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‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office

‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” topped Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving Day box office by $400,000 with $8.9 million at 3,987 North American sites.

The animated musical has taken in $22.2 million in its first two days, while the superhero mashup grossed $18.9 million during the same period. Projections have shown that “Coco” will wind up the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with about $70 million during the Wednesday-Sunday period, beating “Justice League” by about $10 million.

Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $55 million to $60 million range. It received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers, indicating that the film could be lifted by strong word of mouth during the rest of the holidays.

On the same holiday weekend a year ago, Disney’s “Moana” scored $25.4 million on its first two days and went on to earn $82 million over the five days. That was the second-highest opening for the period, trailing only Disney’s “Frozen” at $93 million in 2013.

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Universal Bumps Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan’s ‘Extinction’ From Release Schedule

Universal Bumps Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan’s ‘Extinction’ From Release Schedule
Universal Pictures announced Friday that it was bumping “Extinction” from its release slate — just two months before the Michael Pena-Lizzy Caplan sci-fi thriller was set to open in theaters. Director Ben Young’s film had been slated to open on January 26, 2018 and the studio did not indicate why it was pulled the release or whether it would be proceeding with distribution at a later date. Michael Peña (“Ant-Man,” “Crash”) and Lizzy Caplan (“Now You See Me 2,” “Allied”) star as a husband and wife struggling to save their family from an alien invasion. Also Read: Lizzy Caplan, Michael Pena
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WB Told Joss Whedon To Change His Comedic ‘Justice League’ Opening Scene

WB Told Joss Whedon To Change His Comedic ‘Justice League’ Opening Scene
The common narrative is that Warner Bros., upon seeing the blowback from “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” started pivoting to toward a lighter tone for their superhero franchise. Even DC Films honcho Geoff Johns declared the films needed more “heart, humor, and heroics” and said that the goal was to “make the movies fun.” However, one is beginning to wonder if anybody involved with these movies even knows what they want.

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Universal Pulls 'The Snowman' from Russian Chains in Ongoing Dispute

Universal Pulls 'The Snowman' from Russian Chains in Ongoing Dispute
The Snowman is the latest victim in an standoff between biggest Russian cinema chains and the Hollywood majors over online booking fees.

Universal has pulled its crime thriller, starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, from Formula Kino and Cinema Park, two of Russia's largest theater chains, the exhibitors confirmed Friday. Both chains are owned by Russian tycoon Alexander Mamut, and have been embroiled in a dispute for several weeks now over Rambler.Kassa, an local online ticket booking service also owned by Mamut.

In early October, the service introduced a 10 percent commission on all online cinema ticket sales....
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Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs

Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs
A group of 79 German filmmakers including Maren Ade (“Tony Erdmann”), Fatih Akin (“In the Fade”) and Robert Schwentke (“The Captain”) has called for “a new start” for the Berlin Film Festival after longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick’s contract expires in 2019.

In an open letter published by Spiegel Online, the filmmakers recommend the formation of a gender-balanced international selection committee charged with finding Kosslick’s successor and weighing fundamental changes to the event.

“The goal must be to find an outstanding curatorial personality who is passionate about cinema, well-connected internationally and capable of leading the festival into the future on an equal footing with Cannes and Venice,” the letter read. “We want a transparent procedure and a new start.”

The letter, whose signatories also include Andreas Dresen, Sebastian Schipper, Volker Schlöndorff, Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold, Doris Dörrie, Maria Schrader, Hans-Christian Schmid and Rosa von Praunheim, is seen as a public rebuke of the Kosslick era, during which the
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‘Coco’ Cooking $71M+; ‘Justice League’ At $59M+; ‘Wonder’ Wows At $31M+: Black Friday Update

‘Coco’ Cooking $71M+; ‘Justice League’ At $59M+; ‘Wonder’ Wows At $31M+: Black Friday Update
Black Friday Writethru: While Friday was definitely a great day at the box office with the top 25 films making approximately $72M to last year’s $71M Black Friday, still everything came in a little lighter. Industry estimates now see Disney/Pixar’s Coco at $19.7M for Friday, on a path to a $49M 3-day and a $71.7M 5-day. That’s still ahead of Pixar’s Good Dinosaur ($15.5M Fri, $39.1M Fss, $55.4M 5-day) two years ago (and that bombed), and a few steps behind last year’s Moan…
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Weinstein inquiry: police departments likely to join forces, experts say

Authorities in New York, London and Los Angeles are pursuing criminal cases against film producer facing a flood of sexual misconduct accusations

Detectives in several cities investigating Harvey Weinstein for sex crimes are likely to be collaborating as they build evidence and assess whether the film producer can be arrested and charged, experts believe.

Investigators in New York, London and Los Angeles have opened criminal cases against Weinstein in the last six weeks, as the disgraced producer faces lawsuits on both sides of the Atlantic following a flood of accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Luc Besson: acclaimed French director's studio struggles after losses

EuropaCorp examines its debts and considers sell-off after being hit by disappointing box office for sci-fi spectacular Valerian

The French filmmaker Luc Besson’s production studio has said it is considering “different options” to raise cash and cut costs after sinking to record losses.

The announcement comes after the underwhelming box-office take for Besson’s science-fiction spectacular Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Although the film brought in more than $225m, a poor performance in the Us market left Besson’s EuropaCorp struggling to make up for its $177m it cost to produce – an astronomical sum for a French production.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Unveils Daniel Day-Lewis Fashion Romance ‘Phantom Thread’

Paul Thomas Anderson Unveils Daniel Day-Lewis Fashion Romance ‘Phantom Thread’
“I’m a f—ing movie director — I don’t know anything about obsession,” filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson said sarcastically after the first-ever screening of his new film “Phantom ThreadFriday night.

Indeed, the six-time Oscar nominee’s latest work does revolve around that very concept, which has been famously explored by masters like Alfred Hitchcock. Anderson even boldly name-checked Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” and “Vertigo” as touchstones. But there’s also a dash of reflexive cinema in there; if you define a film as the manifestation of a single vision by an army of artisans at the whim of a sovereign, well, that’s exactly what Anderson has explored here, albeit within the context of 1950s London couture.

Phantom Thread” stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock, an esteemed fashion designer of the era whose world is up-ended by the arrival of Alma (Vicky Krieps), a forthright woman not content to simply play the part of the demure
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Paul Thomas Anderson Says ‘Phantom Thread’ Script A ‘Real Collaboration’ With Daniel Day-Lewis

A post-Thanksgiving treat, “Phantom Thread” has finally been unveiled to the press and guild masses. Thanks to a print and social media embargo we can’t discuss the film for quite some time (in all fairness, 20th Century Fox and Amblin have put the same embargo on “The Post”), but we are able to report on the post-screening Q&A. And, no, Daniel Day-Lewis was not on hand (New York audiences will be the lucky ones for that experience).

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First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says

First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says
The new Paul Thomas Anderson movie “Phantom Thread” is under review embargo, of course, but Focus Features started screening the late arrival for various guild and Academy voters and press, who at the first screening Friday gave a hearty round of applause to the ‘50s London romance set in the high-couture fashion world.

PTA wrote the script for Daniel Day-Lewis, hoping it would pass muster with the finicky actor who agreed to star as fussy women’s designer Reynolds Woodcock, which could be the retiring actor’s last role. Anderson relied on Lewis more than he did in “There Will Be Blood” (which won Ddl his second of three Oscars), because “I don’t speak English, I speak American,” Anderson said at the post-screening Q&A at the Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining him were Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps (“A Most Wanted Man”), who plays Woodcock’s love interest,
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First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says

First ‘Phantom Thread’ Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson Had More Fittings Than Shooting Days, Lesley Manville Says
The new Paul Thomas Anderson movie “Phantom Thread” is under review embargo, of course, but Focus Features started screening the late arrival for various guild and Academy voters and press, who at the first screening Friday gave a hearty round of applause to the ‘50s London romance set in the high-couture fashion world.

PTA wrote the script for Daniel Day-Lewis, hoping it would pass muster with the finicky actor who agreed to star as fussy women’s designer Reynolds Woodcock, which could be the retiring actor’s last role. Anderson relied on Lewis more than he did in “There Will Be Blood” (which won Ddl his second of three Oscars), because “I don’t speak English, I speak American,” Anderson said at the post-screening Q&A at the Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining him were Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps (“A Most Wanted Man”), who plays Woodcock’s love interest,
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Most Difficult Craft Challenges for Director Denis Villeneuve

‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Most Difficult Craft Challenges for Director Denis Villeneuve
Blade Runner 2049” offered the most complex set of craft challenges yet for director Denis Villeneuve. He had an ambitious vision for picking up where Ridley Scott left off 30 years later, exploring dystopia, humanity, and memory in a way that was linked personally, emotionally, and intellectually. And that entailed a much more involved collaborative process with master cinematographer Roger Deakins, production designer Dennis Gassner, and the rest of the below-the-line team.

But it first began with lighting, and, for the first time, Villeneuve worked out a thematic visual plan with Deakins that drove the narrative about Ryan Gosling’s blade runner/replicant K becoming “more human than human.” And this visual journey enabled the movie to have a hypnotic, dream-like quality. It began with the opening of Ana’s eye (the memory designer played by Carla Juri) and concluded with K’s last waking, cathartic moment in the snow.

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: ‘Wonder’ Makes Awards Play; ‘Dunkirk’ Storms The Q&A Circuit; Netflix Sends A Pig To Voters

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Is Wonder the latest entry into this season’s awards battle? When Lionsgate moved the film from its original date to mid November some pundits misread that as an indication they were preparing for an Oscar run, but the studio actually just wanted to be in the lucrative holiday period for a family film , especially with kids out of school. Sources at the distributor have consistently maintained that they…
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Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, who started as an actor and went on to become a prolific TV director throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, died Nov. 19 in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 86.

Baldwin won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing “The Wonder Years” and a Cable Ace Award for “Dream On.”

Born in Winnetka, Ill., he was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including “Stalag 17,” “Little Boy Lost” and Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in “The Tin Star” and “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and Doris Day.

After touring with Julie Harris in “The Warm Peninsula” play, Baldwin moved to Italy, where he appeared in films by Robert Rossellini, Dino Risi and Francesco Rosi. There he started
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Peddling Pictures Launches With Discovery’s ‘Prison Food’ (Exclusive)

Award-winning filmmaker Aditya Thayi has teamed with former Endemol Shine head of line production Kavitha Wijeyaratne to start Singapore production outfit Peddling Pictures.

The company has a paid-up capital of Us$500,000 with a further Us$2 million being raised from investors in Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

First up for Peddling Pictures is “Prison Food,” a non-fiction original series for Discovery Networks that is currently in production. Filming begins in December on Mediacorp’s feature documentary “Singapore After Dark” to be released on Singapore’s National Day in 2018. It is expected to use breakthrough night-time photography technology.

After directing and producing more than 150 hours of international content for Sony Entertainment Television, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Networks and Aetn, Thayi and Wijeyaratne are now diversifying into fiction.

Peddling Pictures is in development on six-part fiction series “Nightwatch” set in the dark, seedy world of extra-judicial killings in the barangays (small districts) of Manila. Also in development
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Sgiff: Controversial ‘Sexy Durga’ set for Singapore Debut

Sgiff: Controversial ‘Sexy Durga’ set for Singapore Debut
Singapore audiences will get a chance to view controversial Indian film “Sexy Durga.” The award-winning Malayalam-language film directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is set to play at the Singapore International Film Festival on Saturday.

Set over one night, the film follows a young couple on the run in Kerala as they are harassed by a cross-section of society. The film is a comment on the poor situation of women’s safety in India.

The film won the Hivos Tiger award in Rotterdam where it premiered earlier this year. It has been on the global festival circuit since then, picking up accolades and awards along the way.

Matters are not so rosy in India. Durga is the name of a Hindu goddess and a common Indian female name. India’s Central Board of Film Certification ordered the title to be changed from “Sexy Durga” to “S Durga” and the muting of 21 swear words. But it did
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Taiwan’s ‘Cock Robin’ Heads for North America With Cheng Cheng

New York-based Cheng Cheng Films has picked up North American rights to Taiwanese psychological crime thriller “Who Killed Cock Robin?”. The film is a front runner in the Golden Horse Awards which will be presented later today in Taipei. It is nominated in five categories, including best picture.

The film is directed by Cheng Wei-hao, who previously made hit “The Tag-Along.” It follows an ambitious journalist’s probe into a hit and run accident he witnessed years earlier.

It stars Mason Lee (“The Hangover Part II,” “Lucy”,) the Taiwanese-American actor who is the son of two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Lee senior will be on hand to present awards at the Golden Horse ceremony.

Cheng Cheng plans a theatrical release for the film in Spring 2018. The company, which specializes in Chinese-language cinema, has previously handled “One Night Only,” Absurd Accident,” and “Soulmate.”

International rights are handled by Tapei-based Mandarinvision. The company
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Michael Pena-Lizzy Caplan Movie ‘Extinction’ Disappears From Universal Schedule

Michael Pena-Lizzy Caplan Movie ‘Extinction’ Disappears From Universal Schedule
Universal has pulled science-fiction thriller “Extinction” from its Jan. 26 release date just two months before its release date. The change will let the studio “explore other options,” sources said.

The film stars Michael Pena (“Ant-Man”) and Lizzy Caplan (“Now You See Me 2,” “Allied”) as a husband and wife. His character has a recurring nightmare of losing his family and that bad dream becomes a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. “Luke Cage” star Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard and Lex Shrapnel also star.

Ben Young directed from a script by Eric Heisserer, Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane and shot the film in Serbia during the spring. Young also directed “Hounds of Love.” Heisserer was nominated for an Academy Award for his “Arrival” screenplay.

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville, who backed “Beauty and the Beast,” are producing. Mandeville’s Alexander Young is an executive producer
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The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (November 2017)

https://youtu.be/bLD_4MwUOqg [Last Updated: November 24th] We’ve all been there. You've decided you’re going to watch a movie. You have the entirety of Netflix at your disposal, including even a pared down list of films you’ve already noted to watch at a future date. But then there’s the choosing. You’ve gotta find something that fits your mood, or something you and your friend/significant other/couch companion can agree on. You spend hours browsing, and by the time you stumble on something you think maybe is the one, it’s too late, …
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