-season crossroads, dear readers, in which the critics’ awards diverge from those handed out by the guilds. “Roma” is the clear favorite among the former group, while a consensus has yet to emerge among the latter — “Green Book” won big with the PGA last night, but the DGA and SAG have yet to announce their winners. Whatever the case, see the full list of winners from London below:

Film Of The Year

“Roma”

Foreign-language Film Of The Year

“Cold War”

Documentary Of The Year

“Faces Places”

British/Irish
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