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Quote of the Day: Zoey Deutch on the Lack of Complex Film Roles for Women

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In her new movie, “Flower,” Zoey Deutch portrays an opportunistic, morally ambiguous teen who turns to vigilantism to take down a sex offender. Deutch’s Erica isn’t the usual teen protagonist, nor is she a female character we see much of in film. And, per an interview with Vulture, that’s exactly why Deutch wanted to be a part of “Flower” in the first place.

“I felt at times that I was on the sidelines watching dudes play these types of parts,” she said of her character. Before booking “Flower” she hadn’t had many meaty roles — she was usually the requisite woman in a man’s story. “I have played one-dimensional female characters in male-driven comedies,” the “Before I Fall” actress confessed. “I have to say, it is the hardest thing as an actor that I have yet to do.
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Netflix snaps up 'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser'

Cyrano de Bergerac retelling to debut on streaming platform this year.

Netflix has pounced on Black Label Media’s high school rom-com Sierra Burgess Is A Loser starring Shannon Purser from Stranger Things.

Ian Samuels makes his feature directorial debut on the Cyrano de Bergerac retelling from a screenplay by Lindsay Beer. The story follows an intelligent teenager who falls into a romantic entanglement over mistaken identity and must team up with the popular girl to win her crush.

Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck and Lea Thompson star.

Black Label Media produced and fully financed Sierra Burgess Is A Loser and Black Label’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill serve as producers

Netflix will debut the film on its streaming platform this year and brokered the deal with Endeavor Content.

Black Label Media’s credits include Sicario, 71, The Good Lie, Rebel In The Rye and Begin Again, and it served
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Sundance 2017 Reality Check: How the Big Deals Did at the Box Office

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Sundance 2017 Reality Check: How the Big Deals Did at the Box Office
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival provided one of the strongest markets on record. The box-office results, however, tell another story. While big buy “The Big Sick” was a big hit, second only to “Lady Bird” in the specialty marketplace, many smaller Sundance films remained just that: small, often earning less than their acquisition costs.

For some movies, small is a victory. Kogonada’s “Columbus,” which screened in the 2017 Next section, received the Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship grant to fund its inaugural self-distribution partnership. “Columbus” grossed more than $1 million — more than Fox Searchlight’s “Patti Cake$” ($9.5 million buy, less than $1 million domestic), and more than one might expect for a meditative romance set among the architecture of Columbus, Ind.

Three Sundance 2107 films — “Get Out” (Universal), “The Big Sick” (Amazon/Lionsgate) and “Wind River” (Weinstein) grossed over $250 million combined in domestic theaters. However, only “The Big Sick” came to Sundance without a distributor.
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Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes

Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes
Lord knows, we don’t need another awards show. But the year in film has seen some extraordinary work and though the usual “for your consideration” conversations are valid, they seem insufficient in some cases.

There is a long list of people who are worthy of Oscar consideration, so don’t forget these people when filling out your Oscar ballots, which are due Jan. 12. But let’s also give them special recognition, a round of applause for doing work that was above and beyond.

Wind River

Writer-director Taylor Sheridan and his “Wind River” team deserve awards attention for delivering an entertaining and relevant film. Beyond that, they deserve a salute for wresting control of the movie away from the original distributor, the Weinstein Co. As soon as the story broke on Oct. 5 about that industry bully-rapist, Sheridan and Acacia Entertainment renegotiated everything and made sure that no profits will go to TWC, but instead
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Production wraps on Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that filming has wrapped on Tolkien, director Dome Karukoski’s (Tom of Finland) biopic of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, which stars Nicholas Hoult (Rebel in the Rye) as Tolkien and Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) as his wife Edith.

“As a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, it is a privilege to bring one of the greatest writers in history to life,” says Karukoski. “Tolkien’s works teach us that even when we meet an obstacle the size of Smaug, with the support and fighting spirit of incredible friends, we can conquer monsters and create magic. Not only is that the story of Tolkien’s life, but it speaks to the making of this film. I am incredibly grateful to our crew and cast, including Nicholas who prepared for months. I will treasure this experience always.
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Five Reasons to See Rebel in the Rye

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Five Reasons to See Rebel in the RyeFive Reasons to See Rebel in the RyeAmanda Wood10/11/2017 2:31:00 Pm

Biopics are a dime a dozen these days, with everyone even remotely famous throughout history getting their life immortalized onscreen. Rebel in the Rye is slightly different than your run-of-the-mill historical biopic, because it deals with a very reclusive and mysterious subject: author J.D. Salinger.

Nicholas Hoult dons some brown contacts and shows off his seemingly endless versatility as Jerry Salinger, a bold and ambitious young man whose life is forever changed by his time as a soldier and his brush with fame. Chances are you had to read Catcher in the Rye as part of your high school English curriculum, so you’ll be familiar with Salinger’s most famous work and only novel. However, there’s much more to the author’s story, and it’s beautifully brought to life by Kevin Spacey,
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‘The Florida Project’ Scores at Specialty Box Office as ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Soars

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‘The Florida Project’ Scores at Specialty Box Office as ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Soars
Fresh off the New York Film Festival, Sean Baker’s acclaimed “The Florida Project” (A24) sprinted ahead of the over-crowded fall specialty pack, as some 35 titles launched in limited runs this weekend. Backed by some of the best reviews of the year, the Cannes pickup marks Baker’s breakout following succès d’estime “Tangerine.”

“Victoria & Abdul” (Focus) is setting the early pace for this awards season’s contenders, with Judi Dench showing yet again her strength as a draw.

Most other openings appealed to niche audiences, with several documentaries competing to get review attention that might position them for later awards consideration. While another Nyff title, Agnes Varda and J.R.’s “Faces, Places” (Cohen), nabbed the best reviews, none did more than modest business.

Opening

The Florida Project (A24) – Metacritic: 94; Festivals include: Cannes, Toronto, New York 2017

$152,622 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $38,156

Sean Baker’s sixth feature follows his
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Got Your 6 Recognizes New Class of 6 Certified Projects

Got Your 6 has announced six new projects have received its 6 Certified designation, a program that recognizes film, television, theatrical, or digital content that accurately portrays veterans as leaders and civic assets.

The projects range from CBS’s new show “Seal Team,” the Tina Fey-produced “Great News” on NBC, and the biographical film “Rebel in the Rye” about WWII veteran J.D. Salinger.

The national veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as part of its mission to change the veteran “broken/hero” stereotype held by 80 percent of U.S. civilians. The program challenges entertainment industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.

Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:

Blood Stripe” — Winner of numerous film festival awards, the thriller “Blood Stripe” tells the story of a female U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant
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Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ Leads Off Fall Specialty Film Season

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Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ Leads Off Fall Specialty Film Season
Amazon Studios, which is releasing about a film a month, led the fall season specialized release barrage with Mike White college comedy “Brad’s Status,” starring Ben Stiller. Annapurna’s second release scored $25,000 per theater in two cities for a credible start.

“Brad’s Status” was one of four Toronto International Film Festival 2017 titles released while the festival is wrapping up (compared to only one last year). The others include Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” (Paramount), which flopped in wide release with $7.5 million and a rare F Cinemascore (they poll mass-audience theaters and the scores don’t reflect all reactions). Frederick Wiseman’s library documentary “Ex Libris” (Zipporah) got a decent result in its exclusive New York run, and Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” debuted on Netflix along with a smattering of theatrical dates (grosses hidden per usual).

Opening

Brad’s Status (Annapurna) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Toronto 2017

$100,179 in
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Rebel In The Rye – Review

The world’s obsession with J.D. Salinger has always been there. Perhaps the fact that so little of his work was ever published is a part of it. Perhaps it’s the fact that the press and readers graced him with such high praise early on in his career (possibly prematurely). Perhaps it’s the enigmatic label that he put upon himself.

Rebel In The Rye touches on many of these issues but in a rather soft-handed, unoffensive way. Most importantly, it shows J.D. Salinger at his worst – an ego-centric and tenacious singular voice. His dedication to his voice is only matched by his determination to let it be heard. Even after his death in January 2010, we still can’t stop talking about the infamous man and what made him tick.

The 2013 documentary Salinger attempted to piece together the writer’s life, thoughts, and personal quirks into an eye-opening film – yet,
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Movie Review – Rebel in the Rye (2017)

Rebel in the Rye, 2017.

Written and Directed by Danny Strong.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Lucy Boynton, Victor Garber, Hope Davis, Amy Rutberg, and Brian d’Arcy James.

Synopsis:

The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Throughout the early going of Rebel in the Rye (written and directed by Danny Strong, two-time Emmy winner for the hit television show Empire and co-writer for a few of the Hunger Games films, also based on the biography J.D. Salinger: A Life) it seems that the movie is looking to avoid plunging into the abyss that often comes from taking a historical figure and stretching the coverage of that particular person so far across a feature-length picture, that in the end there’s an unshakable feeling that all that’s being
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Rotten Tomatoes Scores Have No Effect on Box Office Numbers, New Study Claims

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Rotten Tomatoes Scores Have No Effect on Box Office Numbers, New Study Claims
The directors and producers who have attributed their film’s failure in the box office to the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes now have one fewer excuse: A recent study has revealed that there is neither a positive nor a negative correlation between Rotten Tomatoes scores and box office revenues throughout 2017.

The study, conducted by the director of the Data & Analytics Project at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center Yves Bergquist, analyzed the scores and box office returns of all 150 films released in 2017 that have earned more than $1 million so far, excluding “It.”

The study, published on Medium this past Sunday, also suggests that film critics went easier on blockbuster films in 2017 than in previous years. According to data collected, films that grossed over $300 million worldwide had a Rotten Tomatoes median score of 77.5, whereas over the previous three years, the median score was about 72.

Read More: Yes, Summer Box Office Was
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‘Rebel in the Rye’ Tops Weak Indie Box Office

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‘Rebel in the Rye’ Tops Weak Indie Box Office
With the Venice Film Festival now complete and the deals at Toronto just getting started, this weekend was a slow one for the indie box office. The lone standout this weekend was IFC’s J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” which made $44,280 from four screens for a PSA of $11,070. Written and directed by Danny Strong, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger, as he navigates his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch) while writing his most famous work, “Catcher In The Rye.” Sarah Paulson and Kevin Spacey also star. The film received a 33 percent rating on Rotten.
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It Brings Box Office Back to Life with Record-Breaking $117.1M

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Heading into the weekend, most box office analysts predicted that New Line Cinema's highly-anticipated Stephen King adaptation It would have no trouble taking the top spot at the box office, but it ended up coming in much higher than anticipated. The movie ended up setting a new September box office record, earning $117.1 million, nearly three times higher than the previous record-holder, Hotel Transylvania 2, which took in $48.5 million back in 2015. This adaptation also continues to prove that there is in fact an audience for R-rated fare.

Box Office Mojo reports that the It movie debuted in 4,103 theaters, pulling in an impressive $28,552 per-screen average. The movie has already made more than three times its $35 million budget, and it's faring well overseas also with $62 million for a worldwide total of $179.1 million. This adaptation continues the trend of R-rated fare overperforming at the box office, although it didn't quite reach the opening
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‘Rebel in the Rye’ Leads a Slow Box Office, While ‘Tulip Fever’ Wilts

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‘Rebel in the Rye’ Leads a Slow Box Office, While ‘Tulip Fever’ Wilts
Beyond ongoing releases, this is never a significant weekend; most of the specialized action is in Toronto. Outside the festival circuit, however, three-month-old hit “The Big Sick” remains on top. Young J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye” had the most traction among openers, with decent grosses considering its negative reviews.

Opening

Rebel in the Rye (IFC) Metacritic: 44; Festivals include: Sundance 2017

$44,280 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $11,070

Ongoing interest in “The Catcher in the Rye” and J.D. Salinger as well as strong theater placement helped this do good initial business in New York and Los Angeles.

What comes next: Similar appeal should be seen as this expands starting Friday in other big cities.

True to the Game (Independent)

$(est.) 500,000 in 431 theaters; PTA: $(est.) 1,160

This adaptation of a 1997 drug world thriller/romance made little impact in its nationwide mid-level release. Grosses did improve Saturday, which gives it some hope to
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‘Rebel In The Rye’ Tops Slow Weekend; ‘Dolores’ Stays Strong – Specialty B.O.

Buzz mounts at the Toronto Film Festival, but for theatrical releases, the specialties have been taking it slow this weekend. IFC Films' J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel In the Rye easily had the best start among the few reporting newcomers, grossing $44,280 in its initial four locations. The Orchard opened documentary Trophy with an exclusive run Friday taking in $3,474, while China Lion bowed its last-minute pick-up Twenty Two with 11 runs for a $20K weekend. A bright spot…
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'It' Devours Competition with Record-Breaking $117 Million Opening

'It' Devours Competition with Record-Breaking $117 Million Opening
With a monster, $117 million opening weekend Warner Bros. and New Line's It has delivered a record-breaking opening, breathing a little life back into the slumping domestic box office. The film has claimed the largest September opening, largest fall opening, the largest opening for an R-rated horror film, not to mention the largest opening weekend for a horror film of any MPAA rating, and tops Open Road's new release Home Again in second place by nearly $110 million. Overall, the film accounted for more than 75% of the combined gross for the weekend's top twelve, and we've only just begun. With an estimated $117 million, WB and New Line's It, an adaptation of the acclaimed Stephen King novel, claimed the weekend's #1 spot with ease, besting Open Road's new release of Home Again in second place by nearly $110 million, the fifth largest gap between first and second place all-time. The film also dusted the previous
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