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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million
For the 13th time this year the top film at the weekend box office was adapted from a Marvel Comics property as Sony's animated release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the weekend box office crown with the largest opening ever for an animated film in December. Warner Bros.'s The Mule also enjoyed a solid debut while Universal's release of Mortal Engines crashed and burned. Additionally, ahead of its domestic debut next weekend, WB's Aquaman continued its stellar international rollout as the #1 film at the global box office this weekend. Finishing at #1, Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought in an estimated $35.4 million for what is the largest three-day animated opening of all-time in the month of December. Previously, Universal and Illumination's Sing held that record with its $35.2 million opening. However, that debut does come with the caveat that it was part of a five-day opening
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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards

‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Seville, Spain.

The decade-spanning drama, which was inspired by the stormy relationship between Pawlikowski’s parents, also won awards for its director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award for “Dogman,” which also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary, and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

Four of the Best European Film Award nominees — “Border,” “Cold War,” “Dogman” and “Girl” — are the foreign-language Oscar entries from Sweden, Poland, Italy and Belgium, respectively. The fifth,
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'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor

'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor
Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the powerhouse production duo behind Number 9 Films, are set to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the BAFTA awards ceremony on 10 February.

Previous recipients of the award – presented annual in honor of British producer Michael Balcon – include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross, BBC Films, Angels Costumes and Curzon. The National Film and Television School was the recipient at 2018’s Film Awards.

Woolley began ...
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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77
Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77.

The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max Von Sydow.

Kageyama was an important activist for the Asian American community. He was a regular emcee in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and was praised for using his voice to advocate for Asian American representation in the entertainment industry. A member of several social activist groups and community organizations, Kageyama was associated with The Asian American Pacific Artists Association, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape), East West Players, The Japanese American National Museum, and Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

Before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Kageyama began his acting career in San Francisco
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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” has taken in $152 million overseas in 36 markets, with $135 million of that from China, where it opened on Dec. 7.

The Jason Momoa vehicle has become the highest China grosser in the DC Universe and surpassed the lifetime grosses of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther” in the Middle Kingdom. Mexico debuted with $1.4 million on Thursday on 3,517 screens while Russia and Brazil each took in $1.3 million.

Indonesia has taken in $2.2 million in two days and the U.K. generated $1.8 million in two days of previews. Taiwan’s two-day total is $1.4 million and the Philippines generated $1.1 million. In the U.S., Amazon Prime is holding advance screenings of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15 amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America on Dec.
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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”

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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”
Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners.

“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action accuses Weinstein of repeatedly forcing himself upon her. The jury requesting complaint also alleges that in his promises of movie roles for Jane Doe, Weinstein boasted that he had an affair with Lawrence and implied that is why she won the Academy Award.

“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him,” Lawrence asserted today of the real nature of her interaction with Weinstein. “This is yet another example of the predatory
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‘Devil Wears Prada’-Style Weinstein Assistant Movie Circles ‘Ozark’ Star Julia Garner

‘Devil Wears Prada’-Style Weinstein Assistant Movie Circles ‘Ozark’ Star Julia Garner
Another Harvey Weinstein movie is in development, but this one is told from the point of view of one of his assistants. The untitled Harvey Weinstein assistant movie, which is being described as a Devil Wears Prada-style film, is currently being shopped to studios, but director Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet) is already eying a star: Ozark‘s Julia Garner. Deadline […]

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‘Roma': This Handy Guide Explains the Best Way to Watch on TV

Alfonso Cuarón's sweeping personal epic Roma is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous films of the year. I was lucky enough to catch it in theaters and can confirm it's not my favorite movie of the year, but it's probably my favorite to just sit and look at, Cuarón's black-and-white compositions so deep and eye-catching the movie is pretty much a moving photo book. But with the film dropping on Netflix last Friday, most viewers will experience Roma at home. As we've said before, that's okay! And now, thanks …
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Here’s the Best Way to Watch ‘Roma’ at Home (Hint: Turn Motion Smoothing Off)

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Here’s the Best Way to Watch ‘Roma’ at Home (Hint: Turn Motion Smoothing Off)
As anyone who’s seen “Roma” has already told you, the best way to watch Alfonso Cuarón’s wrenching drama is in a movie theater. If that’s not possible, fret not: The acclaimed film made its Netflix premiere this weekend, allowing you to take in the crisp black-and-white cinematography and absorbing narrative from the comfort of your own home. Before you do that, consult this guide on the best practices for viewing the movie on your TV.

The first few rules are fairly simple and common — turn off motion smoothing or interpolation, set your color temperature to “normal,” and enable Hdr. Motion smoothing is anathema among filmmakers and cinephiles (including Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie), making that on no surprise.

However, the guide’s rationale for the temperature setting is of note: “‘Warm’ color temperature can make the film appear tinted sepia or yellow. When set to ‘cool’ the film can appear overly blue.
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Exclusive: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Dp James Laxton on Color, Closeups, and Barry Jenkins

Between Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight, and now If Beale Street Could Talk, filmmaker Barry Jenkins makes gorgeous films. But he doesn’t do it alone. He’s been working with cinematographer James Laxton since his very first short films, and the two have been honing their craft alongside one another ever since they first met in film school. If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name, may be their most impeccably crafted film yet, as their use of color, impeccable shot composition, and radical techniques brings a sense of intimacy and immersion …
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‘SNL’ Holds Oscar Host Auditions to Replace Kevin Hart

‘SNL’ Holds Oscar Host Auditions to Replace Kevin Hart
Now that Kevin Hart has been relieved of his hosting duties, the Oscars need to find a replacement. IndieWire has a number of worthy candidates to consider — including Dwayne Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Awkwafina — and so, it turns out, does “Saturday Night Live.” Last night’s episode featured a pre-recorded audition segment featuring the cast members doing their best celebrity impressions, including Matt Damon’s take on Matthew McConaughey.

“The search for a new host begins,” says the video’s narrator. “Who will risk everything for the chance to gain nothing?” Cut to Ego Nwodim as Tiffany Haddish (“She ready!”), Kate McKinnon as Michelle Wolf, and Pete Davidson as Rami Malek

That marked Davidson’s only appearance on the show other than announcing musical guests Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s second performance. Earlier in the day, he posted disturbing a message on Instagram saying, “I really don’t want
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Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ is Being Adapted Into a Kabuki Play

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ is Being Adapted Into a Kabuki Play
Hayao Miyazaki early on established himself as a master of his craft with his second feature and the inaugural Studio Ghibli film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. But while the 1984 anime classic helped establish the world-renowned animation studio, no one has dared to touch Miyazaki’s creation — until now. A Nausicaa of the Valley […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to December Record

Thwip-ing its way strongly into the holiday break, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse webbed up a solid $35.4 million in its debut weekend, the strongest opening ever for an animated film in December. Warner Bros.' Aquaman looms on the horizon next week to distract the comic book crowd, but Into the Spider-Verse—which cost a reported $90 million to make—should be in for a good Christmas-time run, bolstered by an A+ Cinemascore and an audience made up of families. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman, and Peter Ramsey, Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik …
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Listen: Stream Full ‘Vox Lux’ Soundtrack Sung By Natalie Portman With Music By Sia & Scott Walker

Director Bradey Cobert’s “Vox Lux” is something of a bone of contention around these parts and arguably Film Twitter as well. Following strong reviews during the film festival circuit, the Natalie Portman-starring movie began taking it in the teeth when a deeper swath of North American critics saw the film. While it’s fresh on Rotten Tomatoes currently, the discourse around the film is polarizing and generally lands on a love/hate relationship with the film.

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'Aquaman' rules global box office, storms to $261m international

DC Entertainment tentpole reaches $189.2m in China after two weekends.

Aquaman remained in spectacular form in its second international weekend as an estimated $126.4m from 44 markets propelled the early running total to a muscular $261.3m.

A further $23.3m enabled Universal’s The Grinch to take another giant stride towards the $150m mark, while Ralph Breaks The Internet stands at $130.7m from approximately half its markets.

Warner Bros Pictures International

Now on $161.3m after two weekends, Aquaman surged into 43 new markets and added $56.2m in its second weekend in China where it has amassed $189.2m to rank as the second highest
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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to $35 Million Debut, ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings to $35 Million Debut, ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release.

That’s hardly the biggest opening for an animated film this year, but it does rank as the best start for a cartoon in the month of December. Illumination’s “Sing” previously held that title, debuting with $35 million in 2016.

Another weekend release, Warner Bros.’ “The Mule,” snagged the No. 2 spot with $17 million. Clint Eastwood directed and stars in the R-rated crime drama about a nonagenarian who gets caught smuggling drugs for the cartel. “The Mule,” Eastwood’s first acting gig since 2012’s “Trouble With the Curve,” brought out a much older crowd. Moviegoers over the age of 35 accounted for 78% of audiences. In addition to Eastwood, “The Mule” cast includes Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, and Dianne Wiest.

Not all newcomers were able to stick the landing. Universal’s
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Matt Damon Closes Out The Year With a Strong Episode

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Matt Damon Closes Out The Year With a Strong Episode
While last week’s “Saturday Night Live” decided to put up all of its Christmas lights early this year, this week’s episode, hosted by Matt Damon, with musical guests Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, is actually the Christmas/holiday episode, as well as the last “SNL” episode of 2018. This season, for the most part, has been fine, and it would be quite the Christmas miracle to get something more than fine to close out the year.

And that’s exactly what happens here.

Host: Matt Damon

It’s crazy to think this is episode marks somehow only Matt Damon’s second time hosting “SNL” (after 16 years), since he’s of course shown up before for guest cameo spots before. (As the reminder in the cold open reminds the audience he’s this show’s Brett Kavanaugh.) But Matt Damon is here to host for only the second time, and
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Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members
Buenos Aires — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo Zupnik, who conducted the ceremony.

The double award is not coincidental. As festivals morph from one-off one-to-two week affairs to all-round movie activism, they have had to do so often on the same budget and with the same staff. One way forward is to combine efforts, expertise and brand marketing. The biggest innovation at this year’s Ventana Sur, for example, was a Proyecta co-production firm co-organized by the Cannes Film Market and San Sebastian Festival, the biggest festival in the world and the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world.

Both Frémaux and Rebordinos
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'Distressing and depressing': stars bemoan Brexit at European film awards

Picking up honorary prize, Ralph Fiennes says ‘there is only the noise of division’

Made by someone who is Scottish and Italian, filmed mostly in England, financed totally by the French and put through post-production in Belgium, The Death of Stalin is a particularly European film, its director, Armando Iannucci, noted as he picked up a European award.

“It just shows what a good idea it is for countries to co-operate together and work with the British in, let’s call it a European community, a European union. It worked very well, I’m going to take that idea back to the United Kingdom,” he said.
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On my radar: Mary Anne Hobbs’s cultural highlights

The BBC 6 Music DJ on the beauty of a Berlin recording studio, Daniel Day-Lewis and the art that held up the Haçienda nightclub

Born in Garstang, Lancashire, in 1964, Mary Anne Hobbs is a DJ, radio presenter and music journalist. She began her radio career at Xfm before spending 14 years at Radio 1. In 2010, she worked on the Grammy award-nominated soundtrack to Black Swan. She currently hosts the BBC 6 Music weekend breakfast shows, as well as her own 6 Music Recommends programme. In January, she launches her new weekday mid-morning show on 6 Music and BBC Sounds.
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