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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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Legendary Wants to Make Movies and TV Shows With Your Favorite Image Comics Creators

For anyone who’s been paying attention to the world of comic books for the past couple of decades, people like Brian K. Vaughan, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Matt Fraction are rockstars. Now all three of them have deals with Legendary to produce original content and adapt some of their beloved comic properties into movies and […]

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'The Good Intentions' triumphs at Ventana Sur awards

Sales agent Film Factory eyeing Cannes sales launch.

Ana García Blaya’s Argentine drama The Good Intentions (Las Buenas Intenciones) dominated the Primer Corte awards for Latin American films in post-production on the closing day of Ventana Sur (14).

The feature directorial debut about a daughter and her dysfunctional father played to buyers on Thursday and was awarded the European Vision Prize and the Nmf and Color Print award. Film Factory acquired worldwide rights excluding Argentina on Thursday and is eyeing a Cannes sales launch.

Uruguayan social satire The Undefendable (Los Indefensos) by Matías Ganz won Le Film Francais Prize.

In the Blood Window genre sidebar,
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Breaking Down That Enigmatic ‘Nightflyers’ Finale with Showrunner Jeff Buhler

Wait, what?! What just happened? The Nightflyers finale was quite the enigma. Inspired by the George Rr Martin novella of the same name, Syfy's horror series followed a team of daring scientists on a mission to meet a mysterious alien race known as the Volcryn and possibly save Earth in the process -- on a space ship that was quite literally haunted by the evil digital presence of the captain's mother. At last, after icky flesh-covered probes and telepathic communiques, we finally met the Volcryn in the Season One finale, but if their arrival answered some of the …
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‘Mortal Engines’ Star Stephen Lang on Playing a Mummified Assassin, ‘Don’t Breathe’, ‘Avatar’ Sequels, and ‘Tombstone’ [Interview]

‘Mortal Engines’ Star Stephen Lang on Playing a Mummified Assassin, ‘Don’t Breathe’, ‘Avatar’ Sequels, and ‘Tombstone’ [Interview]
Over the course of a 37 year career, actor Stephen Lang has played his fair share of cowboys, marines, thugs, lawyers, cops, and more. But in Mortal Engines, he’s breaking new ground. In the new film, which hits theaters this week, Lang plays a “resurrected man” named Shrike, a mummified zombie assassin who’s on a […]

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‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Marvel Was “Surprised” By Cancellation & Says Netflix Is Solely Responsible

One of the best dramas around right now can’t be watched on your TV screen or at your local multiplex. No, it’s the drama behind the scenes that led to the sudden cancellation of the Netflix/Marvel TV series “Daredevil.” And just when you think you have it figured out, more news comes out that turns everything on its head.

Recently, in an interview with Inverse, actress Amy Rutberg, who plays, Marci, the love interest to Foggy Nelson in the series, details some insider gossip that seems to point the finger to Netflix as to the people holding the ax when “Daredevil” was cut from the streaming service.

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‘Battlestar Galactica’ Is Now a Classic — 15 Years Ago, Fans Thought It Was a Mistake

‘Battlestar Galactica’ Is Now a Classic — 15 Years Ago, Fans Thought It Was a Mistake
In 2003, the San Diego Comic-Con was a much less intense event than it is today, but networks and studios still saw the value of promoting new TV shows to fans. So, a few months before the premiere of the miniseries that re-launched “Battlestar Galactica,” creator Ronald D. Moore and cast members Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, and Katee Sackhoff, sat on a raised platform in one of the venue’s smaller conference rooms.

They screened the trailer. And then they ate a lot of crap. Although the original “Battlestar Galactica” premiered in 1978 for just one season, the audience was rooted in debating the old version, and why the Sci-Fi Channel (as it was then known) wanted to reboot the show.

The mood did lighten a bit when Sackhoff, cast as the gender-swapped character of Starbuck, addressed how much her role would resemble the one originally played by Dirk Benedict as a womanizing,
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‘Sinister Six’ Could Still Happen, ‘Into The Spider-Verse’ Sequel Details Revealed

‘Sinister Six’ Could Still Happen, ‘Into The Spider-Verse’ Sequel Details Revealed
With the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse this weekend, and the global success of Venom, Sony has righted the Spider-ship that had sunk in the public’s eyes after the disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, the future of Sony’s Spider-Man universe is starting to look brighter — and more crowded with Spider projects — than ever. […]

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Set for August Release

Lionsgate and CBS Films have set Guillermo del Toro’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” for an Aug. 9 release.

The adaptation cast Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur and Natalie Ganzhorn with production started in late August.

Del Toro is producing the teen thriller with his “Shape of Water” producer J. Miles Dale. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind and Elizabeth Grave are also producing. CBS Films and Entertainment One are co-financing.

André Øvredal is directing from a script by del Toro and the teams of Daniel and Kevin Hageman and Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Based on Alvin Schwartz’ bestselling trilogy of books, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town.

Del Toro came on to the project in April, a month after winning
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Could Be First $200 Million Sony Animation Hit

For the first time in four years, Christmas comes without a Disney “Star Wars” release. That leaves several new films vying for top performer. D.C. Comics’ “Aquaman” has already taken in around $100 million in China; it opens here December 21. Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” is set for Christmas Day with considerable anticipation. And then there’s Marvel’s little “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Going in, the Marvel entry isn’t the film to beat. However, the guess here is It could easily reach $250 million. Here are some factors that seem to be barriers — and others that add to its potential:

Only $200 Million?

The last 10 Marvel releases have domestic grosses of $200 million of more. Two this year (“Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War”) took in around $700 million to become the top two hits of 2018.

Even the one previous animated Marvel film, 2014’s “Big Hero 6,” made (adjusted) a little under $250 million.
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Ventana Sur: Film Factory Swoops on Ana García Blaya’s ‘The Good Intentions’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Lightning strikes twice. Flying the flag for the commercial potential of first-time Argentine directors and marking the kind of lightning deal which adds energy to a market, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has swooped on “The Good Intentions,” an Argentine movie which was the big winner Friday at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte.

It played on Thursday morning in rough-cut at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte, drawing applause from a seasoned international arthouse buyer audience. Film Factory has acquired world sales rights outside Argentina.

Directed with brio by Argentina’s Ana García Blaya in her first feature outing, confirming a director and – as importantly these days, a writer – to track, “Las buenas intenciones” (The Good Intentions) will be ready for delivery by late February, said Tarea Fina producer Juan Pablo Miller.

Closed in a matter of hours in the kind of dealmaking which adds energy to ever more cautious arthouse markets,
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‘Brexit’ Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Is A Political Strategist Looking To Shock The World

“Everyone knows who won. Not everyone knows how.” That’s the tagline for the upcoming HBO film “Brexit,” which covers the recent political movement of the same name. Like most biopics or historical films, when you talk about a topic that has been heavily in the public eye, there needs to be a new angle to get people interested. And HBO feels “Brexit” does this with the help of Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan to Lead Lesbian Romance From ‘God’s Own Country’ Scribe

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan to Lead Lesbian Romance From ‘God’s Own Country’ Scribe
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, two of England and Ireland’s most celebrated actresses, will play opposite each other in “Ammonite,” a period romance written by “God’s Own Country” writer/director Francis Lee. The project marks the first screen collaboration between Ronan and Winslet.

Per Deadline, the film is “set in a UK coastal town in the 1820s [and] follows an unlikely romance between palaeontologist Mary Anning and a London woman of means to whom she must unexpectedly play nursemaid.” The article did not say which actress would play which role.

Lee’s feature film debut, “God’s Own Country,” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it won the World Cinema Directing Award. It went on to become a critical and box office hit. The tender gay romance about a farmhand and a migrant worker also earned a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding British Film and a spot
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‘Brexit’ Trailer: Bald Benedict Cumberbatch Wants the UK to Leave the EU

Not even 30 months removed from one of the most significant political moments in British history, there’s already a movie about it.

“Brexit,” on its way to HBO early next year, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, which the film posits as one of the instrumental figures behind the outcome of the 2016 referendum. Cummings was a strategist for the Leave campaign, which swayed voters into opting to exit the United Kingdom’s existing membership in the European Union.

The film reunites Cumberbatch with director Toby Haynes. The pair worked together on “Sherlock,” for which Haynes was behind the camera for the series highlight “The Reichenbach Fall.” Haynes also went on to direct the Emmy-winning (and IndieWire list-topping) “USS Callister” installment of “Black Mirror.”

Even with the focus on behind-the-scenes maneuvering, this trailer still has plenty of the notable figures from the Brexit saga. Former London mayor Boris Johnson makes more than one appearance,
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Collaboration, the Film’s Centerpiece Moment, and More [Interview]

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Collaboration, the Film’s Centerpiece Moment, and More [Interview]
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is back with another knockout drama: If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of author James Baldwin’s celebrated novel. The film tells the story of Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), a young black couple who are deeply in love and trying to make it in New York City in […]

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Before ‘Roma,’ Alfonso Cuarón Didn’t Think He’d Be Able to Work in Mexico Again

Before ‘Roma,’ Alfonso Cuarón Didn’t Think He’d Be Able to Work in Mexico Again
Roma,” which is available to watch on Netflix starting today, marks Alfonso Cuarón’s return to Mexico after 17 years of working in Hollywood, and there’s a reason it took so long: He wasn’t sure he’d be able to work in his native country again. Speaking to the Red Bulletin, Cuarón — who got his start with 1995’s “Sólo con Tu Pareja” and directed “Y Tu Mamá También” six years later — explains the absence.

Read More: Mexico’s Major Theater Chain Won’t Release ‘Roma,’ Leaving Alfonso Cuarón Upset

“It is so exhausting, and it’s not good for business,” the filmmaker says of having “burned bridges” in Mexico. “The way I produced my first film, ‘Sólo con Tu Pareja,’ wasn’t looked upon terribly well. I had a lot of support from the Mexican government, but their investment was minor. I was adamant that they were not my bosses.
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How the “Elseworlds” Crossover Makes the Case for a Superman CW Series

This year’s big annual Arrowverse crossover was as splashy as ever, spanning four cities, three Earths, and multiple potential realities, all while packing in as many DC references and Easter eggs as possible. As stories go, it was largely satisfying, featuring strong character moments, fun in-jokes for fans, and an epic final battle. But unlike the crossovers of years past, this one devotes an awful lot of time to looking forward in a way that “Crisis on Earth-x” and “Invasion” did not. “Elseworlds” spends as much screentime building toward next year’s long-awaited “Crisis on Infinite …
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‘Eighth Grade’: Elsie Fisher Talks About Her Favorite Movies of Awards Season – And Her Globe Nom

‘Eighth Grade’: Elsie Fisher Talks About Her Favorite Movies of Awards Season – And Her Globe Nom
Fans of “Eighth Grade” breakout star Elsie Fisher needn’t fear: the 15-year-old actress is still “the coolest girl in the world.” As the wonderfully real Kayla Day in Bo Burnham’s lauded feature directorial debut, the young actress turned in the year’s most honest performance, following the fantastically weird final weeks of middle school hell, ending with the once-shy Kayla finally ready to embrace her dad’s adorable superlative.

Fisher, who had just finished her own middle-school years when the project filmed in summer 2017, brought a natural veracity to the role — an actual kid, playing a kid, and bringing all that fresh experience with her — but her performance also reflected an actress who understands that believable work doesn’t come from simply aping your own experience. Nearly a year after debuting the life-changing film, the actress remains as honest and thoughtful as ever, even in the face of
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Set for Summer 2019 Release

Summer 2019 just got a little scarier. For children of the 80s and 90s, these short stories written by Alvin Schwartz and horrifyingly illustrated by Stephen Gammell lived up to their title: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. You may have had your Goosebumps collection and you may have hidden beneath your blanket for Snick's airings of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, but everyone remembers the scrawly illustrations that accompanied these skin-crawling stories. R.L. Stine's series already has two big-screen adaptations and the Nickelodeon nightmare-machine has one on the way, but this …
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