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Bo Report: Keanu Reeves kicks butt in third ‘John Wick’ edition

‘John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum.

Defying the law of diminishing returns for sequels, the latest iteration of Lionsgate’s John Wick franchise made more money in its first weekend in Australia than the lifetime total of the previous edition.

Meanwhile Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame set new milestones in the Us and internationally and Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding maintained momentum in its third weekend.

Bollywood romantic comedy De De Pyaar De had a respectable debut while Mike Leigh’s Peterloo and Spanish thriller The Realm tanked.

The top 20 titles generated $14.4 million, 13 per cent down on the previous weekend, according to Numero.

Released by Studiocanal, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum grabbed $4.1 million on 260 locations and $4.3 million including previews. That eclipsed the predecessor which opened with $1.8 million in 2017 and ended up with $4.25 million.

Directed by series regular Chad Stahelski and starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane and Angelica Huston,
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Amazon Studios Acquires Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ — Cannes

Amazon Studios Acquires Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ — Cannes
There’s a new “Les Misérables” at Cannes, but worry not: Russell Crowe doesn’t sing in this one. Amazon Studios has acquired writer-director Ladj Ly’s debut feature film following its world premiere at Cannes. Variety first reported the news, including the detail that “Netflix was also believed to be pursuing the film, with insiders pegging the final price for the film at $1.5 million.”

Based not on Victor Hugo’s timeless novel but rather the riots that erupted in Ly’s neighborhood in Paris in 2005 — the same neighborhood, in fact, where part of said novel takes place — “Les Misérables” was co-written by Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti; Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral of Srab Films produced it.

In his review of the film, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wrote that it “bears little outward resemblance to the epic story of Jean Valjean and his stolen loaf of bread. But Ly
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‘The Aeronauts’ Will Have One-Week Imax Run In October

In the first venture between Amazon Studios and Imax, The Aeronauts, directed by Tom Harper and starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, will be released exclusively in Imax theaters nationwide for a one-week run beginning October 25. The pic will then expand nationally for a full theatrical run in additional theaters on November 1.

Set in 1862, The Aeronauts follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne), as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other – and themselves – that helps each of them find their place in the world they have left behind.

Pic is written Jack Thorne and directed and produced by Harper. Mandeville Films
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‘Peterloo’ Review

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Pearce Quigley, David Moorst, Rachel Finnegan, Tom Meredith, Simona Bitmate, Robert Wilfort, Karl Johnson, Sam Troughton, Roger Sloman, Kenneth Hadley, Tom Edward-Kane | Written and Directed by Mike Leigh

Peterloo is the latest film directed by British auteur Mike Leigh and is his second-period piece in the last five years, after his critically acclaimed epic Mr Turner, released in 2014. Premiering on what will be the 200th anniversary of the relatively unknown British tragedy of the same name, occurring in the year of 1819 in Manchester. It is a rather timely release considering only 200 years later the British people are once again in a traumatising political disposition considering the deliberating reasoning of Brexit, although I’m sure this is no coincidence on Leigh’s part. Peterloo covers the days and ultimately the harrowing event itself with a massive British ensemble with pretty much every single UK
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Mike Leigh Got Away with Murder with ‘Peterloo,’ But Lost Amazon a Ton of Money

Mike Leigh Got Away with Murder with ‘Peterloo,’ But Lost Amazon a Ton of Money
After years of talking to Mike Leigh, whether at the Carlton Beach at Cannes, on a gondola at Telluride, or a plush hotel suite in Toronto, I’ve gotten used to being reminded that — in his eyes — I don’t know enough about his movies. That’s how he rolls.

Here’s what I do know: At age 76, Leigh has delivered the most ambitious, gorgeous, and expensive period recreation of his storied career, “Peterloo.” And, at $18 million, the film stood very little chance of making money for Amazon Studios. While he is deeply respected as one of the finest living auteurs with his exacting and unique creative process, his top-grossing movie was “Secrets & Lies,” back in 1996. That film, which received five Oscar nominations for October Films, made $26.4 million in today’s dollars — and it was released more than two decades ago, when independent films occupied a different place in our culture.
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Mike Leigh Got Away with Murder with ‘Peterloo,’ But Lost Amazon a Ton of Money

Mike Leigh Got Away with Murder with ‘Peterloo,’ But Lost Amazon a Ton of Money
After years of talking to Mike Leigh, whether at the Carlton Beach at Cannes, on a gondola at Telluride, or a plush hotel suite in Toronto, I’ve gotten used to being reminded that — in his eyes — I don’t know enough about his movies. That’s how he rolls.

Here’s what I do know: At age 76, Leigh has delivered the most ambitious, gorgeous, and expensive period recreation of his storied career, “Peterloo.” And, at $18 million, the film stood very little chance of making money for Amazon Studios. While he is deeply respected as one of the finest living auteurs with his exacting and unique creative process, his top-grossing movie was “Secrets & Lies,” back in 1996. That film, which received five Oscar nominations for October Films, made $26.4 million in today’s dollars — and it was released more than two decades ago, when independent films occupied a different place in our culture.
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‘Her Smell’ Out-Croons ‘Teen Spirit’ But Not By Much In Another Slow Weekend: Specialty Box Office

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‘Her Smell’ Out-Croons ‘Teen Spirit’ But Not By Much In Another Slow Weekend: Specialty Box Office
The cosmos somehow aligned for this to be the weekend in which two headlining actors star as singers in two limited releases that open in the same frame — albeit with quite different stories… In the end, it seems both Gunpowder & Sky’s Her Smell and Bleecker Street’s Teen Spirit mostly split the audiences — or shared them. Her Smell took the edge with the highest per theater average of a crowded weekend. The title grossed $39,058 in the Sunday morning estimate, averaging $13,019 in three locations. Teen Spirit has the second-best PTA. The Bleecker Street release played one more gig than Her Smell. In four theaters, the title starring Elle Fanning grossed $44,361, averaging $11,090.

Only slightly below Teen Spirit in the Sunday estimate is Greenwich Entertainment’s Wild Nights With Emily with Molly Shannon starring as Emily Dickinson. The 2018 SXSW premiere by filmmaker Madeleine Olnek played to $33K in three New York and L.
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How Mike Leigh Shot the Complex, Poetic, Brutal ‘Peterloo’ Massacre

How Mike Leigh Shot the Complex, Poetic, Brutal ‘Peterloo’ Massacre
The climactic massacre from “Peterloo” may well be the crowning achievement of the nearly three-decade collaboration between director Mike Leigh and cinematographer Dick Pope. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the brutal government crackdown of the political rally in Manchester’s St. Peter’s Field, the event marked the first action sequence for Leigh and Pope, thrusting them into new cinematic territory.

The Peterloo Massacre was a massive undertaking in terms of scale and managing a cast of hundreds. The filmmakers reenacted the infamous tragedy, in which the cavalry charged a crowd of more than 60,000 gathered to demand increased parliamentary representation after the English economy was ravaged following the Napoleonic Wars. Hundreds were injured and 15 people were killed. But despite its complexity, the massacre did not deviate from Leigh’s method of shooting unscripted and workshopping the staging and performances.

“It was less a technical challenge and more a matter of
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Amazon Announces All Voices Film Festival for Filmmakers From Underrepresented Communities

Amazon Prime Video has announced the All Voices Film Festival, which will showcase short films from American filmmakers hailing from underrepresented and marginalized communities. The grand prize for the contest is $25,000 and a tour of Amazon Studios, with four finalists receiving $10,000; all five of them will be featured on Prime Video.

Submissions “must be created by or feature people from marginalized communities, such as people of color and ethnic, gender and religious minorities, Lgbtq people, veterans and people with disabilities,” according to Variety. Submissions open on April 8 and are capped at 40 minutes.

“At Amazon Studios, we are looking for passionate storytellers who reflect and represent all backgrounds, specifically so that we can share their experiences and stories. We created this opportunity because we wanted a way for underrepresented voices to be heard,” said Latasha Gillespie, Amazon Studios’ head of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Founded in 2010, Amazon Studios began distributing films
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‘Storm Boy’ launches in the Us as ‘Hotel Mumbai’ motors along

Storm Boy

Us critics lauded Shawn Seet’s Storm Boy as a beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic tale but the drama faced stiff competition in the specialty market last weekend.

Meanwhile Anthony MarasHotel Mumbai climbed to $US6.4 million after ringing up $1.8 million on 940 screens in its second weekend wide in the Us.

The Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures release produced by Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas had a decent per-screen average of $1,914, despite falling by 44 per cent.

The thriller starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs and Tilda Cobham-Hervey collected $151,000 in its fourth weekend in Oz, to reach $2.9 million.

The Us distributor Good Deed Entertainment launched Storm Boy on 56 screens, grossing $46,676 for an average of $834.

The international sales agent Kathy Morgan told If last week the distributor had booked the film at premium locations
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Claire Denis’ Surreal ‘High Life’ Leads Indie Box Office

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Claire Denis’ Surreal ‘High Life’ Leads Indie Box Office
It was a strong early April weekend for A24 at the indie box office, as Claire Denis’ surreal sci-fi film “High Life” opened on four screens in New York and Los Angeles and earned the top per screen average with $25,007.

The film stars Robert Pattinson as a man lost in space who must find a way to survive with his daughter after the ship’s inhabitants mysteriously disappear. Juliette Binoche and Andre Benjamin also star, with Denis directing from a script she co-wrote with Jean-Pol Fargeau and Geoff Cox. “High Life” has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89%.

Also Read: 'Shazam!' Surges to $53 Million Box Office Opening

Also adding to A24’s strong weekend was the continued success of “Gloria Bell,” which added $390,000 in its fifth weekend to cross the $5 million mark.

The other big indie release this weekend was Amazon Studios’ “Peterloo,” which grossed $30,426 from three screens for an
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Robert Pattinson Boosts ‘High Life’ Over ‘Peterloo’ and ‘Amazing Grace’

Robert Pattinson Boosts ‘High Life’ Over ‘Peterloo’ and ‘Amazing Grace’
Three promising major releases boasting name directors, savvy specialty distributors and top theaters — “High Life” (A24), “Peterloo” (Amazon Studios), and “Amazing Grace” (Neon) —opened this week with uneven results. Not one of the films has potential to break out for crossover national play at a time when theaters are hungry for strong product.

Robert Pattinson vehicle “High Life” from the great Claire Denis performed the best in top locations, with a respectable initial number. “Amazing Grace” also showed some audience interest, but less than its earlier Oscar-qualifying run promised. Mike Leigh’s delayed “Peterloo” lagged behind.

Specialized film is at a crossroads. Given streaming alternatives like Netflix and Amazon (which will play around with conventional theatrical windows more in future), these three films beg the question of whether dedicating three months to an initial theatrical release remains the smartest move for such important films.

Opening

High Life (A24) – Metacritic: 80; Festivals include: Toronto,
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Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Grows to $53 Million Debut

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Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Grows to $53 Million Debut
The magic word at the box office this weekend was “Shazam!Warner Bros.’ latest superhero adventure easily topped charts in North America, pocketing $53 million when it debuted in 4,217 venues.

Buoyed by positive reviews, “Shazam!” arrived ahead of expectations, which anticipated a start around $40 million to $45 million. The film also earned $3 million in advanced screenings for a domestic haul of $56 million.

While “Shazam!’s” opening weekend is on the lower side for a traditional comic-book movie, it was less expensive to make compared to other superhero films. That means it doesn’t have to reach the same heights as entries like “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman” to turn a profit. Warner Bros. and New Line spent $98 million to produce “Shazam!,” proving that studios can crank out a solid superhero installment without breaking the bank. Prior DC films like “Justice League” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” on the other hand, cost
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'Shazam' secures North American box office crown in $54m debut

'Shazam' secures North American box office crown in $54m debut
Mike Leigh’s Peterloo in so-so limited debut through Amazon Studios.

New Line and DC Entertainment’s Shazam! delivered another strong result for the DC stable as it dominated box office in North America on an estimated $53.5m, while Paramount’s horror Pet Sematary arrived in second place on $25m.

Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Michelle Borth, and Djimon Hounsou, opened via Warner Bros in 4,217 sites and stands at $56.8m through Sunday including previews.

The superhero adaptation about a boy who turns into a superhero when he shouts Shazam! marks another
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'Shazam' secures North American box office crown in $34m debut

'Shazam' secures North American box office crown in $34m debut
Mike Leigh’s Peterloo in so-so limited debut through Amazon Studios.

New Line and DC Entertainment’s Shazam! delivered another strong result for the DC stable as it dominated box office in North America on an estimated $35.5m, while Paramount’s horror Pet Sematary arrived in second place on $25m.

Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Michelle Borth, and Djimon Hounsou, opened via Warner Bros in 4,217 sites and stands at $56.8m through Sunday including previews.

The superhero adaptation about a boy who turns into a superhero when he shouts Shazam! marks another
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Robert Pattinson Hits ‘High Life’, Aretha Franklin Reaches ‘Amazing Grace’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

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Robert Pattinson Hits ‘High Life’, Aretha Franklin Reaches ‘Amazing Grace’ – Specialty Box Office Preview
Celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis will have her English-language feature debut with High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, opening this weekend via A24. Specialty distributors continue to ramp up spring releases, though with a somewhat less-packed slate of newcomers compared with last weekend. Nearly five decades after its recording, Aretha Franklin concert documentary Amazing Grace begins a regular theatrical run via Neon, which picked up the title in December. Amazon Studios is launching multiple-Oscar-nominated British director Mike Leigh’s historical epic Peterloo in select New York and L.A. locations. Greenwich Entertainment, meanwhile, is heading out with Emilio Estevez-directed drama The Public, with Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and Estevez.

Also launching in limited release is IFC Films’ horror Western The Wind, in addition to Good Deed drama Storm Boy at AMC Empire in New York and AMC CityWalk in L.A. along with other major cities.
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‘Peterloo’ Film Review: Mike Leigh’s 19th Century Epic Recounts a Notorious Massacre

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‘Peterloo’ Film Review: Mike Leigh’s 19th Century Epic Recounts a Notorious Massacre
For much of its two-and-a-half-hour running time, Mike Leigh’s period epic “Peterloo” consists mostly of people talking — about what they need in order to be seen, to be heard, and frankly just to live. The last half hour depicts what happens when that kind of speech is cut off by the most disturbingly effective countermeasure: physical violence.

In 1819, a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter’s Field in poverty-stricken Manchester, England, became a massacre when charging infantrymen attacked the crowd with their swords. Whether you walk away from Leigh’s sacredly handled, no-nonsense slice of this history remembering the impassioned oratory of angry citizens or their murderous treatment by a cruel government is, on some level, Leigh’s own cinematic referendum on what we want from movies. Life as spoken up for, as passionately reasoned, or its opposite: death as grim spectacle?

Leigh makes talky films, after all, not action pictures.
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Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Heads Toward $45 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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The domestic box office may be off to a sluggish start this year, but two genres have proven to be consistent winners: superheroes and horror.

If that trend continues, movie theaters in North America might get a much-needed boost this weekend as Warner Bros.’ comic-book adventure “Shazam!” and Paramount Pictures’ remake of “Pet Sematary” open nationwide. The two titles are debuting alongside Stx’s drama “The Best of Enemies.”

“Shazam!” looks to be the big winner among newcomers. It’s expected to make between $45 million and $50 million when it debuts in 4,260 North American venues. Early tracking suggested the comic-book adaptation could launch with $40 million, but positive word-of-mouth has industry analysts more optimistic about one of DC’s youngest warriors.

“Shazam!” — described as “Big” set in the comic-book world — centers on Billy Baston (Asher Angel), a teenager who transforms into a bubble-gum-snapping superhero (Zachary Levi) when someone says the magic word.
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American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise Moore Receives Top French Honor As Film Organization Faces Period Of Transition

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American Cinematheque Head of Programming Gwen Deglise Moore became the latest to receive the distinguished Insignia of Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of Arts and Letters, an award established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The Hon. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, made the presentation Monday evening at the French Consulate home in Beverly Hills.

Deglise joins a list of past honorees that includes George Clooney, Sofia Coppola, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman and many others. “I’m so proud, very intimidated, and so grateful,” she told me before the ceremony. “To give me the opportunity to look back and to be mostly grateful for the American Cinematheque, and for the importance of our institution and to believe in what we do and to me it
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Top 10 Takeaways from the Mike Leigh Masterclass | 2019 Luxembourg City Film Festival

Sitting down with French critic Michel Ciment, Mike Leigh delivered last week a masterclass at the Luxembourg City Film Festival, touching on career milestones and the upcoming release of his latest film, period drama Peterloo. The British director was also the festival as the subject of a retrospective and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award, and although famous for rarely straying from his tried-and-true line of messaging, he entertained the Cinematheque crowd with anecdotes about his upbringing and his playful, long-standing rapport with Ciment. Here are the highlights of the 90-minute event.

On Dramatizing History

“You could read all the books in the world, but that doesn’t make them happen in front of the camera.…
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