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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Lego Movie 2’ to Lead President’s Day Weekend

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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Lego Movie 2’ to Lead President’s Day Weekend
Alita: Battle Angel” is holding a slim lead ahead of “Lego Movie 2’s” second frame with an estimated four-day take of $29.1 million from 3,790 North American locations.

“Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” meanwhile, is heading for about $25 million for a domestic tally of around $66 million. The two films lead the pack for a relatively sluggish President’s Day weekend, with the top 12 films totaling significantly below last year’s revenues, which were given a massive boost from the $242 million (four-day) premiere of “Black Panther.”

Robert Rodriguez’s cyberpunk action film starring Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar scored $7.53 million on Friday. James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis adapted the script from Yukito Kishiro’s manga series “Gunnm,” and the Fox sci-fier holds a 59% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Alita” marks a risk for the studio, with a costly $170 million production budget.

Warner Bros.’ “Lego Movie 2,” starring Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks, has taken
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'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77

'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, one of Europe's most acclaimed film and theater actors who was best known for his towering performance as Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated Downfall — a performance that earned him accolades and launched a million memes — has died. He was 77.

Ganz's management confirmed that the Swiss actor died Friday evening at his home in Zurich following a long illness.

Ganz was an iconic figure in the German-speaking world and beyond, his gravely, Swiss-accented voice as instantly recognizable as his mercurial style, which could shift from reserved and withdrawn to volcanic in an instant.

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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’

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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’
Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions.

“We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” said American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Osstrom, who spearheaded the opposition.

“The honor offered by the Academy Awards is vital to validating the claim that everyone contributing to the making of a motion picture is an artist,” he added.

Van Oostrum and three other ASC members — Hoyte van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki — met Thursday night with Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy president John Bailey to press their case. The controversy had exploded when AMPAS announced Monday that the portions of the awards for four categories — cinematography, film editing,
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date

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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date
Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax.

Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Dune” centers on the battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis. Chalamet is playing the leader Paul Atreides, who is forced to escape into the wastelands, where he eventually becomes the ruler of the nomadic tribes.

Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve is helming and co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. The movie will be produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

Dune” is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. The
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Bette Midler Will Perform ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Nominated Song On Oscars

The Academy revealed today that two-time Oscar-nominee Bette Midler will perform on the 91st Academy Awards. The Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner will step in for Emily Blunt to sing the nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.” Midler revealed the news on twitter this afternoon after it was leaked to Variety.

So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24…the nominated song from "Mary Poppins"…"The Place Where Lost Things Go" …so excited!!

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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars (Exclusive)

Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars (Exclusive)
Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned.

Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five nominees for best original song.

The Academy teased this on Jan. 31 by tweeting, “Spoiler Alert: It will be performed by a surprise special guest.”

This was in the aftermath of a Variety report about the original plan, which was to perform only two of the five nominated songs (“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” and “All the Stars” from “Black Panther”). The backlash resulted in the Academy’s decision to perform all five nominated songs, including the one from “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Shaiman is expected to accompany Midler on piano.

“As a child of the ’60s,
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Sam Neill on ‘The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook’ & Having No Desire to Retire

The series The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook, airing on Ovation, follows actor Sam Neill on a journey that takes him to islands and lands that Captain James Cook explored 250 years ago, meeting descendants he came across on his voyages and looking into the triumphs and disasters that Cook left in his wake. On this incredible adventure, the actor traveled to such locations as Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska, experiencing the people and their cultures, along the way. While at the Ovation portion of the TCA Press Tour, Collider got the opportunity to sit down …
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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie and James Bond 25 Hire New Writers

Marvel’s forthcoming Black Widow movie and MGM’s 25th installment in the long-running James Bond franchise are both moving towards production this year. While Marvel’s spy thriller starring Scarlett Johansson likely won’t be in front of cameras until this summer, the next 007 mission with Daniel Craig is looking to start shooting in April. But before […]

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Bruno Ganz: He Played Hitler and a Hovering Angel, But Was Most Memorable When Caught Between Good and Evil

Bruno Ganz: He Played Hitler and a Hovering Angel, But Was Most Memorable When Caught Between Good and Evil
A lot of people probably don’t know it, but when the superb Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who died Friday at 77, took on the role that brought him his greatest jolt of fame, playing Adolf Hitler in “Downfall,” it was one of the most paradoxical casting choices in modern movies. Ganz, portraying Hitler in the final days of World War II, when the Führer was trapped in his bunker, did an impersonation of Hitler at his most full-throttle fulminating. The performance was raging, antic, operatic, possessed; it was true homicidal acting. (That’s one reason why “Downfall” became the movie that launched a thousand Hitler Internet memes.)

Yet up until then, that kind of smash-mouth volatility had almost nothing to do with the persona of Bruno Ganz. He was sly, pensive, puckish yet woeful, inwardly commanding, almost always intensely becalmed, an actor with a light in his eye that could
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‘Bond 25’ Script Will Reportedly Be Overhauled by ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ Writer Scott Z. Burns

Once again, production on Bond 25 has been both shaken and stirred, which a gentleman will tell you is not the correct way to mix a satisfying cocktail. Just a day after word broke that MGM moved the next installment in the super-spy franchise from a Valentine's Day release date to April 8, 2020, The Playlist reports script-wizard Scott Z. Burns is coming aboard to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Time is certainly a-tickin' for Bond 25 to make its scheduled April 2019 production start date. But this isn't exactly …
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Oscars reverses plan for ad-break presentations after industry outcry

Decision to relegate four awards, including best cinematography and best editing overturned following protests by Martin Scorsese, Brad Pitt and others

Bowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year’s Oscar broadcast.

Related: Who should win? Critic Peter Bradshaw's Oscars picks
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Yalitza Aparicio Says She’s ‘Proud’ of Her Roots in Response to Racist Slurs

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Yalitza Aparicio Says She’s ‘Proud’ of Her Roots in Response to Racist Slurs
Yalitza Aparicio’s recent Oscar nomination has been met with praise and enthusiasm in most corners, but not everyone is happy for the “Roma” actress. Video surfaced yesterday of Mexican actor Sergio Goyri criticizing the Academy for honoring “a fucking Indian who says, ‘Yes, ma’am, no, ma’am.'”

Aparacio, 25, released a brief statement in response: “I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words,” she said.

Goyri has since apologized. “It was never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves [the Oscar nomination] and much more,” he said in an Instagram video (translated by the Guardian). “For me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.“

It’s far from Aparicio’s first encounter with this, as she addressed last month.

“I’m not the face of Mexico,
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Screen schism: how our top 25 European films divided readers

Cinephiles rushed to praise the list and take it to task: here are some responses that stood out

Last Sunday, in the Observer special supplement on European cinema, we published a list of 25 films from across the continent that we felt were essential viewing in these tumultuous times.

Compiled by Observer critics Mark Kermode, Simran Hans, Wendy Ide, Guy Lodge and Jonathan Romney, and edited down to the final 25 by me, the list ran in chronological order from 1922 (Nosferatu) to 2017 (On Body and Soul), taking in masterpieces from France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Greece and the UK along the way.
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Scott Z. Burns Hired To Rewrite ‘Bond 25’ For Director Cary Fukunaga [Exclusive]

Scott Z. Burns Hired To Rewrite ‘Bond 25’ For Director Cary Fukunaga [Exclusive]
Reports surfaced last night: the 25th James Bond movie is being delayed. Pushing off from its intended Valentine’s Day 2020 release date, MGM will now open the movie two months later on Easter, April 8, 2020. ‘Bond 25’ is looking down the barrel of a gun: an impending April start date and a script that no one is entirely happy with.

Read More: Léa Seydoux Teams Up With Daniel Craig’s 007 Once Again In ‘Bond 25’

Sources close to the project tell us that Scott Z.

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Sam Neill on Taking a Journey for ‘The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook’

The series The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook, airing on Ovation, follows actor Sam Neill on a journey that takes him to islands and lands that Captain James Cook explored 250 years ago, meeting descendants he came across on his voyages and looking into the triumphs and disasters that Cook left in his wake. On this incredible adventure, the actor traveled to such locations as Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, and Alaska, experiencing the people and their cultures, along the way. While at the Ovation portion of the TCA Press Tour, Collider got the opportunity to sit down …
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Longtime Cinematographer Says They Probably Won’t Work Together Again

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Longtime Cinematographer Says They Probably Won’t Work Together Again
Robert Elswit has shot six films for Paul Thomas Anderson and won an Academy Award for his work on “There Will Be Blood,” but the cinematographer doesn’t expect to work with Anderson again. During an appearance on the Light the Fuse podcast, Elswit didn’t have great things to say about their working relationship: “God, I don’t know what it is anymore,” he said. “It’s like a bad married couple. Unpleasant.”

Asked whether he could see them collaborating again, Elswit didn’t sound optimistic. “I don’t know. Probably not. You know, it depends on how he feels. I would do it again…I didn’t enjoy myself on ‘Inherent Vice’…It was a combination of me and Paul just not getting along, and I can be as immature as him.”

Elswit lensed “Hard Eight,” “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Inherent Vice” for Anderson; Mihai Mălaimare Jr.
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‘Triple Threat’ Trailer: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, and Scott Adkins in the Same Movie? Sign Us Up

‘Triple Threat’ Trailer: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, and Scott Adkins in the Same Movie? Sign Us Up
If you asked a group of diehard genre fans to make a list of the four best martial arts movie stars in the world right now, I imagine an overwhelming majority of the results would include these names: Tony Jaa (the Ong Bak trilogy), Iko Uwais (The Raid films), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi), […]

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Berlin 2019 winners: 'Synonymes' takes Golden Bear

Berlin 2019 winners: 'Synonymes' takes Golden Bear
By The Grace Of God wins the Silver Bear, while Yong Mei and Wang Jingchun take the acting Bears for Wang Xiaoshuai’s So Long, My Son.

Nadiv Lapid’s Synonymes won the Golden Bear for best film at Dieter Kosslick’s 18th and final outing as Berlin’s festival director at the Berlinale Palast tonight (Feb 16).

It’s the first time in the Berlinale’s history that an Israeli director has won the Golden Bear. The film is a French-Israeli-German co-production.

Lapid dedicated the award to his late mother, the editor Ara Lapid, who he described as his “most
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New ‘Black Panther’ Video Takes You Behind the Film’s Epic Score

We are deep into Oscars territory by now, folks, and while it's a period that often comes with some truly, truly dumb controversy, it's also a time for celebrating the pure joy that is film. Case in point: A fantastic new "For Your Consideration" video released by Marvel taking a behind-the-scenes look at Black Panther's score, which has been nominated alongside If Beale Street Could Talk, BlackKklansman, Isle of Dogs, and Mary Poppins Returns. "When you find someone who gets you as an artist, that's something you want to hold on to," director Ryan …
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Berlinale 2019 Awards: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins the Golden Bear

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Berlinale 2019 Awards: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins the Golden Bear
This year’s edition of the Berlin Film Festival has come to an end, and Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms” is taking home one of the film world’s most prestigious awards: the Golden Bear for Best Film. “I Was at Home, But” helmer Angela Schanelec was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director by the jury, which was led by Juliette Binoche and gave both acting prizes to the stars of Wang Xiaoshuai’s “Di jui tian chang”.

The full list of winners:

Read More: ‘Synonyms’ Review: An Astonishing, Maddening Drama About National Identity — Berlin

Golden Bear for Best Film: “Synonyms,” directed by Nadav Lapid

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: “Grâce à Dieu” (“By the Grace of God”), directed by François Ozon

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: “Systemsprenger” (“System Crasher”), directed by Nora Fingscheidt

Silver Bear for Best Director: Angela Schanelec, “Ich war zuhause, aber” “(I Was at Home, But
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