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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles
The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant's latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival's Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever
Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered on expectations, debuting with the second largest opening weekend of all-time and propelling the box office to the third largest weekend ever based on estimates. In an attempt at counter-programming, Fox's Ferdinand got off to a bit of a slow start against the might of Star Wars as well as the continued strong performance of Pixar's Coco as it fell below Mojo's expectations, though the studio is optimistic when it comes to the film's future. With an estimated $220 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered the second largest opening weekend ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Last Jedi got off to a strong start on Thursday night with the second largest preview gross ever of $45 million and became only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day resulting in the second largest opening day ever,
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $230 million in 54 markets.

The overseas performance — led by the U.K. with $36.7 million, Germany with $23.6 million and France with $18.1 million — was slightly above sky-high expectations, which had been around $225 million. The openings did not include China, which accounts for 12% of the international market and is scheduled for a Jan. 5 launch.

With a $220 million North American opening, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” posted a $450 million worldwide total in its opening weekend — the fifth highest of all time behind “Fate of the Furious,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened in first place in all but four markets — Turkey, South Korea, India and Malaysia. It set records for the second biggest launch weekend of all time behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Australia, Germany
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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman…
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‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office

‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office
Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…
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Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Score is Used in Nearly 70% of the Movie

Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Score is Used in Nearly 70% of the Movie
Paul Thomas Anderson fans are well accustomed to how instrumental Jonnny Greenwood’s music is to the auteur’s body of work. Whether it’s the foreboding strings in “There Will Be Blood” or the discordant percussion in “The Master,” Greenwood’s original scores expertly capture Anderson’s tones. This fact is especially true in “Phantom Thread,” which marks the fourth collaboration between Anderson and Greenwood.

Variety reports that Greenwood’s score has been included in 90 minutes of the 130-minute drama, which means you’ll be hearing the score in nearly 70% of the movie. Greenwood’s music has always been important to Anderson’s films, but it’s dominant in “Phantom Thread” in a way it never has been. In some ways it acts as a Greek chorus of sorts, changing and
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‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer: A Sci-Fi Dystopia and a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reunion

‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer: A Sci-Fi Dystopia and a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reunion
Ready for more Ya dystopia? The Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines just dropped its eerie new teaser trailer online, featuring the city of London itself attached to giant Mad Max: Fury Road-style machinery. Christian Rivers helms this slice of post-apocalyptic extravaganza, with a script by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens. Watch the Mortal Engines trailer is below. Just when […]

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First ‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer Teases Peter Jackson-Penned Fantasy Epic

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Mortal Engines, the upcoming fantasy epic based on the book of the same name by Philip Reeve. The feature has been in the works for some time and boasts a screenplay by the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings writing team of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, but it’s Christian Rivers who’s in the director’s chair. Rivers began working as a storyboard artist on Jackson’s Braindead and continued to work on visual effects and second unit directing on the Lotr trilogy, The Hobbit movies, and King …
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Rian Johnson Talks Subverting Snoke Expectations and “Killing The Past” in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Rian Johnson Talks Subverting Snoke Expectations and “Killing The Past” in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
Last week, after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with writer/director Rian Johnson and we delved deep into spoilers. Naturally, I asked Johnson about subverting fan expectations with the storyline involving Supreme Leader Snoke, and the idea of “killing the past” to move the Star Wars franchise into the future. […]

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‘Mortal Engines’ to Receive 5% Bonus From New Zealand (Exclusive)

‘Mortal Engines’ to Receive 5% Bonus From New Zealand (Exclusive)
Universal Pictures’ “Mortal Engines” is to be given a 5% financial bonus by the New Zealand government.

The move, known as an uplift, is a discretionary grant, made only when a production can demonstrate significant and lasting economic benefit for the New Zealand industry. “Mortal Engines,” directed by local director Christian Rivers, was entirely shot in the country. Producers include Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker, Deborah Forte, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson.

The “Mortal Engines” story takes place thousands of years after civilization was destroyed and in their place gigantic moving cities roam the earth. It features Robert Sheehan and Hera Hilmar as two opposites who form an unlikely alliance.

The decision to give the film a 5% uplift follows the signing of a contract between the New Zealand Film Commission (Nzfc), Education New Zealand (Enz) and film producers and financiers Universal Pictures, Mrc and Hungry City. It entails a detailed marketing partnership with Nzfc and Enz to promote New Zealand
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7 Spoilery Questions We Have After ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Please be aware there The Last Jedi spoilers in this article. Considering how long we waited for a new Star Wars after the prequel trilogy, it's kind of crazy how long the wait feels between new trilogy chapters. But at last, after two very long years (and to be fair, 2017 has been especially long), the next chapter in the Star Wars saga is upon us with Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi... Which obviously means it's time to look ahead and star ponder what's in store for Episode IX. Here's the crazy thing …
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Disney Defends ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Against Fan Backlash: ‘It’s Got People Talking’

Disney Defends ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Against Fan Backlash: ‘It’s Got People Talking’
One of the biggest headlines to emerge in the wake of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opening in theaters has been the polarizing fan response to the Rian Johnson-directed sequel. Despite an “A” CinemaScore, “The Last Jedi” has riled certain fans on Reddit and social media, and many people have noticed the 56% Rotten Tomatoes user grade after over 100,000 ratings. For whatever reason, the mystery of “The Last Jedi” backlash continues to grow, so much so that Disney has felt compelled to defend it.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally ‘Star Wars’ yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new,” Disney president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis told Deadline in response to the backlash. “That makes this a ‘Star Wars’ film
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Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-Contending Short ‘Dear Basketball’ Launches On Verizon As His Iconic Lakers Jersey Numbers Are Retired

Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-Contending Short ‘Dear Basketball’ Launches On Verizon As His Iconic Lakers Jersey Numbers Are Retired
Kobe Bryant Oscar winner? The basketball great is one step further along to that improbable feat, with his first attempt at filmmaking since his retirement from the game and the Los Angeles Lakers has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Animated Short this year. Ten films were named, and Dear Basketball — from Bryant’s poem, about his love for the game and having to let it go — is one of 10 shorts to make the cut for a shot at being one of the five nominees when the…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher Wrote Leia’s Emotional Final Lines

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher Wrote Leia’s Emotional Final Lines
Carrie Fisher was many things over the course of her career: actress, writer, princess, general, and of course, script doctor. Over her 30-plus year career, she edited countless scripts and worked with a variety of renowned directors in the process. Fisher began rewriting her lines during the first Star Wars trilogy, so it seems only fitting that the last script […]

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Anna Kendrick Says ‘Pitch Perfect’ Cast Was Told To “Show More Skin”

As the #metoo campaign continues to dismantle and expose sexism, harassment, and assault in Hollywood, it’s important to remember this behavior is entrenched in the system. Change is coming, but it’s likely going to take a long time to truly turn itself around. That fact becomes particularly underlined when you hear that a franchise as innocuous as “Pitch Perfect” has seen executives trying to get its female cast members to reveal more of themselves.

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Why the Original ‘Jumanji’ Remains Relevant

The best comedies and kids films are informed by the promise and aftereffects of brutal, scarring adulthood. The Gold Rush, for all of Charlie Chaplin’s gracefully clumsy contortions, is set in a world where cannibalism, disease, and rampant death are day-to-day realities. The computer love of Wall-e is adorable until you realize that the future involves a calcified Earth and a life of seated content intake on a massive spaceship. And in Joe Johnston’s Jumanji, the youthful adventures of the protagonists barely hide ideas of loss, mortality, time, and guilt in the guise of Robin …
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Spoiler Review: The Most Exciting ‘Star Wars’ Film Yet

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Spoiler Review: The Most Exciting ‘Star Wars’ Film Yet
(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Rian Johnson‘s exciting, unpredictable Star Wars: The Last Jedi.) With Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson takes the Star Wars saga into […]

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Interactive Video in a Gallery Experience: Lisa Truitt on National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

For years the space at 226 West 44th Street in Manhattan was known as Discovery Times Square; it served as a tourist-oriented gallery space that housed temporary exhibits that alternated between artifacts like the Dead Sea Scrolls or Chinese terracotta warriors and contemporary pop—and film—culture like The Avengers, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. By and large these relied on physical items and held little relevance to those interested in film and video. On October 6, however, the space reopened as National Geographic Encounter, and the first exhibit there, Ocean Odyssey, relies entirely on interactive video, motion-tracking gaming technology, 3D animation and intricate […]
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Disney Responds To Low ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Audience Scores

Launching with the second biggest box office opening of all time, and riding a wave of positive reviews, everything should be golden for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” However, most of the conversation continues to center around the film’s low audience scores: 5 on Metacritic, IMDb’s 7.9 out of 10 rating, and Rotten Tomatoes’ Audience Score of 56%.

Read More: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Scoring Lower With Audiences On Rotten Tomatoes

It’s hard to believe that the cinematic art form, which has been around for over one hundred years, is now reduced to studios having to respond to nerds who have nothing better to do than troll blockbusters on aggregate sites.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and the Problem with Fan Theories

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow below. Fans have been patiently waiting two years for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but judging by some very vocal reactions, writer/director Rian Johnson’s sequel was far from what some were expecting. In this day and age we should be celebrating that a massive piece of blockbuster filmmaking can be this surprising, but some are outright rebuffing the twists and turns of The Last Jedi. Given that many have spent the past two years intensely speculating, theorizing, and predicting the character and plot machinations of the film, it’s hard …
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