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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Scores $3.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Scores $3.5 Million at Thursday Box Office
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony’s animated superhero film, kicked off the holiday season release slate by webslinging its way to $3.5 million in Thursday box office previews. The film previewed on 3,321 locations ahead of opening on approximately 3,800 screens this weekend.

Sony is projecting a $30 million opening weekend for “Into the Spider-Verse” behind a $90 million budget, with independent trackers saying it could climb as high as $35 million.

“Into the Spider-Verse” opens opposite “The Mule,” the Clint Eastwood-starring and directed crime vehicle from Warner Bros., and “Mortal Engines,” a post-apocalyptic epic from producer Peter Jackson at Universal.
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'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'

'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'
After last weekend saw no new wide releases hit theaters, resulting in the worst weekend of the year so far, this weekend offers up three new wide debuts led by Sony Animation and Marvel's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse alongside Clint Eastwood's The Mule and Universal's young adult adaptation Mortal Engines. Additionally, Fox is re-releasing Deadpool 2 in a PG-13-rated version with all-new footage while Annapurna will look for If Beale Street Could Talk to top the charts based on per theater average as it begins its run this weekend. Looking to top the weekend is Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a brand new take on Marvel's webslinger, a character that has already generated over $1.9 billion domestically and over $4.8 billion worldwide for Sony from six previous films. This, of course, is the first time he's been featured in an animated theatrical release and that makes forecasting a bit more difficult.
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IMAX Vr is Dead Less Than Two Years After Being Launched

R.I.P., IMAX Vr – we hardly knew ye. A mere two years after IMAX announced they would be introducing Vr, the company has decided to kill off IMAX Vr. IMAX has already shuttered four of the seven IMAX Vr centers they initially opened, and the remaining three will turn off the lights in 2019. Anyone […]

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Watch: Alfonso Cuarón’s Quartet for the End of Time (1983)

Now that Roma is available for all on Netflix, it’s as good a time as any to revisit the earliest work of Alfonso Cuarón. Made in 1983, when he was a 22 year-old film student in Mexico City, Quartet for the End of Time bares a strong semblance to the to the classics of the French New Wave. Named after the featured chamber music by Olivier Messiaen, the film explores the solitary life of a young man in and around his apartment. It was Cuarón’s last credited short before his 1991 feature length debut, Solo Con Tu Pareja.
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'Aquaman' crosses $150m at international box office

China becomes best DC Universe release on $135m after one week.

After last weekend’s fireworks in China, DC Entertainment’s Aquaman dived into a further 35 markets on Friday as the international running total surged to $152m.

The tentpole has grossed $135m via Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi) after one week in China and already ranks as the biggest film in the DC Universe and has overtaken the lifetime totals of Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the two Ant-Man films.

Opening records have tumbled in the UK, where the tentpole stands at $1.8m including previews and scored the biggest opening
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‘Mapplethorpe’ Trailer: Matt Smith Brings The Controversial Photographer’s Life To The Big Screen

Filmmaker Ondi Timoner is no stranger to making films about rock stars and celebrities. Having directed films about Russell Brand, The Dandy Warhols, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the director is an expert on the private lives of those that seem larger than life. That makes her seemingly the perfect choice to co-write and direct “Mapplethorpe.”

As seen in the first trailer, “Mapplethorpe” chronicles the life and career of celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan to Star in Fossil Hunter Movie ‘Ammonite’

Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan to Star in Fossil Hunter Movie ‘Ammonite’
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are starring in the independent historical drama “Ammonite,” a story inspired by the life of fossil hunter Mary Anning.

The story is set in 1840s England, when Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. Anning is credited with making key scientific discoveries in the Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel.

Francis Lee is set to direct. Lee’s critically acclaimed freshman feature, gay Yorkshire romance “God’s Own Country,” premiered at Sundance in 2017 as the only British film in competition and won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Directing, as well as the prize for best film at the British Independent Film Awards.

“Ammonite” is a See-Saw Films production by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, whose credits include “Widows,” “Lion” and “The King’s Speech,
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Apple Gets Rights to New ‘Peanuts’ Shows, Will Make Specials with Snoopy in Space

Just in time for Christmas, Apple has its newest piece of nostalgia tidings. According to reports, the tech giant has snagged the rights to make original series based on the ‘Peanuts’ family of characters, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

After decades of one-off specials and feature films bringing together all the animated characters from Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip, Apple will partner with Dhx Media to create new series and shorts for their yet-to-be-unveiled platform.

One prong of the upcoming plan is a youth-intended series that features Snoopy exploring outer space. The shorts will head straight to Apple, coinciding with a previous partnership between Nasa and the Peanuts Worldwide company.

Read More: ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ vs. ‘Rudolph’: Here’s Who Won This Year’s Battle of the Classic Christmas Specials

The original strip is coming up on its 70th anniversary in 2020, just in time for these new specials
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Directors Explain Creating the Film’s Unique Look [Interview]

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Directors Explain Creating the Film’s Unique Look [Interview]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is, in my estimation, the best Spidey story put on film so far. It’s full of jaw-dropping action, it introduces audiences to a new version of Spider-Man while paying tribute to the ones that have come before, and opens up a whole universe of terrific supporting characters. It’s emotional, hilarious, and […]

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Brown Girls Doc Mafia Announces Co-Directors, Advisory Board and $105,000 Grant From John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Brown Girls Doc Mafia, an organization advocating for women and non-binary people of color in the documentary industry, announced today the appointment of its board of directors as well as a two-year, $105,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The board, comprised of filmmaker Ursula Liang, Denae Peters of Film Sprout, and Nicole Tsien of Pov American Documentary, will work in conjunction with the organization’s Co-Directors, Iyabo Boyd and Tracy Nguyen-Chung. Brown Girls Doc Mafia was founded by Boyd in 2015 and has a global membership of over 2,400. From the press release: “Brown Girls Doc […]
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s “A Midwinter’s Tale” Is Cozy but Stuck in Limbo

TV Christmas Specials have been in vogue in the UK for many years, bringing cozy yuletide stories that often serve as the true finales for a given television season. They are, in fact, “special” — they often run longer than a typical episode, put the characters into unique situations, and/or conclude with something big and probably heartwarming (a reunion! a proposal! a baby!). Lately, the U.S. has gotten in on the act via Netflix in particular, which produced a number of holiday episodes. And while Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Christmas Special (or Solstice Special, I suppose we should …
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‘The Good Intentions,’ ‘Two Little Birds,’ ‘Immaculate’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

Buenos Aires — “The Good Intentions,” the first feature of Argentina’s Argentina’s Ana García Blaya won two industry prizes, including the top European Vision Prize, at the 2018 10th Ventana Sur, which wraps Dec. 14 in Buenos Aires. It shared a third.

The award sweep, made for a title in pix-in-pose section Primer Corte, was always on the cards. The father-daughter drama – in which a young girl, shunted between her divorced parents, has to choose between gong to live abroad with her mother or staying with her feckless father – played to applause and even, reportedly, some tears at an industry screening Thursday.

“It a portrait of a 2.0 family,” said Bruno Deloye, at France’s Cine + Club, which adjudicated the prize with Le Film Français’ Francois-Pier Pelinard-Lambert and Louise Ronzet from Udi, the latter two representing TitraFilms and Gomedia.

Deloye added: “The relationship between two parents and the three children is crazy,
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The 20 Best Horror Films Of 2018

Horror films were more than just merely alive in 2018; they were thriving. Given that every day is a nightmarish horror show that none of us can escape from regardless of how long and loud we scream for help, it may come as a surprise that the genre is flourishing. Then again, if you take even one side-eyed glance at the history of horror, you’ll find that it has been historically one of the most reliable film genres in times of crises.

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TV’s Christmas Rush: Inside the Mad Scramble to Produce Holiday Programming

TV’s Christmas Rush: Inside the Mad Scramble to Produce Holiday Programming
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV, and everybody wants in on the game. While classic holiday specials like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” get dusted off annually, networks and streaming services are pumping out fresh content in hopes of capitalizing on the yuletide spirit and creating new viewing traditions.

The most iconic brand for holiday TV is Hallmark Channel, which has become synonymous with their original Christmas rom-coms. Work on this season’s whopping 38 movies – 22 airing on Hallmark Channel and 16 on its sister Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – began as early as last year.

“Early to mid-2017 we were starting to sift through all of the scripts that come in, of which we receive hundreds, and select those that we want to develop further,” said Crown Media’s executive vice president of programming Michelle Vicary. “We start to produce them in late
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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’s’ Starry Opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More

The Shubert Theatre in New York City last was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans, and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The starry guest list included Oprah Winfrey, Barry Diller, “Les Misérables” co-stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Magic Johnson, Ej Johnson, Spike Lee, Fran Lebowitz, Hasan Minhaj, Samuel L. Jackson, Zosia Mamet, Andrew Rannells, Jon Hamm, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lesley Stahl, Iman, Bernadette Peters, George C. Wolfe, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, Alex Witt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joe Morton, and Andrea Martin.

The stakes are high for the Broadway production, with a script by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, after facing opposition from the estate of “Mockingbird” novelist Harper Lee.

Molly Bloom, the real-life inspiration of the Sorkin-directed feature film “Molly’s Game,” was also spotted in the crowd.

“I don’t
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Paramount Theme Park Coming to South Korea, Will Feature ‘Mission: Impossible’ Rides

Universal Studios, Disneyland, Walt Disney World and now…Paramount Pictures Park? It’s happening – in South Korea, at least. Paramount has just signed a deal to create a “studio-branded theme park” in a resort being developed in South Korea. Specifics of just what the Paramount theme park will contain are sketchy at best, but the studio […]

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Palm Springs Cuisine Scene: Latest Places to Dine in the Desert

Desert playgrounds of the Coachella Velley beckon attendees of the upcoming Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, getting under way Jan. 3. Veteran festgoers will notice some changes around town: the Hard Rock Hotel is again the Hotel Zoso, the Camelot Theaters now function under the auspices of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and there are 10, 8-foot-tall mega-sized, Instagram-ready babies (a politically tinged art work by Czech artist David Cerny) crawling in a construction pit close to the Palm Springs Art Museum. At select festival venues and events, knock back locally made beer from Rancho Mirage’s Babe’s Bar-b-Que & Brewery, owned by Donald “Lucky” Callender, grandson of the famed restaurateur. Here’s where to drink up, dine out and stay during the 30th Psiff, or Modernism Week and the second outing of the site-specific art exhibition Desert X in February.

Breakfast

Next level comfort food

Wilma & Frieda, Palm Springs

Churro waffles,
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Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan board Francis Lee's 'Ammonite' for See-Saw

Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan board Francis Lee's 'Ammonite' for See-Saw
UK filmmaker’s follow-up to God’s Own Country is set for March 2019 shoot.

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are attached to star in Francis Lee’s Ammonite, the true-life story of 19th-century female fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Lee will write and direct the feature, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2017 debut God’s Own Country. The story will be set in 1840s England, and will follow the intense relationship that develops between a famous fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea, altering both of their lives forever.

The See-Saw Films production is being produced by
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How Can the Camera Show Love? Cinematographer James Laxton on Shooting If Beale Street Could Talk

Cinematographer James Laxton’s latest project, If Beale Street Could Talk, marks a further step in his collaboration with director Barry Jenkins. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, it follows a troubled romance between Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) in the New York City of the early 1970s. If Beale Street Could Talk screened at the closing night celebration at the recent Cameraimage Festival, where Laxton had a packed schedule. He participated in a two-part panel,”The Language of Cinema Is Image,” conducted a four-hour Arri Master Class on large-format digital capture, presented a Creative Light Experts roundtable, and […]
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Kevin Reilly Just Got The Assignment of His Career: Launch WarnerMedia’s Streaming Service In Less Than a Year

Kevin Reilly Just Got The Assignment of His Career: Launch WarnerMedia’s Streaming Service In Less Than a Year
Kevin Reilly has his 2019 cut out for him. The TBS/TNT president and Turner Chief Creative Officer was just given oversight of WarnerMedia’s nascent streaming media service. It may be the most daunting task of his career — and that’s saying something, given that this is a man who had to work under Jeff Zucker at NBC.

Reilly will continue to oversee TBS and TNT, but the launch of the direct-to-consumer streaming service (which doesn’t yet have an official name) is clearly priority one for At&T and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, who announced Reilly’s appointment on Friday. But refocusing Reilly also brings up a lingering question about the long-term fate of the Turner networks: While Stankey has been vocal in ramping up production of premium content for HBO, as well as the new streaming service, he hasn’t shared much of his vision for Turner’s entertainment
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