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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Boards Mermaid Thriller ‘Rolling in the Deep’

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‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Boards Mermaid Thriller ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert is attached to helm an adaptation of Mira Grant’s mermaid thriller “Rolling in the Deep” for Branded Pictures Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sean Hood, whose credits include Conan the Barbarian and Halloween: Resurrection, will adapt the novel, published in 2015. The story revolves around an idealistic young filmmaker who sets out to the Mariana Trench with a small crew to film a faux documentary about mermaids. But the hoax soon turns real as sailors begin to disappear and the filmmaker realizes that they are under siege by actual mermaids. A fight to survive at any cost ensues.

“‘Rolling in the Deep’ is a film led by complicated badass female characters,” Lambert said. “I’ve been waiting to make a film like this my entire career. Our mermaids are not cliché sugary cartoon princesses; they will take you down if you stand in their way.
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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal

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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal
Exclusive: Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse) lead cast in climate-change sci-fi-thriller 2067, which is now underway in Australia.

Also starring are Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Aaron Glenane (Killing Ground), Damian Walshe-Howling (Mystery Road), Leeanna Walsman (Safe Harbour), Finn Little (Storm Boy) and Oz newcomers Sana’a Shaik and Matt Testro.

Seth Larney (Tombiruo) is writing and directing the feature which will see humans looking to the future for answers after the planet’s forests, wildlife and plants are ravaged by climate change. Producing are Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) through her Arcadia production banner, and Kate Croser of Kojo Entertainment.

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, is handling international sales, excluding Australia and New Zealand where Umbrella Entertainment has distribution rights. Shout! Studios has acquired all North American rights. The film started principal photography at Adelaide Studios, South Australia on November 3.

Australian Government funding and investment
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The Title For 'Bad Boys 3' Has Been Reveled and it Has a Silly Twist

The Title For 'Bad Boys 3' Has Been Reveled and it Has a Silly Twist
A couple weeks ago Martin Lawrence and Will Smith confirmed that Bad Boys 3 was officially a go. The movie is going into production with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who previously worked on FX’s show "Snowfall," directing.

Now today we have the official title for the film to share with you thanks to Production Weekly. It was previously reported that the film would be called Bad Boys For Life, and it is, but the official title comes with a silly twist.

The title of the film will be Bad Boys for Lif3. You see what they did there? The whole Why just not call it Bad Boys For Life? The 3 at the end adds nothing to it except for unneeded ridiculousness.

Regardless of the title, I’m still looking forward to seeing Lawrence and Smith back together for another action-packed adventure. Michael Bay will be missed in this franchise,
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film Fantasy Island.

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Dp Benoit Delhomme on Working With Julian Schnabel

‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Dp Benoit Delhomme on Working With Julian Schnabel
People who follow movies know that “At Eternity’s Gate,” which opened the Camerimage film festival and traces the tragic final two years in the life of Vincent van Gogh, is a film about a painter directed by another painter: Julian Schnabel, a successful New York artist who has also now helmed five features. Less well known is the fact that Schnabel’s cinematographer on his latest picture is also a painter: Benoit Delhomme, a French Dp probably best known for “The Theory of Everything,” who paints whenever he’s not shooting.

How did you and Julian originally connect?

A few years ago I was shooting “Salomé,” an experimental film that Al Pacino was directing. Julian was a friend of Pacino and came to the set. I loved Julian as a painter and I loved his film “Basquiat,” which was about a painter. At the end of the day he said to me,
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'Performance? I still don't fully understand it' – behind the scenes photos from the cult classic

Fifty years since the making of Mick Jagger’s identity-bending film, producer Sandy Lieberson and author Jay Glennie share exclusive pictures and stories

When Mick Jagger’s first feature film, Performance, was unveiled in 1970, the reviews were less than kind. “You do not have to be a drug addict, pederast, sadomasochist or nitwit to enjoy Performance,” opined the New York Times, “but being one or more of those things would help.”

Yet in the 50 years since it was finished, it has become the definition of a cult classic. Two films in one, it begins as a British gangster movie with hallmarks that would go on to define the genre. Halfway through, Jagger turns up as the washed-up rockstar Turner living in a menage a trois with Anita Pallenberg (Pherber) and Michèle Breton (Lucy). The film transforms itself into a hallucinatory end-of-the-60s trip that, with its exploration of identity and sexual fluidity,
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The highbrow film critic who was also a fanboy: the genius of Vf Perkins

He eschewed star ratings and saw things others didn’t. Stephen Merchant, Paul Ws Anderson and J Blakeson recall being taught by the great film theorist

In 2006, an elaborate work of graffiti appeared on a wall at the University of Warwick. It depicted the stencilled face of the department’s founder, the film theorist Vf (Victor Francis) Perkins, beaming from within three frames of celluloid. Scrawled next to it was a line of punky text: “Vf Perkins, head & shoulders above the rest”.

Respect for him was not restricted to the Warwick campus. His criticism was admired by film-makers – when François Truffaut empties out a bag of film books in Day for Night, Perkins’s work is among them – and with good reason: he had been among the first to argue for cinema as an art form when the Observer’s CA Lejeune was maintaining that films “can only reproduce. And
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UK box office preview: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' to cast spell on audiences

UK box office preview: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' to cast spell on audiences
Suspiria’, ’3 Days In Quiberon’ among other openers.

Warner Bros’ fantasy sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is the stand-out opener at the UK box office this weekend.

With a cast including Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Johnny Depp, the story sees current Defence Against The Dark Arts professor Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlist the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne) in combatting the growing threat of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp).

A spin-off of the hugely successful Harry Potter film series, the first title, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, opened to £15.3m in the UK
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The Price of Everything review – elusive portrait of art-world prestige

Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary asks why some artists’ airy work is priced so highly while other marvels go unsung

Nathaniel Kahn created a stir in the documentary world in 2003 with My Architect, a very personal film about his father, Louis Kahn, an influential but deeply troubled architect from whom Kahn the younger was estranged when Louis died, broke and nearly forgotten. A work that foregrounded the film-maker’s relationship to the subject when such memoir-like strategies weren’t yet common in film practice, My Architect was both a formally fascinating work as well as being one about a compelling, neglected figure from architectural history.

Kahn’s latest doc, The Price of Everything, is a more conventional, drier work that examines how the work of some artists draws huge multimillion-dollar bids at auction houses while the work of others, for no easily graspable reason, goes barely noticed. Jeff Koons, for example,
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Green Book: the true story behind the Oscar-buzzed road trip drama

In the crowd-pleasing new movie, an interracial friendship is born while navigating the deep south at a time of racial division, highlighting discrimination that still exists in much of the Us

In 19 out of 24 states for which data was available in 2015, African American motorists were more likely to be stopped by police than white drivers – three times more likely in some places. When they were pulled over, black travelers were more likely to suffer abuse in the form of taunts, harassment by dogs, gratuitous searches and more, the Aclu has documented.

Just last year, the NAACP issued a travel advisory for the entire state of Missouri, calling on African American visitors to the state and residents to “pay special attention and exercise extreme caution” owing to racist incidents. The group issued a separate advisory for American Airlines, later lifted.
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Back from the red – return of the Russian baddie

With the son of Drago showing up in Creed II – and a real live Dr Evil in the Kremlin – the beasts from the east are having a menacing resurgence

‘I must break you.” Four words of chilling Slavic intent were enough to cement the reputation of one of the iconic Russian villains: Ivan Drago, man-mountain adversary in Rocky IV. Whatever lip service Sylvester Stallone paid in the film to Us-Russian detente was instantly undone by giving Dolph Lundgren’s Drago, one of the most hilariously 2D characterisations ever: Euclidean of flat-top, body seemingly carved from Urals granite and only occasionally polysyllabic (usually when threatening his opponent), he gives poor Apollo Creed the boxing equivalent of a month’s bombardment at Stalingrad: “If he dies, he dies.”

Drago followed in the line of big-screen Russian evildoers that kicked off in the cold war with From Russia with Love’s Rosa Klebb
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Hell Fest review – tame fairground horror is taking us for a ride

A masked killer stalks teenagers through mazes and ghoulish ghost trains in a cynically produced Halloween outing

Assigned a film in which a masked killer stalks teenagers around pumpkins, the marketers of this thick slice of Scooby-Dooism presumably elected to avoid David Gordon Green’s Halloween redo like the plague. The fact that it now opens a fortnight after its 31 October setting can be taken as indication of what a non-urgent proposition it is.

The Usp of Gregory Plotkin’s slasher – which won’t feel terribly unique to anyone with a passing knowledge of the Tobe Hooper oeuvre, or the various Houses of Wax – is that teenagers are chased through a morbidly dressed fairground. Sometimes, the ghouls leaping on our heroes – to the inevitable rasping soundtrack farts – are actors playing actors playing hellfiends; sometimes, it’s the killer himself. It is not the most complex horror movie you’ll ever see.
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Review: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Shine Despite a Slow Start

Sometimes it’s easier to see and understand current truths through the lens of history, and that’s one of Mary Queen of Scots’ greatest assets. It’s far from a home run with some major snags including pacing and emotional detachment at the beginning of the movie, but the film still manages to resonate as a story about a woman of great power fighting to lead amongst men. Saoirse Ronan stars as Mary Stuart. When Mary does not remarry after the passing of her husband, King Francis II, she leaves France and returns home to Scotland to reclaim the …
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Mary Queen of Scots review – Saoirse Ronan rules over political drama

A note-perfect performance from the three-time Oscar nominee charges a darkly compelling, if factually questionable, 16th-century retelling

There are two differently mounted yet thematically similar films arriving this awards season that focus on female monarchs and how their relationships with other women led to profound change. In Yorgos Lanthimos’s bawdy, brutal comedy The Favourite, the mental state of Queen Anne is weaponised by two women vying for her affections and, in turn, increased power in both her palace and the country. In Josie Rourke’s far more conventional, yet slickly entertaining Mary Queen of Scots, we see how the titular character clashes with Queen Elizabeth for control with the fates of many hanging in the balance. Tonally and visually, the two couldn’t be more different yet they both contain familiar observations about the swift sadism of life at the very top and how so much of the tension
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AFI Fest Film Review: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

AFI Fest Film Review: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’
By any account, death by beheading is a horrible way to go. For Mary Stuart, it was an especially grisly affair, requiring three good whacks of the ax to decapitate a woman who, to her perpetual unhappiness, had as much a claim to England’s throne as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth. Like an entire season of peak television crammed into the space of two hours, “Mary Queen of Scots” spares us not only the butchery but also a great deal of the drama that might explain how the misfortunate monarch came to find her neck on the line.

And yet, the dream casting of peerless Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan in the title role (her first time playing so far back from the 20th century) ought to be reason enough to justify another look at Mary’s torrid early years, when she returned from France following the death of her first
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Review: A Royal Epic with Only One Great Scene

The great pleasure of historical biopics often lies in their visceral power to remind us that history is always personal for those who make it. From the Middle Ages to our first walk on the Moon — from Jesus of Nazareth to Freddie of Kensington — even the most mythic figures were flesh before they were folklore. Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of Scots” is an epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and what they represent.

This isn’t just a movie in which earthly human notions like sacrifice and self-worth shape the course of an empire; it’s a movie about those forces, and how they’ve always determined our fate. Alas, it’s also a movie that martyrs itself for its own ideas. While this flinty and forever relevant medieval drama perfectly embodies the struggles of its heroines,
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Film News Roundup: Coldplay Documentary ‘Head Full of Dreams’ Grosses $3.5 Million in One Day

Film News Roundup: Coldplay Documentary ‘Head Full of Dreams’ Grosses $3.5 Million in One Day
In today’s film news roundup, Coldplay documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” performs well, Jon Heder’s “When Jeff Tried to Save the World” gets distribution and shooting has begun on transgender drama “Gossamer Folds.”

Box Office

Trafalgar Releasing has reported more than $3.5 million in box office revenue in one day for the Coldplay documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” from director Mat Whitecross.

Trafalgar said the film sold more than 300,000 tickets in over 70 countries worldwide and across 2,650 movie theaters on Nov. 14. It was the no. 1 title in the Netherlands, no. 2 in the UK, Australia and Italy and no. 5 in the Us.

The release was in collaboration with Coldplay’s management team at Warner Music, Parlophone and Dave Holmes Management. The film showcases live performances and backstage footage from the global stadium tour A Head Full of Dreams, alongside archive material captured over 20 years.

Coldplay manager Dave Holmes said,
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Superhero Bits: Stan Lee’s Final Superhero, ‘Venom’ Cinematographer Arrested & More

Superhero Bits: Stan Lee’s Final Superhero, ‘Venom’ Cinematographer Arrested & More
What was Stan Lee working on with his daughter not long before he passed away? What caused Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan to lash out at abandoned Batman star Armie Hammer? Why did Sam Raimi forge Stan Lee‘s signature when he was younger? What was Nick Fury doing before Avengers: Infinity War? All that and […]

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‘Grown-ish’ Star Francia Raisa Developing Mendez Desegregation Story

‘Grown-ish’ Star Francia Raisa Developing Mendez Desegregation Story
“Grown-ish” star Francia Raisa and “13 Reasons Why” executive producer Mandy Teefey are teaming on a feature film about the key 1946 Mendez vs. Westminster school desegregation case.

The duo began working on the project this year and quickly became convinced that the story had resonance in today’s society. They were able to persuade the Mendez family to support the project, they said.

“We are so honored that the Mendez Family has entrusted us with the opportunity to tell their story,” Raisa and Teefey said. “Mendez vs Westminster deserves wide recognition for their fight against segregated schools and the equal treatment of Mexican-American students, and we are proud to help showcase this moment that has been bypassed in history.”

The Mendez family said, “Although we have been approached in the past about doing a movie, after several conversations and a meeting with Francia and Mandy, we are confident that they are
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