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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut
While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.'s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio's expectations, though not by as much as both Paramount's Instant Family and Fox's Widows, neither of which managed to break out among opening weekend audiences, but will hope to take advantage of the holiday weekend to come. The overall weekend, however, was an improvement over last weekend and while it fell short of the same weekend last year, which saw the debut of Justice League, the month is now pacing slightly ahead of last year's grosses, which saw the November box office top $1 billion for only the third time ever. At #1, Warner Bros.'s release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin on ‘Outlander’ and Season 4’s Brave New World

On the Starz series Outlander, now in its fourth season, time-traveling 20th century doctor Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and her 18th century Highlander husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) are trying to make a home for themselves in colonial America. At the same time, in the 20th century, their daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) realizes that she and Roger (Richard Rankin) may not be on the same page, when it comes to their romantic relationship. At the Los Angeles press day to discuss the new season, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat with co-stars Sophie Skelton and …
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The Original ‘Frankenstein’ Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years — Watch

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The Original ‘Frankenstein’ Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years — Watch
Frankenstein” isn’t the only “Frankenstein.” James Whale’s 1931 take on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel was beaten to the punch by the Edison Manufacturing Company, which in 1910 produced what a title card describes as a “liberal adaptation” of the story. It’s described as neither “all that revelatory” nor “especially rare” in a new Library of Congress blog entry, but a newly restored version of the 13-minute short is still “an instance in which the story of how a particular reel came to be in our collection is more interesting than the film itself.”

Wendi Maloney, who wrote the blog entry, describes how the Library purchased a collection of prints in 2014 that included a nitrate print of “Frankenstein.” Alois F. Dettlaff acquired it in the 1950s and brought it with him to film festivals and monster conventions for decades; a meeting with then-AMPAS president Robert Wise in 1986 failed
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Oscars: Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Returns, at Just the Right Time

Oscars: Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Returns, at Just the Right Time
“There’s nowhere to go but up.” Those are the words Angela Lansbury and the cast of “Mary Poppins Returns” send you home with at the end of Rob Marshall’s sequel to the beloved 54-year-old Disney classic, and they do a good job of illustrating why the film is, perhaps unexpectedly, a bona fide best picture Oscar player this year.

The movie musical landed in the race this week with guild and Academy screenings, tastemakers and more, hoping for what would rightly be considered the impossible: an embrace. But Marshall and company can breathe a sigh of relief because it’s going over like gangbusters. There was applause throughout a Producers Guild screening on Wednesday. A lengthy standing ovation greeted the film’s director and cast at an all-guild screening on Saturday. On Sunday, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got a look and erupted
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Idfa Guest Of Honor Helena Trestikova: ‘Uncertainty Is My Slogan’

Idfa Guest Of Honor Helena Trestikova: ‘Uncertainty Is My Slogan’
Amsterdam — Helena Třeštíková’s speciality is what she likes to call “time-lapse” documentary, and it’s a phrase she doesn’t bandy about lightly. Having made her non-fiction debut in 1974 with short film “The Miracle”, she has worked consistently ever since, balancing so many years-in-the-making projects that sometimes she has up to 15 on the go at any given time. Třeštíková arrived at Idfa to introduce a short, selective retrospective of her decades-spanning filmography and also to curate a Top Ten, which includes works by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Sergei Miroshnichenko and the Czech Republic’s Vera Chytilova, whose 1963 film “Something Different” inspired the teenage Třeštíková to become a film director in the first place.

For Idfa Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia, honoring Třeštíková is a chance to put right some of the gender inequality he sees in the documentary world. “To me,” he says, “Helen – undoubtedly – is one of the greatest living documentary filmmakers.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Tops, but ‘Widows’ Tells a Sad Story

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Tops, but ‘Widows’ Tells a Sad Story
When a film opens to over $60 million like “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” you could call it the top story and go from there. However, there’s just as much interest in the opening-weekend subplots provided by “Widows,” “Instant Family,” and “Green Book.” These results are not encouraging; in the cases of “Widows” and “Green Book,” the implications are frightening.

At $170 million, this weekend will be down about 15 percent from last year. While “Fantastic Beasts” provided a strong franchise, it turns out “Justice League” was 50 percent more popular. Last year had the surprise initial success of “Wonder,” which opened to $27.5 million.

“Grindelwald” is the smallest opening for a film from J.K. Rowling’s universe of wizards. It’s disappointing at 19 percent less (adjusted), but Warners will be buttressed by the film’s overseas performance of $191 million this weekend (Japan still to come). But with a lower start and 16 percent second-day drop,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Screens, and Emily Blunt Lands In the Oscar Race

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” had its first public screening for SAG members Saturday night at Fox, and Emily Blunt portrays the iconic nanny with such confidence and charm that she could land a Best Actress Oscar nomination. No easy feat since Julie Andrews won the Oscar with the role in 1965 and charmed the world with a performance that was “practically perfect in every way.”

The Rob Marshall-directed musical should also be very competitive in several craft races, including John Myhre’s production design, Sandy Powell’s costume design, Marc Shaiman’s score, Best Song, VFX, and sound editing and mixing.

“There is no one else on this planet who could play this part,” Marshall said during the post screening Q&A, where he appeared on a panel with Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda (as lamplighter Jack), producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt, and Myhre. “I wanted to honor that beautiful,
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: ‘We the Animals’, ‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘First Reformed’ Lead the Pack

Awards season is officially in full swing as the folks at Film Independent have officially announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, honoring achievements in independent film for the year 2018. Jeremiah Zagar‘s film We the Animals led the indie pack with five total nominations. But coming in close behind are two wildly […]

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Governors Awards Red Carpet Scaled Back by Academy Due to Wildfires

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is choosing to “scale back” the red carpet at tonight’s Governors Awards due to the ongoing wildfires in California, which have led to at least 76 deaths. 1,200 people are listed as missing in the town of Paradise, and the conflagration is still only 55 percent contained.

“In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” an AMPAS spokesperson said in a statement. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists and filmmakers that are so deserving.”

Several red carpets were canceled at AFI Fest for the same reason, including the world premieres of “Bird Box” and “Mary Queen of Scots,” which closed the weeklong festival. Screenings of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Destroyer,” and “Widows” likewise began without the usual fanfare.
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Tom Riley on ‘Dark Heart’ and How the ITV Drama Series Came About

The British TV crime drama Dark Heart (available to stream at BritBox) follows Di Will Wagstaffe (Tom Riley), a man haunted by his past who is devoted to his work while struggling with the unresolved murder of his parents. He solves some of the darkest and most horrific cases, all while his personal demons affect his relationships, whether it be with his sister Juliette (Charlotte Riley), his partner DC Josie Chancellor (Anjli Mohindra) or his on-and-off girlfriend Sylvie (Miranda Raison). During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Tom Riley talked about how Dark Heart started …
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Dominates Overseas Box Office With $191 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” led the foreign box office with a massive $191 million. The “Harry Potter” prequel series launched in North America with $62 million for a global weekend haul of $253 million.

The Wizarding World installment needs to do well overseas to justify its costly $200 million budget and make up for a potentially lackluster domestic performance. While its North American debut has stalled compared to its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the follow-up has already seen a stronger showing from overseas markets.

“Crimes of Grindelwald” saw the best showing in China with $37.5 million from 20,000 screens. In the United Kingdom, it earned $16.3 million, followed by Germany with $12.8 million and Russia with $12.1 million.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a five-film franchise from the mind of author J.K. Rowling. David Yates returned to direct the sequel, which stars Eddie Redmayne,
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Steve Carell’s Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Leaves Something to Be Desired

Steve Carell’s Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Leaves Something to Be Desired
It’s been 10 years since Steve Carell hosted Saturday Night Live, and in recent years, the actor hasn’t dabbled in comedy much. Instead, he’s spent time taking on more dramatic roles, so it was nice to see him get back into sketch comedy, even if the episode didn’t give him a whole lot to work […]

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‘Pinky and the Brain’ Voice Actors Hint at Reboot: ‘If We Get Our Show Back…’

‘Pinky and the Brain’ Voice Actors Hint at Reboot: ‘If We Get Our Show Back…’
What are we going to do tonight? The same thing we do every night, Pinky: Try to get rebooted. That’s one takeaway from a Vulture Festival panel in which voice actors read famous movie scenes, including Maurice Lamarche and Rob Paulsen of “Pinky and the Brain,” performing the Ferris wheel scene from “The Third Man” in character. They’d already done so once before on the cartoon itself, leading Paulsen to say to his co-star, “If we get our show back…”

Lamarche’s response? “Quiet, Pinky, or I’ll have to beat you over the head with an Nda.” Whether it was a joke or a sign of things to come remains unclear, but it’s not like it would be surprising for another ’90s classic to get the reboot treatment. To wit, “Animaniacs” — where the two animated mice first debuted in 1993 — is itself being brought back courtesy of
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'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' rules world on $253m launch

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' rules world on $253m launch
Fantasy feature tracking 2% ahead of 2016 predecessor at same stage.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald ruled the world on a $253m global launch, while Venom powered past $200m in its second weekend in China, and Bohemian Rhapsody made light work of surging past the $250m international milestone.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald scored an estimated $191m weekend gross from 79 markets as the worldwide haul generated $253m, aided by the $62.2m number one North American debut.

Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi) executives said the international launch came in at 2% above that of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
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‘Green Book’: Will Word of Mouth Save the Wobbly Oscar Contender?

‘Green Book’: Will Word of Mouth Save the Wobbly Oscar Contender?
Two high-level openings with Oscar hopes, Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” (Universal) and Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate” (CBS), dominate the new releases entering the crowded and volatile specialized award season marketplace. “Green Book” is struggling to pull audiences with a multi-city opening at top theaters. The true 60s story starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali will need a dramatic word-of-mouth boost it before its planned quick expansion. Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh biopic launched well with its iconic subject promising strong positive specialized response ahead.

Boy Erased” (Focus) led the new expansions –among the best of wider releases this fall. The market has suddenly become very competitive, with a number of films struggling and risking not getting full holiday bookings as the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend approaches.

Opening

Green Book (Universal) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Toronto, Mill Valley, Hamptons 2018

$313,000 in 25 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,520

Few of this
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Star Wars Bits: ‘Odyssey’ Fan Film, Episode 9 Box Office Prospects, Photo Realistic Figures & More

Star Wars Bits: ‘Odyssey’ Fan Film, Episode 9 Box Office Prospects, Photo Realistic Figures & More
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: Watch a Star Wars fan film set during Rogue One Find out about Episode 9’s early box office prospects Check out new photorealistic action figures Who stole equipment from the set of The Mandalorian? All that and more! As we get ever closer to Episode IX there are […]

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Constance Wu Explains Why She Doesn’t Clap Back at ‘Asian Incels’

Constance Wu Explains Why She Doesn’t Clap Back at ‘Asian Incels’
Constance Wu has to deal with more than her fair share of internet trolls, and she knows which ones to ignore. At Vulture Festival Los Angeles last night, the “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Fresh Off the Boat” star was asked about her experience with “MRAsians” — Wu prefers the term “Asian incels,” short for “involuntarily celibate” — and explained that “a lot of Asian men are mad that one of my boyfriends was white.”

“They make this assumption that every single one of my boyfriends has been white based on the one boyfriend they’ve seen on my social media, who is the boyfriend that I was dating when I first started my account, all the way up until after ‘Fresh Off the Boat.’ Unless they think I was a virgin before I was 30, then…yeah,” she said.

“I don’t clap back online because I don’t feel the need to defend myself,
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‘Vice’ Reactions: Christian Bale, Amy Adams & An “Exceptional” Movie Point To A Surefire Oscar Contender

The table has largely been set for the 2018 Academy Awards race. Sure, a few last minute stragglers hit the recent AFI Film Festival—“Mary Queen of Scots,” “On The Basis Of Sex” and “Bird Box”—but outside of some praise for the actors and their potential Oscar shots, none of them seemed to have changed the landscape. But one long-awaited film has.

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Idfa: ’The Border Fence’ Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter on Building A Divided Europe

Amsterdam — It’s hard to predict where Austria’s Nikolaus Geyrhalter will go next. “Pripyat” (1999) saw him investigate the radioactive legacy of Chernobyl; 2005’s food-processing doc “Our Daily Bread” took him all over Europe, while “7915km” (2008) involved a mini-tour of Africa on the trail of The Dakar Rally. His latest film, though, is a little closer to home. Making its international premiere in competition at Idfa, “The Border Fence” visits the Brenner Pass, a tiny strip of land between Austria and Italy that suddenly became a media hotspot in 2016, after a deal between the European Union and Turkey officially closed the “Balkan Route” that was being used by refugees. With that road closed, Austrian authorities feared that illegal migrants would cross at the Brenner Pass instead.

The result was a proposed border fence, although all those involved with its development and construction were reluctant to call it that. And when work finally started,
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