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'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office

'Aquaman' Looks to Lead Long, Christmas Weekend at the Box Office
The upcoming weekend offers up a much different release landscape than we have seen in some time with Christmas falling on a Tuesday. The last time that happened was 2012 and before that 2007, and the holiday positioning opens things up for several ways of looking at, and evaluating, the crop of upcoming releases over the next several days. That being said, we'll be looking at a seven-day release for Disney's Mary Poppins Returns and a five-day release for this Friday's debuts for Aquaman, Bumblebee, Second Act and Welcome to Marwen as each looks to take advantage of Christmas Day, which is consistently the largest movie-going day of the year. Expected to easily top the holiday frame is Warner Bros.'s release of Aquaman, the latest addition in the studio's DC Extended Universe and it is already off to an excellent start after a massive launch in China two weeks ago,
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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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Bruce Willis Signs A Three-Film Deal With MoviePass Films, Which Is Still A Thing

First bit of news we have to get out of the way before we talk about Bruce Willis is that MoviePass is still a thing. That’s right, despite all signs pointing to a certain demise, MoviePass is still chugging along, attempting to become profitable before it’s too late. Which leads us to the news of the day – Bruce Willis has signed a three-film deal with MoviePass Films.

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First ‘Aladdin’ Images Introduce the Live-Action Remake’s Colorful World

The first trailer for Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin didn't give us too much to go on aside from some vague establishing shots of deserts and themes of Arabian Nights. Thankfully, Disney has now released some images from their upcoming movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, which does more to introduce us to the characters that populate this magical world. In the 8 new images, via EW, we see stars Mena Massoud as the street-rat-with-a-heart-of-gold Aladdin, Naomi Scott as the beautiful and determined Princess Jasmine, and of course Will Smith in the …
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The Most Iconic Movie Moments of 2018

What makes a movie great? Good performances? A solid script? Unique direction? It’s almost always some combination of the various ingredients that go into making a film, and then of course the strange alchemy of how it all comes together. But most memorable moviegoing experiences are marked by moments you can’t get out of your head. The shark coming out of the water in Jaws. The “I am your father” reveal in Empire Strikes Back. And Tom Cruise risking his life for your entertainment in every Mission: Impossible movie. So as we look back on 2018, we wanted …
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James Wan Reveals the Bloody ‘Aquaman’ Shark Riot Too ‘Weird’ to Leave in the Film

James Wan Reveals the Bloody ‘Aquaman’ Shark Riot Too ‘Weird’ to Leave in the Film
Aquaman” may feature a boy who can communicate with fish and a mid-movie adventure in the Sahara Desert, but as it turns out, even a movie as bonkers as this has standards. Director James Wan recently revealed to Collider (via The Playlist) that he was directly involved with removing a scene from the “Aquaman” script after he realized it would just be too “out there” to include in the wacky Warner Bros. tentpole.

“[Co-writer Will Beall] had this sequence where Aquaman has been apprehended by King Orm and he’s been thrown into this dungeon,” Wan said. “Like this really awful prison deep in Atlantis. He ends up starting a prison riot, where all the guards are sharks. They were shark-guards, like all shark heads, and he kills one of the shark guards and the shark starts bleeding and then that starts a feeding frenzy among all the other shark guards.
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New ‘Hellboy’ Image Assembles the Bprd Team Before the First Trailer on Thursday

New ‘Hellboy’ Image Assembles the Bprd Team Before the First Trailer on Thursday
This week will bring us the first trailer for the reboot of Hellboy with Stranger Things star David Harbour under all the make-up as Big Red. But before that, a new image from the film has surfaced that finally shows Hellboy alongside his teammates Major Ben Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim of Lost) and civilian Alice […]

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New ‘Hellboy’ Image Arrives along with More Details about the Story

Lionsgate has released a new image from Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot of Hellboy. While the R-rated adaptation promises to be different from Guillermo del Toro’s take, it looks like both directors have the character wrestling with his place in the world, especially since his big fist, the Right Hand of Doom, is meant to bring about the end of the world as star David Harbour tells EW: “It’s not an origin story, but it’s his coming to terms with where he came from,” says Harbour. “He’s been Hellboy for a long time, but there’…
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Saoirse Ronan Is Excited To Change Your Perception Of ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ [Interview]

Saoirse Ronan knows you think that Mary Stuart, the ruler of Scotland from 1542 to 1567, was a shrill, manic and potentially disturbed Queen. At least, that’s what most people think based on her depictions in popular media over the past few decades. The three-time Oscar nominee hopes to change that with her performance as the Celtic monarch in Josie Rourke’s “Mary Queen of Scots,” which expands nationwide this weekend.

Read More: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ – Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are both royality in this gleefully feminist drama [Review]

The Focus Features release finds the 24-year-old Irish native plays Queen Mary during the early part of her reign when she’s just returned to Scotland after the death of her first husband, King Francis II of France.

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‘Aladdin’ First Look: Will Smith As The Genie With “Hip-Hop Flavor” (Soon To Look Blue)

Disney has struck gold with its live-action remake films. “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” and “The Jungle Book” have all been huge hits for the studio, proving that fans of the classic animated tales will clearly fork out money to see slightly different versions of the films with real actors. And next year, the studio has not one, not two, but three live-action remakes of classic films to satisfy fans, with “Dumbo,” “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin.” Thanks to EW, we finally have our first look at the latter, which surely looks…different.

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The Best TV Episodes of 2018

For more of our Best of 2018 coverage, go here. Year-end lists are all about celebration, and even though the deluge of television is pretty overwhelming, it's actually been a joy to look back at some of the funniest, most heartbreaking, and all-around memorable moments of the TV year. There will be a lot of crossover with the best TV shows of the year, of course (as well as the best performances), but when it comes to specific episodes, there are some series from those lists that are excellent, and yet their episodes are so tightly intertwined …
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‘Aladdin’ Images Show Us a Whole New World of Will Smith Topknots and Vests

‘Aladdin’ Images Show Us a Whole New World of Will Smith Topknots and Vests
A fresh batch of new Aladdin images have come out of the Cave of Wonders, giving us our first look at Will Smith‘s Genie and Naomi Scott‘s Princess Jasmine. We also get a closer look at the titular street rat himself, played by Mena Massoud, who is rocking a whole lot more vests than the partially shirtless animated […]

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Netflix’s ‘Girl’ Slammed by Trans Critics, but the Film’s Subject Says They’re Wrong

Netflix’s ‘Girl’ Slammed by Trans Critics, but the Film’s Subject Says They’re Wrong
When does a member of a marginalized group get to deviate from the collectively approved narrative and become just another individual? That’s the question at the heart of the recent controversy over the Belgian film “Girl,” which follows a teenage ballerina’s fraught gender transition, and her subsequent self-reckoning through self-harm.

It is that self-harm — quite graphic, arguably excessive — and the casting of a cisgender dancer in the role, that led trans critic Oliver Whitney to dub the film “a danger to the transgender community” in a recent essay. Whitney’s perspective is urgent and necessary; it was one largely left out from the critical conversation that accompanied the film’s celebrated Cannes Film Festival debut. But for Nora Monsecour, whose real-life story provided the basis of “Girl,” Whitney’s opinion was painful to hear.

“I was really offended, because people made out that Lukas [Dhont] made a film out of his cis perspective,
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‘The Image Book’ Trailer: Jean-Luc Godard’s Apocalyptic Cinematic Essay

‘The Image Book’ Trailer: Jean-Luc Godard’s Apocalyptic Cinematic Essay
It’s not every day that cinephiles get treated to a new work by the inimitable Jean-Luc Godard. For his latest feat, the French master has crafted a lyrical cinematic essay on the nature of all things. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Godard.

Winner of the first Special Palme d’Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, “The Image Book,” or “Le Livre d’image,” is a provocative kaleidoscope of film and world history that concludes in an apocalyptic climax. So grand is this finale that IndieWire chief critic Eric Kohn called it “one of the most authentic endings in the filmmaker’s nearly 60-year career.”

Placing “The Image Book” in the context of Godard’s more recent work, including 2014’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language” and the multi-part film history essay “Histoire(s) du cinéma,” Kohn continues: “The new project speeds through classic film clips,
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Why ‘Rams’ Director Gary Hustwit Doesn’t Want Studios to Buy His Films

Most filmmakers dream of scoring a big studio deal, but not Gary Hustwit. The “Helvetica” director applies a “do it yourself” model to the release of his movies. “Rams,” his recent documentary about German industrial designer Dieter Rams, is Hustwit’s latest venture into self-distribution.

“I don’t want to be paying someone else’s overhead,” said Hustwit. “I can reach our core audience better than anyone else can, and I don’t have to share the profits. A lot of filmmakers have this illusion that if you sign with a distributor they’ll do all the work, and that’s just not the case.”

Instead, Hustwit serves as his own marketer and booker. He rents the theaters that play his films, and the filmmaker often shows up in person to do a Q&A following a showing.

In the case of “Rams,” Hustwit hosted some 40 events. Most of the engagements were sellouts.
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‘Aladdin’ Debuts Will Smith’s ‘Hip-Hop Flavored’ Genie, Who Is ‘Part Fresh Prince, Part Hitch’

When Disney debuted the first trailer for its upcoming live-action “Aladdin” remake, one thing that was missing was a physical look at Will Smith as the iconic Genie, famously voiced in the animated film by Robin Williams. Disney has finally pulled back the curtain on Smith’s transformation by debuting first look photos of him in character on Entertainment Weekly.

“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying,” Smith told EW about taking on the role. “The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character… I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.
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Ventana Sur: Pci Showcases the Diversity of Argentine Cinema

Ventana Sur: Pci Showcases the Diversity of Argentine Cinema
Buenos Aires — Mario Vargas Llosa, the great Peruvian novelist, once wrote that reality in Latin America is too compelling to ever be ignored in its fiction. Yet, as WWII raged, Jorge Luis Borges, perhaps the greatest of Argentine writers, pointedly published “Ficciones,” fantasy tales, often philosophical speculation given narrative form.

If this year’s Pci Film Directors Assn, showcase at Ventana Sur is anything to go by, some young Argentine filmmakers are having it both ways, creating films which straddle the fiction-reality divide, or enroll fabrication and myth to large effect. Their films, sneak peaked in brief extracts or teaser trailers at the Pci’s annual Work in Progress showcase during Ventana Sur, and underscored the diversity of Argentine filmmaking, a cause championed by Pci and its around 100 directors, and an indication of the depth of talent of Argentine filmmaking.

“7h 35” is a case in point. The feature debut of Javier Van de Couter,
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MoviePass Still Exists, Signs Three Picture Deal With Bruce Willis

Hey, did you know MoviePass was still around? It’s true! Not only that, but so is MoviePass Films, the folks that brought us Gotti. And now, the company is jumping from John Travolta to Bruce Willis. Willis has just signed a three picture deal with MoviePass Films, which will kick-off with something called Trauma Center. More on […]

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Young French Cinema Program to Showcase 12 New Films in the U.S.

Clément Cogitore’s “Braguino,” Meryem Benm’Barek’s (pictured) “Sofia” and Marie Losier’s “Cassandro the Exotico!” are among the 12 recent French movies which will play as part of the Young French Cinema Program organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and UniFrance.

“Braguino” is a documentary feature about two feuding families living isolated in the middle of the Siberian taiga. Cogitore’s last feature film “Neither Heaven Nor Earth” opened at Cannes’s Critics Week in 2015.

Set in Casablanca, “Sofia” follows a young woman who has 24 hours to provide the identification papers of her child’s father before the authorities are alerted that she broke the law by having a child out of wedlock. The film world premiered at Cannes’s Un Certain Regard and won best screenplay.

“Cassandro the Exotico!” follows the leader of a group of gender-bending, cross-dressing wrestlers known
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Votd: Jimmy Fallon Wishes It Was Christmas Today Again with an ‘SNL’ Holiday Reunion

Votd: Jimmy Fallon Wishes It Was Christmas Today Again with an ‘SNL’ Holiday Reunion
If you’re a loyal viewer of Saturday Night Live like yours truly, then you already know the charming original holiday tune “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” which Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan performed for the first time back in December 2000. The song became a favorite among SNL fans, so […]

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