Movie News

'Black Panther' Continues Dominance in Second Weekend, Topping $700 Million Worldwide

'Black Panther' Continues Dominance in Second Weekend, Topping $700 Million Worldwide
Disney and Marvel's Black Panther continued its box office domination this weekend, becoming only the fourth film to ever deliver over $100 million in its second weekend as well as joining Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically. Meanwhile, the weekend's new wide releases finished mostly as expected with WB's release of New Line's Game Night leading the way with a second place finish while Paramount's Annihilation landed in fourth and Orion's Every Day finished within the top ten. With an estimated $108 million, Black Panther delivered the second largest second weekend of all-time, improving on Jurassic World's $106.5 million second weekend back in June 2015. Black Panther's domestic gross now stands at $400 million, which places it alongside Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically. However, given the way Black Panther has been outperforming estimates since release, don't be surprised to
See full article at Box Office Mojo »

'Last Man in Aleppo's' Feras Fayyad Talks Being the First Oscar-Nominated Syrian

'Last Man in Aleppo's' Feras Fayyad Talks Being the First Oscar-Nominated Syrian
When he was a student in film school, Feras Fayyad listed on a card the awards ceremonies he planned to attend one day and kept it in his wallet. Years later, when war broke out, the Syrian filmmaker was arrested, held for nine months and tortured. He escaped to Turkey when he was finally released and is now based in Copenhagen and California. With his latest movie, Last Men in Aleppo, about the fearless White Helmets, a citizen collective dedicated to rescuing bombing victims from rubble, Fayyad ticked off the lead item on the card in his wallet — he is...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges

Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges
Looking at the full-page movie ads in the Sunday The New York Times, one might think the upcoming movies are “Phantom Thread,” “Dunkirk,” and “Darkest Hour.” Nearly all the Arts & Leisure film ads were for Oscar contenders.

That’s where the specialized market finds itself after a successful four-month awards season. But those films, many of which are already streaming, are played out with not much gas left in the tank.

What will fill that void? So far, apart from some late-breaking modest foreign-language Oscar contenders (all lagging behind their predecessors) and minor initial interest in Sally Potter’s British import “The Party” (Roadside Attractions), now in its second week, the cupboards are bare. It looks like trouble at the arthouses until some fresh product opens and hopefully clicks.

“Young Karl Marx” (The Orchard) had a credible two-city debut this week, which is a positive sign. But it isn’t
See full article at Indiewire »

2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars
At Saturday’s Cinema Audio Society Awards, “Dunkirk” edged out three of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Mixing — “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — as well as “Wonder Woman” for the top award. The Cas snubbed “Blade Runner: 2049,” which won big with the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Feb. 18

This win for “Dunkirk” does not guarantee that it will take home the Oscar. Only 12 of the 24 winners with the Cas have repeated at the Academy Awards.

Predict Oscar winners now; change them till March 4

“Coco” won best sound mixing in an animated feature over “Cars 3,””Despicable Me 3,” “Ferdinand” and “The Lego Batman Movie.” And “Jane” claimed the documentary feature prize over “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” “Gaga: Five Feet Two,” and “Long Strange Trip.”

On the TV front, “Game of Thrones” won on the
See full article at Gold Derby »

What Makes 'Annihilation' a Different Type of Female-Driven Movie

What Makes 'Annihilation' a Different Type of Female-Driven Movie
[This story contains spoilers for Annihilation]

“All women,” notes Lena, the lead character of Alex Garland’s new science-fiction film Annihilation, immediately before embarking on a dark and mysterious mission. Lena, played by the fiercely committed Natalie Portman, is one of five women heading into a strange disaster zone in the swamps of Florida dubbed “The Shimmer” in the hopes of understanding how it descended and is expanding upon the land. Annihilation, then, is a film largely about that quintet of women and how they struggle to cope with the mutations that they encounter within the Shimmer; it’s a haunting and...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Agnes Varda on Being "A Star of the Margins"

Agnes Varda on Being
The final scene in Agnes Varda and Jr’s Faces Places sees the elusive artist Jr finally take off his sunglasses, concluding what had been a touchy subject for the two throughout the film.

The moment comes after they set out to visit Varda’s old friend Jean-Luc Godard, whose presence is a running theme of the film, but he stands them up with a tersely scrawled note on his window.

Godard had once famously taken off his sunglasses for Varda; she’d been wanting Jr to do the same. The pivotal scene comes at last — with the joke being that the...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

2018 Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: Oscar frontrunner ‘Darkest Hour’ takes two

2018 Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: Oscar frontrunner ‘Darkest Hour’ takes two
At the Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Feb. 24, Oscar frontrunner “Darkest Hour” won two of its three races: special makeup effects and best period/character makeup. It lost best period/character hairstyling to “I, Tonya.”

Among those films that “Darkest Hour” edged out for best special makeup effects was “Wonder,” one of its two Oscar rivals for Best Makeup & Hairstyling. That film contended on the contemporary side here and lost its bid for hairstyling to “Pitch Perfect 3″ and makeup to “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2.” The third Oscar nominee, “Victoria and Abdul,” was snubbed by the guild.

Sign Up for Gold Derby’s free newsletter with latest predictions

While each of the five guild races has five contenders, members do not always nominate those films that made the shortlist for the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar. Likewise, it often cites films that failed to make the cut with
See full article at Gold Derby »

‘Black Panther’ Remains on Track to Break Comic-Book Box Office Records

‘Black Panther’ Remains on Track to Break Comic-Book Box Office Records
Black Panther” stands a chance to become the biggest comic-book movie in history. Dropping only 46 percent in its second weekend, it’s reached $400 million in 10 days. And even more impressive than the low drop is its comes after a first weekend with a pre-holiday Sunday.

In adjusted numbers, “Panther” ranks as the fifth best second weekend ever, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” “The Avengers,” and the first “Spider-Man.” However, it’s by far the best second weekend before May. While it dropped more than “Wonder Woman” last June, it “only” opened a bit over $100 million, about half as well as “Panther.”

Ten days in, “Black Panther” is $22 million behind the adjusted figure for “The Avengers” in 2012. But with its smaller second-weekend drop (“Avengers” fell 50 percent), it remains in the race to equal that film’s (adjusted) $706 million.

It only needs $619 million to top “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,
See full article at Indiewire »

New ‘Stranger Things 3’ Character Descriptions Surface

New ‘Stranger Things 3’ Character Descriptions Surface
When Stranger Things 2 debuted on Netflix last fall, the memorable cast of characters from the first season of the sci-fi horror series was joined be several new, key characters. The likes of Sean Astin, Brett Gelman, Dacre Montgomery, Sadie Sink and Paul Reiser expanded the world of Stranger Things and each character was key […]

The post New ‘Stranger Things 3’ Character Descriptions Surface appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Season 3: Bruce Campbell Says ‘Things Go Bad Real Quick’ — and a New Movie Is Possible

‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Season 3: Bruce Campbell Says ‘Things Go Bad Real Quick’ — and a New Movie Is Possible
After all these years, Bruce Campbell is still fighting the deadites. His decades-long battle continues on the new season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” which premieres tonight on Starz and on which the actor says things are going to “go bad real quick.”

“Ash’s world is always going to go to shit,” Campbell adds in an Entertainment Weekly interview. “That’s what it’s all about. If Ash isn’t eating a shit sandwich, he starves.” As for whether the show will live to see another season, he says that “we won’t know till the middle of March. We’re in the horrible television limbo right now.”

The series began on the big screen, of course, and Campbell suggests that it could return. “If they take us off the air, we can think about another movie. And if they don’t, we can just keep plugging away.” It
See full article at Indiewire »

Stephen King Poem ‘The Bone Church’ is Becoming a TV Show

Stephen King Poem ‘The Bone Church’ is Becoming a TV Show
Everyone wants to get in on the Stephen King business, but what do you do when most King novels and stories have already been adapted or optioned? You turn to a Stephen King poem! Now, King’s poem The Bone Church will be developed as a TV series. The blockbuster success of It has turned Stephen King adaptations […]

The post Stephen King Poem ‘The Bone Church’ is Becoming a TV Show appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

Theme Park Bits: Toy Story Land Opening Date Set, Meet Black Panther Now, ‘Wicker Man’ Ride Looks Awesome

Theme Park Bits: Toy Story Land Opening Date Set, Meet Black Panther Now, ‘Wicker Man’ Ride Looks Awesome
In this edition of Theme Park Bits: See the announcement of the opening date for Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World. All hail, King T’Challa! The time of Black Panther has arrived at Disneyland Resort. Stunning new pics let you feel the burn of The Wicker Man roller coaster in England. There will soon […]

The post Theme Park Bits: Toy Story Land Opening Date Set, Meet Black Panther Now, ‘Wicker Man’ Ride Looks Awesome appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

Alejandro González Iñárritu Thinks the ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ Crew Should ‘Absolutely’ Be Allowed to Attend the Oscars — Watch

Alejandro González Iñárritu Thinks the ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ Crew Should ‘Absolutely’ Be Allowed to Attend the Oscars — Watch
Alejandro González Iñárritu is one of only three filmmakers to win the Academy Award for Best Director two years in a row, which is to say he knows a good deal about attending the actual ceremony. And though he isn’t the type of celebrity you expect TMZ to ambush at the airport with timely questions, he was nevertheless asked his opinion on the Oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo” crew being denied visas to make their way to next week’s ceremony — and thinks they “absolutely” should be allowed to.

“I didn’t know that. It’s insane,” a clearly surprised Iñárritu says when first asked about the situation. “Absolutely, I think so — unless the directors are considered criminals,” which they’re not. Syria will not expedite the travel visas of producer Kareem Abeed and star Mahmoud Al-Hattar, making it extremely unlikely they’ll be able to attend. “When we are banned,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Operation Red Sea’ Tops Newcomers; ’The Shape of Water’ Crosses $55M – Specialty Box Office

‘Operation Red Sea’ Tops Newcomers; ’The Shape of Water’ Crosses $55M – Specialty Box Office
Thriller debuts were ubiquitous this weekend among the Specialties, and China's Operation Red Sea took the highest gross, taking in $510K in 45 theaters. The Orchard communed The Young Karl Marx in a trio of runs this weekend taking in a decent gross of $28,599. Other openers included Oscilloscope's November in an exclusive run with $4,300 and IFC Films' sci-fi thriller The Cured with Ellen Page in three locations landing at $5,332. Sony Pictures Classics widened Russian…
See full article at Deadline »

What Is the John C. Reilly Award, and How Did Michael Stuhlbarg Just Become the First Person to Win It in 15 Years?

What Is the John C. Reilly Award, and How Did Michael Stuhlbarg Just Become the First Person to Win It in 15 Years?
John C. Reilly did something exceedingly rare back in 2002: appeared in three different Best Picture nominees. His roles in “Gangs of New York,” “Chicago,” and “The Hours” — all of which premiered within a week of each other — are now the basis for what FiveThirtyEight has appropriately dubbed the John C. Reilly Award, which is “figuratively bestowed on the actor who appears in the most best picture nominees in a single year, with a minimum of three required for consideration.”

This year’s winner — and, in fact, the first one since Reilly himself — is none other than Michael Stuhlbarg.

The oft-snubbed actor had supporting roles in “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Call Me by Your Name”; he was considered a potential Best Supporting Actor nominee for his lovely performance in Luca Guadagnino’s romantic drama, but those dreams, unfortunately, went the way of first love.

Prior to Reilly,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Seven Seconds’: Clare-Hope Ashitey on a Potential Season 2 and Getting Inspiration From Paul Newman

  • Indiewire
‘Seven Seconds’: Clare-Hope Ashitey on a Potential Season 2 and Getting Inspiration From Paul Newman
The 2018 version of Paul Newman in “The Verdict” may be Clare-Hope Ashitey in the new Netlfix drama “Seven Seconds.” At the very least, it was an inspiration for director Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”), who told the show’s star to watch the 1982 film in preparation for her role as Kj Harper. “It was interesting to look at a film that was about a flawed person and how they dealt with a situation,” she told IndieWire during a recent press event.

In the dense Netflix crime drama created by “The Killing’s” Veena Sud, the character of Kj definitely has no shortage of flaws as a prosecutor whose determination to get justice for a black teenager is held back by her struggles with alcoholism as well as the chaos that is the American legal system. It’s a complicated character that demands a complicated depiction: “If you are watching a fairy tale,
See full article at Indiewire »

Broadway’s Elsa Sings New Song “Monster” From the ‘Frozen’ Musical

Broadway’s Elsa Sings New Song “Monster” From the ‘Frozen’ Musical
You won’t be able to let go of this new tune from the highly anticipated Frozen musical. The stage adaptation of the insanely popular Disney animated movie will debut on Broadway this spring, but you’ll get to hear one of its 12 new original songs right now. “Let It Go” was the powerful song that launched Frozen […]

The post Broadway’s Elsa Sings New Song “Monster” From the ‘Frozen’ Musical appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

HFPA Launches Investigation Into Brendan Fraser’s Sexual Assault Accusation Against Former President

HFPA Launches Investigation Into Brendan Fraser’s Sexual Assault Accusation Against Former President
This week’s sad, moving profile of Brendan Fraser included one especially troubling detail: Fraser alleging that the former President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, best known as the group that hosts the Golden Globes, groped him in 2003. Following that accusation, the HFPA says it is “investigating further details” about the incident involving Philip Berk.

“The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article,” the organization writes in a statement shared with Us Weekly. “Over the years we’ve continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony and participating in press conferences. This report includes alleged information that the HFPA was previously unaware of and at this time we are investigating further details surrounding the incident.”

“His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Black Panther’ Powers Past $300 Million at International Box Office

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” has grossed an impressive $83.8 million in its second weekend in about 83% of international markets, lifting the superhero tentpole to $304 million overseas.

Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of a fictional African nation, now has a worldwide total of $704 million through Sunday — making it the 10th largest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having already passed “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man.”

The U.K. has led the way for “Black Panther” on the foreign front with $41.2 million, followed by South Korea with $36 million.

Russia opened this weekend solely in Imax/Deluxe formats with $2.6 million, close to the same level as “Thor: Ragnarok,” and opens wide on Feb. 26. Vietnam launched with $2.5 million, including previews, the fifth biggest opening weekend in industry history.

The best holds came in West Africa, where the gross rose 7% from the record-setting opening weekend. In South Africa, the second weekend declined only 4% and was the third biggest weekend ever, behind
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Copyright law failed me in Groundhog Day case | Letters

The heartbreak is not that I didn’t get money but that I didn’t get credit after the 1993 film used the same idea as my 1981 novel One Fine Day, writes Leon Arden

Re your article on cases of plagiarism in Hollywood (Haven’t we seen it all before?, G2, 23 February), Groundhog Day didn’t rip off my screenplay but my 1981 novel One Fine Day. And in dismissing my complaint Judge Chin, in Arden v Columbia Pictures (7 December 1995), said: “I appreciate [Mr Arden’s] frustration at seeing his idea of a man trapped in a repeating day used without his consent, in a movie that grossed more than $70 million, not one cent of which he has received. Again, however, ideas are not copyrightable…”

The heartbreak is not that I didn’t get money but that I didn’t get credit. The problem is that copyright laws are not yet sophisticated enough to differentiate
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.