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Exhibition Stocks Rise In Short Trading Session On Holiday Box Office Optimism

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Exhibition, a sector under heavy pressure on Wall Street in recent months, saw stocks rise across the board during today’s abbreviated trading session, reflecting investor bargain-hunting and optimism about holiday box office. AMC shares led all gainers, increasing nearly 5% to finish at $13.65. That’s still far below where they began the year ($33.80), but the stock has steadily improved since hitting a 52-week low of $10.80 on Nov. 13. Regal Cinemas shares also added »

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‘Coco’ Cooking $71M+; ‘Justice League’ At $59M+; ‘Wonder’ Wows At $31M+: Black Friday Update

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

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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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Kumail Nanjiani On How A Pitch To Judd Apatow About A Ghost Witch Movie Begat ‘The Big Sick’ – The Contenders Video

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One of the year’s biggest independent successes, The Big Sick opened Amazon Studios’ session at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders awards-season event at the DGA Theater. In front of a packed house of Academy and key guild voters, the film’s star and one of its true-life subjects, Kumail Nanjiani, joined his wife and co-writer Emily V. Gordon to discuss the genesis of the film and how they worked together to bring the story of their own unique relationship to the… »

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‘Arthur Miller: Writer’ Helmer Rebecca Miller Discusses Her Doc Portrait Of Father Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller's relevance as a playwright appears in no danger of diminishing. Only two years ago, for instance, an innovative production of his A View From the Bridge won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a play. If his reputation as an artist, thinker and person needed any further burnishing, it is amply supplied in the new documentary Arthur Miller: Writer, directed by his daughter, filmmaker Rebecca Miller. The elder Miller comes across as wise, open and funny in the… »

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Denis Villeneuve On His Love Of Sci-Fi, Working With Ridley Scott On ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & Revisiting ‘Dune’ – Behind The Lens

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There is no question that Denis Villeneuve has been on a roll of late enjoying great success with movies like his Oscar-nominated foreign-language film IncendiesPrisoners, Sicario, Arrival and now Blade Runner 2049, which is earning buzz for a second consecutive Oscar Best Director nomination following last year’s Arrival. Villeneuve sat down with me for an in-depth conversation in my new video series Behind the Lens, and we covered the waterfront with topics ranging… »

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Denzel Washington & Dan Gilroy On Why ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Never Left The ’60s Behind – The Contenders Video

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Sony Pictures devoted its entire session at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders all-day awards-season kickoff event to the new drama Roman J. Israel, Esq. which opens wide this weekend. Star Denzel Washington and writer-director Dan Gilroy joined me onstage at the DGA Theater in front of a packed crowd of Academy and key guild voters for a conversation about where Washington’s unique character came from — a socially backward activist who really has never left the spirit… »

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‘Loveless’ Director Andrey Zvyagintsev On Filmmaking In Modern-Day Russia

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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless is the Foreign Language entry from Russia this year, and one of the frontrunners for the shortlist. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North and Latin American rights to Loveless in Cannes. This is the director's third time repping his country after 2003's The Return and 2014's Oscar nominee Leviathan. The film revolves around Zhenya and Boris, who are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment… »

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Uma Thurman To Harvey Weinstein: “I’m Glad It’s Going Slowly, You Don’t Deserve A Bullet… Stay Tuned”

23 November 2017 3:42 PM, PST

Uma Thurman, who recently appeared to demonstrate extreme self-restraint when asked her thoughts on women speaking out against harassment, today wished a Happy Thanksgiving to her Instagram followers — all except Harvey Weinstein and his “wicked conspirators.” She wrote, “I’m glad it’s going slowly — you don’t deserve a bullet.” She also cited the #metoo hashtag in reference to herself. This follows an October 18 video clip that went viral on November 4, when the actress… »

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Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Youth’ Reinstated: China & U.S. Release Date Set After Sept Delay

23 November 2017 2:04 PM, PST

In September, the Chinese release of Feng Xiaogang's Youth, a coming-of-age drama about young people making peace with the past, was abruptly shelved ahead of the Middle Kingdom’s lucrative National Day holiday. In the wake of that move, U.S. distributor China Lion was obliged to postpone its planned run. Both are now back on with a December 15 day-and-date release set in the Middle Kingdom and North America. The period epic from Huyai Brothers screened at the Toronto… »

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‘Suburbicon’ Production Designer On Cobbling Together Idyllic ’50s Suburb Out Of Disparate SoCal Locations

23 November 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Tackling a period project that feels true to life, rather than an imitation of the past, is no easy feat for any production designer—but it doesn’t hurt to have lived through the period being depicted. Such was the case for Oscar-nominated production designer Jim Bissell, who has spent much of his career depicting different epochs of the American experience. Breaking out with Steven Spielberg’s E.T., Bissell sees an irony in the fact that at 66 years of age, he’s found… »

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Jane Campion: It’s A “Fairy Tale” Time For Women In The Entertainment Business

23 November 2017 7:30 AM, PST

The Piano and Top Of The Lake filmmaker Jane Campion has said the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood has made it a "fairytale" time to be a woman in the entertainment business. Speaking at the Screen Production and Development Association Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Campion said, “Women are being believed and the men fired. This is breathtaking. I have never seen anything like this solidarity and call to action in my life.” “The more we speak out, the less… »

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Allison Williams Says ‘Peter Pan’ Performance Scored Her ‘Get Out’ Role

23 November 2017 7:04 AM, PST

Girls star Allison Williams claimed that she secured her role in horror breakout Get Out thanks to her performance in NBC's Peter Pan Live! Williams played the eponymous role in the 2014 live television special and told The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon that it was this performance that convinced Jordan Peele to cast her in his Blumhouse-produced horror film, which scored global box office of $254M on a $4.5M budget. "Jordan cast me because of Peter Pan. He was like, 'If… »

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IMAX & Odeon Team Up To Launch Europe’s First Virtual Reality Experience

23 November 2017 4:35 AM, PST

IMAX has teamed with cinema chain Odeon to launch Europe's first virtual reality entertainment center. The two companies are launching the IMAX Vr Experience Centre in Manchester, England at Odeon's Trafford Centre movie theater. The center, which consists of ten "pods" that will allow customers to enjoy interactive Vr experiences, joins other Vr centers in Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto and Shanghai. IMAX is also expected to launch five more centers in the U.S and… »

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‘Tulip Fever’ Producer Alison Owen Lifts The Lid On Working With Weinstein

23 November 2017 3:31 AM, PST

Elizabeth and Suffragette producer Alison Owen has lifted the lid on working with Harvey Weinstein — highlighting the problems with challenging the disgraced movie mogul over rumors of his behavior. Former Working Title exec Owen, who worked with Weinstein on five films during his days running Miramax and The Weinstein Company, was speaking on #Me Too: The Debate, a one-off UK panel show for Viacom's Channel 5. "I knew all the rumors and everybody in the [Weinstein… »

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‘The Death Of Stalin’ Wins Three British Independent Film Awards

23 November 2017 1:59 AM, PST

Armando Iannucci's political satire The Death of Stalin has taken an early lead at The British Independent Film Awards – picking up three awards as part of the event's newly introduced craft section. The Death of Stalin, which stars Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine, Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor and centers on the last days of the Soviet dictator, won Best Casting for Sarah Crowe, Best Production Design for Cristina Casali and Best Make Up & Hair… »

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Uma Thurman Exits CAA

22 November 2017 3:56 PM, PST

Exclusive: Uma Thurman, who is making her Broadway debut starring in Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman, has just discharged CAA as her agency. She had been at CAA for the past two years. We were told that she has not chosen another agency. The Parisian Woman, for which Thurman is in previews now, is a 2013 political drama by the House of Cards creator. Directed by Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), it is set in D.C. and follows socialite Chloe (Thurman)… »

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Jillian Bell To Star In ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’; Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar & Lil Rel Howery Also Cast

22 November 2017 2:27 PM, PST

Exclusive: Jillian Bell is attached to star as the titular character in Brittany Runs a Marathon, with Michaela Watkins (Casual), Utkarsh Ambudkar (White Famous), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Micah Stock and Alice Lee rounding out the cast. The indie film marks the debut for director Paul Downs Colaizzo, who came up with the original idea the film based on. Material Pictures’ principals Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe are producing the project with Picture Films' Margot… »

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‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Dan Stevens & Christopher Plummer Turn Scrooge Origin Tale Into A Holiday Treat

22 November 2017 2:18 PM, PST

I can’t even begin to recount the endless number of film, TV and stage projects that have tried to bring Charles Dickens’ immortal yuletide classic A Christmas Carol to life. From Alastair Sim’s textbook portrayal to the likes of Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Albert Finney, the Muppets and even Mr. Magoo, you might think you’ve seen it all, but now along comes a complete original and a breath of fresh air to the saga of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past… »

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‘Darkest Hour’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ Usher Holiday – Specialty B.O. Preview

22 November 2017 2:08 PM, PST

Oscar nominee Gary Oldman takes on one of the most prominent figures of the 20th century, facing a dramatic showdown with a lethal adversary. Focus Features opens Darkest Hour in several locations Wednesday ahead of a wider roll-out later in December. Sony Pictures Classics' Call Me By Your Name begins its theatrical run after a long but vibrant festival run beginning at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. The film by Luca Guadagnino and starring Timothée Chalamet… »

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