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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is ready to cast a powerful spell on the box office.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole is heading for a domestic opening weekend in the $75 million range, early estimates showed Friday.

The North American figure could wind up matching the $74.4 million opening for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The sequel is dominating the other openers — Fox/New Regency’s “Widows” and Paramount’s comedy “Instant Family,” with both heading for the $11 million to $13 million range. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” conjured $9.1 million in Thursday night previews, while “Widows” made $600,00 in previews and “Instant Family” took in $550,000.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has been projected by the studio to earn $65 million from 4,163 domestic locations this weekend, though industry estimates showed that number could be closer to $75 million and as much as $250 million worldwide. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros.
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Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88

Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88
Jorn Winther, the director on the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that kept television and radio audiences transfixed over four consecutive nights in 1977, has died. He was 88.

Winther was identified as a man killed Nov. 9 in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

In the 1960s, Winther directed for the ABC music showcase Shindig! and worked on variety shows hosted by the likes of Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher and Barbara McNair.

He later spent more than five years as an executive producer and director ...
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World War II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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The Crown writer Peter Morgan on William Goldman: 'He was just a sublime storyteller'

In 2006, while working on Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan became friends with his screenwriting hero William Goldman, who died this week. Here he remembers a true master of the form

The first way I met him was through his movies, the same way as all of us, growing up watching Marathon Man and All the President’s Men. My first experience as a writer was on Madame Sousatzka for John Schlesinger, who had directed Marathon Man, and I remember quizzing him all about Bill Goldman, and him saying how lovely he was.

By that point I had read Adventures in the Screen Trade. It was utterly riveting and I don’t know if it’s ever been equalled: both a guide to how to write and a guide to how to navigate the experience of being a professional in the industry. Even though he existed at the most exalted level, it never felt like that.
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Film Review: ‘Speed Kills’

Film Review: ‘Speed Kills’
There have been many ups and downs in John Travolta’s career, which currently rests in a valley equivalent to the one he’d hit just before “Pulp Fiction” a quarter-century ago. You might think anything would be an improvement after “Gotti.” Yet the new “Speed Kills” not only isn’t appreciably better, it’s also bad in much the same way: another cliché-riddled portrait of an underworld-tied figure the movie seems to celebrate as one ballsy Sob, though viewers may find his personality warrants more fumigation than admiration.

Portraying the high-flying times and violent death of the erstwhile “King of Powerboats,” this slick yet hapless concoction offers Travolta an opportunity to swagger humorlessly, clutching babes and trophies for nearly 100 minutes. What’s not to like? Well, everything — unless you’re the star, who seems convinced that this embarrassingly cloddish biopic-slash-thriller actually flatters both him and its subject.

Travolta’s
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Academy Cancels Red Carpet Interviews at Governors Awards Due to Wildfires

California’s wildfires have resulted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scaling back Sunday’s red carpet at its Governors Awards event to a photos-only event. “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,” AMPAS announced Friday evening. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists and filmmakers that are so deserving. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for your coverage planning and hope to see you at the next Academy event.” The Governors Awards takes place at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood. Academy Honorary Award will be given to Cicely Tyson, Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will be presented to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: The Convoluted Lestrange Lineage, Explained

Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Near the climax of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we finally get a big exposition scene where the characters gather and secrets are revealed about family relations. There’s a tossed off prophecy that’s supposed to relate to Credence’s origin, and it’s what has him at the center of a manhunt. However, it’s his genealogy that really concerns writer J.K. Rowling, so we’re treated to a long scene where various characters explain how they’re related (or not related) to each other. [caption id="…
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Superhero Bits: ‘Doctor Strange’ Prop Saved from Fire, Batkid is Cancer-Free & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Doctor Strange’ Prop Saved from Fire, Batkid is Cancer-Free & More
What one sacred item did director Scott Derrickson save from Doctor Strange before his house burned down? What happens when you type “Excelsior” into Netflix’s search engine? When can Amazon Prime members catch an early screening of Aquaman? Will the Avengers 4 trailer arrive before the Avengers: Prelude comic hits shelves? All that and more […]

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6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

Innovators from across film, television, and digital media gathered at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit Thursday to discuss the state of diversity and representation within the entertainment industry.

Among the event’s keynote conversations and moderated panels were discussions with Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, Oscar-winning “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, and actress Eva Longoria Baston, who shared her experience as a female filmmaker and the struggles that come with it. Other topics included the entertainment industry’s disability community, the benefits of unscripted series, and the future of inclusive storytelling.

Here are some of Variety‘s biggest takeaways from the day’s discussions.

1) It’s possible to pump breastmilk while filming.

As a mother navigating the film industry, cinematographer Rachel Morrison said she’s trying to support other new mothers in her field, including one female Dp who discovered a way to pump breastmilk while filming with a handheld camera. Other
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: What’s Up with Dumbledore?

Spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald follow below. This is your final spoiler warning, folks. We’re going deep into Fantastic Beasts 2 and the film’s shocking ending below. If you haven’t seen the film, turn back now. Okay, we good? So yeah, Dumbledore apparently has a brother, and that brother is Credence. That’s literally where Fantastic Beasts 2 ends, and you may have some questions. While we’ve already broken down that specific ending, here we wanted to dive into what we do and don’t know about Dumbledore’s family history, so we …
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Daily Podcast: In Space There’s No Room To Eat A Sandwich

Daily Podcast: In Space There’s No Room To Eat A Sandwich
On the November 16, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and senior writer Ben Pearson to talk about the latest film and tv news, including William Goldman, Creed II, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Thor, FilmStruck, and A24. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on […]

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Film News Roundup: Mlb Doping Scandal Documentary ‘Screwball’ Set for Spring Release

Film News Roundup: Mlb Doping Scandal Documentary ‘Screwball’ Set for Spring Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Screwball” is getting a domestic release in the spring, Brian Goldsmith re-ups at Lionsgate, horror novel “Snowblind” is in the works as a film, and “Room 13” has been cast.

Acquisition

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to baseball doping documentary “Screwball” and plans a theatrical release to coincide with the start of the Major League Baseball season in April.

The film, directed by Billy Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”), centers on the Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis doping scandal, which broke in 2013 when several Mlb players were accused of obtaining performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone from the now-defunct rejuvenation clinic Biogenesis of America.

Screwball” premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and recently played at DocNYC. Corben and Alfred Spellman produced under their Rakontur banner.

“Billy Corben’s wildly entertaining doc is his latest look at a perverse pursuit of the American Dream,
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: What Did You Think?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now out in theaters, and boy are there things to discuss with this movie. The sequel is the second installment in what screenwriter J.K. Rowling plans to be a five-film franchise, picking up in 1927 pretty directly after the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The sequel moves us closer to the world of Harry Potter that fans know and love, as the villainous Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has his eye on recruiting the dangerous and enigmatic Credence (Ezra Miller) to help him on his quest to assert …
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‘The Informer’ Trailer: Joel Kinnaman Informs on the Mob for Rosamund Pike

‘The Informer’ Trailer: Joel Kinnaman Informs on the Mob for Rosamund Pike
Joel Kinnaman has nailed the tortured ex-military man niche, and he brings it to a new Aviron Pictures crime thriller co-starring Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, and Common. Kinnaman plays the titular character in The Informer, a crime thriller based on the book Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, which follows one man caught in the […]

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The Best Christmas Movies on Netflix Right Now

The halls are decked, the season is jolly, and there are Jingle Jangles everywhere -- Christmastime is officially upon us, which means it's time to get in the spirit with all your favorite holiday films. There's no shortage of ways to find Christmas movies for your viewing pleasure -- streaming services are stocked up on Christmas fare and you can always count on FreeForm for their 25 Days of Christmas, but Netflix remains the king of the streaming game, so we've put together a list of the best Christmas movies you …
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Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot

Chris Pratt in Early Talks for ‘The Saint’ Reboot
Chris Pratt is eyeing a new franchise to call his own. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star is in early talks to lead a relaunch of Paramount Pictures action franchise The Saint. Deadline broke the news Friday, noting that sources caution discussions are still early on, but the project has been in the works for a while now. Paramount scooped up the book rights for The Saint back in 2016 with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce and it seems the studio is now starting to circle in on the lead. In the realm of IP, …
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Move Over Windows Vista, ‘The Net 2.0’ is the Worst System Update of the Millennium

Move Over Windows Vista, ‘The Net 2.0’ is the Worst System Update of the Millennium
(Welcome to Dtv Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, we visit the dark web for a peek behind the digital curtain in search of the sequel to the Sandra Bullock hit The Net!) Everyone knows the interweb is a scary place, but some of […]

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‘Dogs’ Review: Netflix’s Docuseries Is a Poignant Love Letter to Humanity

“Human relationships are complex. Dogs make life more simple,” says groomer Kenichi Nagase in Netflix’s docuseries “Dogs.” The Japanese introvert has hit upon a byproduct of the six-part anthology series, ostensibly an examination of the unconditional love between owner and pet, but ultimately a celebration of how the love of dogs can inspire people to focus on a passion. And as seen in this series, this leads to greater heights of humanity, even acts of heroism. Yes, lolling tongues, floppy ears, and wagging tails abound, but in the end, it’s the people’s stories that resonate the most in “Dogs.” Dogs are easy to love, and through their example, we can relearn to love our fellow man.

Documentary heavyweights Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil”) and Glen Zipper lead a handful of acclaimed filmmakers through six tales of doggy devotion that travel from the U.S. to Syria,
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‘Castlevania’ Producer Adi Shankar Making ‘Devil May Cry’ TV Show Set in Same Multiverse

‘Castlevania’ Producer Adi Shankar Making ‘Devil May Cry’ TV Show Set in Same Multiverse
Last month, producer Adi Shankar teased the following message: “I can confirm that I’m working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of their iconic video game series into a series.” One of the trades reported that he was hyping a The Legend of Zelda TV show, but that […]

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