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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch

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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.

The latest Wizarding World installment from Warner Bros. earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel’s debut would come in behind its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opened to $74 million domestically in 2016.

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogel. Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp also star. David Yates returned to direct from J.K. Rowling’s script.

Reviews have been mixed, with the film sitting at an unfortunate 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. That evidently hasn’t deterred moviegoers, however, and recent research found that the controversy surrounding Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald despite his background of alleged domestic violence won’t put off Harry Potter fans either.
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'Shrek Retold' Trailer: The Fairytale Gets a Remake By Over 200 Animators and Filmmakers

'Shrek Retold' Trailer: The Fairytale Gets a Remake By Over 200 Animators and Filmmakers
Not too long ago, we learned that the DreamWorks Animation hit Shrek would be getting some kind of reboot from Illumination Entertainment. But before that happens, a huge group of filmmakers and animators have collaborated to remake the entire original movie from scratch. Shrek Retold is a reimagining of the original Shrek with over 200 […]
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John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks

John Williams Composed the Score for Disney’s 'Star Wars' Parks
John Williams may be finished with Star Wars after next year’s untitled Episode IX, but he’s not done yet.

The legendary composer, who’s brought his musical stylings to the space-opera franchise for more than 40 years, is providing an original score for the Star Wars–themed land known as Galaxy’s Edge that will open at Disney's theme parks in 2019.
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Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million

Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million
There’s no stopping the Harry Potter brand. The latest prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, pulled in a healthy $25.7 million on Friday, which includes the $9.1 million it made from Thursday night screenings.

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie is on track to pull in $60-63 million domestically, but it could really rack up the score internationally.
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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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‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards

‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards
The atmosphere on stage at the Golden Horse film awards ceremony in Taiwan on Saturday was politically-tinged. But the destination of the top prizes, at the event usually considered as the most prestigious for Chinese-language cinema, was largely predictable.

Powerful period drama, “Shadow” was the numerical winner, taking home four prizes, including best director for Zhang Yimou. “Shadow” had been the clear favorite, going in to the ceremony 12 nominations.

“An Elephant Sitting Still,” was named as best film and the audience award winner. The prize for best adapted screenplay was posthumously awarded to its mainland Chinese writer-director Hu Bo, who committed suicide in October last year, shortly after completing the movie. “Elephant” will now be entitled to a release in Taiwan, bypassing the island’s annual quota on mainland Chinese films.

Three other films won three prizes each: Taiwan’s “Dear Ex” won best actress (Hsieh Yin Xuan), best song
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Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, ‘Bethany Hamilton’ Take Hawaii Festival Prizes

Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, ‘Bethany Hamilton’ Take Hawaii Festival Prizes
Breakout acting star Awkwafina was on hand Saturday in Honolulu to receive the Halekulani Maverick Award from the Hawaii International Film Festival. The actress, writer and rapper this year starred in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Japanese actor, Takumi Saito was also given a maverick award after his feature directing debut “Blank 13.”

Leading Korean actress Moon So-ri received a career achievement award. Moon recently directed the feature-length omnibus “The Running Actress.”

The festival presented its Best Made In Hawaii feature prize to “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” directed by Aaron Lieber. The jurors also awarded a second place award to “Moananuiakea: One Ocean, One Canoe, One People,” directed by Na’alehu Anthony. The Made in Hawaii jury called “Hamilton” “emotional and inspiring.” It said: “this film did what all great docs do – it captured defining moments you can’t believe were captured on film with twists and turns that defied expectations.
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Chloë Grace Moretz Becoming a Director Thanks to ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’

Chloë Grace Moretz Becoming a Director Thanks to ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’
For a 21-year-old, Chloe Grace Moretz has already racked up quite an impressive amount of work — and an ambition to do more. Since making her big screen debut in 2005’s “Amityville Horror” reboot, starring a rather ripped Ryan Reynolds, Moretz has, by her own account, appeared in over 60 movies. But as she told the crowd at Saturday’s Vulture Fest panel, her passion for acting began to “dwindle” prompting her to take a break from the business.

“I took about a year and a half break in the industry to kind of sit back and to reconfigure who I was and what I wanted and where I wanted to go in this next iteration of my career as an adult,” she told the crowd.

That, though, was when at the age of 19 she discovered “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” the Desiree Akhaven film exploring America’s ongoing practice of gay conversion therapy,
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Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay’s Sobering ‘Vice’

Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay’s Sobering ‘Vice’
’Tis the season for latter-year revelations. With Adam McKay’s new film “Vice,” a follow-up to his 2015 Oscar winner “The Big Short,” a major one has landed, though it’s hardly a surprise: Christian Bale might be in line to receive his second Academy Award to date, for his uncanny portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Any glance at the film’s trailer made it clear that the 44-year-old actor, who previously won the supporting actor prize for 2010’s “The Fighter,” had undergone one of his famous transformations for this production, packing on the pounds, shaving back his hair, sporting makeup effects to bridge the gaps between actor and portly politico. It was a true immersion. I talked to him on Variety’s “Playback” podcast the day after he wrapped nearly a year ago, in fact, and he was happy to shake the lingering effects of the performance at the time.
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‘Peterloo’ Dp Dick Pope on the Making of a Massacre

Cinematographer Dick Pope has collaborated with iconic director Mike Leigh for over two decades and set out to apply their unique approach to filming to the story of the 1819 British massacre of demonstrators known to history as Peterloo. A study of workers, factory owners, the clergy and the crown, whose conflicting interests build to a brutal bloodbath on St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, the film represented the greatest technical challenge Pope has faced, he says.

Competing for the Golden Frog at EnergaCamerimage and shot at historic locations, the production was built up from a focus on actors and performances as its foundation, says Pope, an approach he and Leigh have used throughout their collaboration on films including “Naked,” “Vera Drake” and “Mr. Turner.”

You’ve been on juries here at EnergaCamerimage more than once. What do you notice in different choices younger cinematographers are making?

I do find in
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Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’

Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuaron, who won an Oscar for directing 2013’s “Gravity,” is back in the awards conversation again this year with a very different kind of film, “Roma,” a clearly autobiographical tale that follows the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 70s. “Roma” is notable for its uncompromising art-house esthetics, its meticulous restoration of Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood, and its widely praised black-and-white cinematography, which Cuaron created himself as his own Dp. He had originally intended to shoot the film with longtime collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki, known as Chivo, but then the Dp became unavailable.

What’s the story behind you serving as your own Dp for “Roma?”

Chivo started prepping with me. I designed this film for him – the bastard! (laughs) Chivo and I have always had conversations about what are the biggest obstacles to making a good film, and pretty much everything boils down to time.
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Kim Ji-yong Wins at EnergaCamerimage With ‘The Fortress’

Kim Ji-yong Wins at EnergaCamerimage With ‘The Fortress’
South Korean cinematographer Kim Ji-yong won the EnergaCamerimage fest top prize, the Golden Frog, on Saturday for the sweeping imagery of his Renaissance-era war story “The Fortress” by director Hwang Dong-Hyuk. Juror David Gropman, a production designer, praised the film’s “staggering beauty and epic scale.”

Poland’s own rising-star Dp Lukasz Zal won the Silver Frog for the crisp, monochrome look of period love story “Cold War” by Pawel Pawlikowski while Alfonso Cuaron, who wrote, directed and filmed the richly atmospheric black-and-white film “Roma,” named for the Mexico City neighborhood where he grew up, scored the Bronze Frog.

The prizes, handed out at the Opera Nova music hall in Bydgoszcz, Poland, capped a week of top cinematography work in 10 competitions, an experience fest director Marek Zydowicz described as a great success despite “crisis situations” during the week, which included the brief arrest of cinematographer Matthew Libatique on suspicion of assault.
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‘Big Mouth’ Renewed for Season 3 by Netflix — Watch the Announcement Video

You haven’t seen the last of the Hormone Monster. Netflix has announced that “Big Mouth” will return for a third season, breaking the news with a quick video montage promising that “puberty gets even messier” in the next round of episodes — no easy feat, considering that the vulgar-yet-wholesome animated series shows adolescence in all its grotesque glory. The show’s warts-and-all approach has earned it acclaim since its premiere in September the fall of 2017.

Created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett and based on Kroll and Goldberg’s own youth, the show’s voice cast is led by Kroll himself, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jenny Slate, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, and Jordan Peele, among many others. In addition to its graphic portrayals of nearly every aspect of puberty, the show features a literal Hormone Monster who follows Kroll’s character and acts as the devil on his shoulder,
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Stockholm Festival Winners Jasmin Mozaffari, Crystal Moselle Talk About Next Projects (Exclusive)

“Firecrackers” director Jasmin Mozaffari and “Skate Kitchen” helmer Crystal Moselle, who won Stockholm Film Festival’s best film and debut, respectively, sat with Variety after the awards ceremony on Friday to discuss their next projects.

Moselle is an up-and-coming filmmaker who already boasts an impressive track record, having won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize with her 2015 documentary “The Wolfpack,” and this year’s Sundance Audience Prize with her narrative debut “Skate Kitchen,” a vibrant, naturalistic portrait of an all-female, multiracial skater crew in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

After “The Wolfpack” which revolved around six brothers who lived confined in a New York housing project, Moselle continued to work with non-professionals for “Skate Kitchen,” leading them to deliver performances that felt completely authentic. “I’m obsessed with authentic realism and when I work with non-actors I feel that I can make them virgins of themselves,” said Moselle, who is based in New York.
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Paramount strikes Netflix supply deal

Deal enables studio to avoid costly theatrical duds.

Paramount Pictures has become the first Hollywood studio to produce original films for Netflix in a multi-film deal that could signal the road ahead as studios try to manage theatrical expectations and unearth new revenue streams.

Unlike previous licensing arrangements with Netflix, the Viacom-owned studio, which is enjoying a solid year following a period of under-performance, will siphon fresh content in an exclusive pact.

Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos acknowledged in a Viacom fourth quarter earnings call on Friday (16) that the studio had the ability to create more content than theatrical system could accommodate.
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Disney Announces New Nighttime Spectaculars, ‘Ratatouille’ Adventure, Mickey Mouse Experiences & More

Disney Announces New Nighttime Spectaculars, ‘Ratatouille’ Adventure, Mickey Mouse Experiences & More
This morning, Disney Parks unveiled a bunch of new plans from D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse. We already covered the biggest news about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including new music from John Williams and teasers of the upcoming attractions coming to the parks next year, but for all you Disney fans who may not […]

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YouTube Is Now Showing Movies Like ‘Terminator’ for Free — With Ads, Of Course

If ever you wanted to watch a movie on YouTube for free without breaking the law, now is your time. Feature films have been available to purchase and/or rent on the Google-owned site for years, but last month YouTube rolled out a number of free, ad-supported offerings without making an explicit announcement about the new feature. Among the 100 or so titles currently available are “Rocky,” “Legally Blonde,” and “The Terminator.”

As for the ads themselves, they aren’t as obtrusive as you might fear: Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger say “I’ll be back,” for instance, will require you to endure nine commercial breaks across the sci-fi classic’s 107-minute runtime.

“We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies. Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user?” Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube, said to AdAge. “It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers.
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Win Free Tickets to Our ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Screening and Q&A with the Russo Brothers

I’ve got a few questions for you. Did you love Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War? Are you a fan of directors Joe and Anthony Russo? Will you be in the Los Angeles area November 28th? And, finally, would you like to see Avengers: Infinity War at ArcLight Hollywood in the Cinerama Dome with hundreds of others fans and then participate in an extended Q&A with the Russo Brothers? If you answered yes to these questions I’m about to make you very happy. On November 28th at 6:30pm at the ArcLight Hollywood, Collider is partnering up …
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Watch: Carla Gugino Answers Some Major Lingering ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Questions

Be aware there are major spoilers for The Haunting of Hill House. Maybe you're just now catching up with Mike Flanagan's breakout Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, or maybe its mysteries have been rolling around in your brain since it premiered last month, but either way, you probably had a few lingering questions when the credits rolled on the final episode. Now, some of those mysteries were obviously left open to audience interpretation, but it turns out some of them have very specific answers, and series star Carla Gugino has done us all a favor by …
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Camerimage: ‘The Fortress’ Wins the Golden Frog at the Cinematography Festival

Camerimage: ‘The Fortress’ Wins the Golden Frog at the Cinematography Festival
Camerimage, the weeklong celebration of cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland, comes to a close today by handing out its prestigious Frog prizes. The big winner was South Korean drama “The Fortress,” which won the top prize, the Golden Frog, in the Main Competition. The film directed by Dong-Hyuk Hwang and lensed by Ji Yong Kim was a massive hit in its home country in late 2017 and has since been released in 28 countries, including the U.S., reaching 3.8 million viewers worldwide.

The competition jury gave the Silver Frog to cinematographer Łukasz Żal for “Cold War” and the Bronze Frog to director-cinematographer Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma.” With over 900 cinematographers from around the world in attendance, many voting members of the Asc, Camerimage is an important bellwether for the Oscar race for Best Cinematography. The silver and bronze prizes should be a big boost for the two black-and-white films angling for Oscar nominations.

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