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The fifth annual Middleburg Film Festival will run from Oct. 19-22 in the picturesque community of Middleburg, Va. Festival directors Sheila Johnson and Susan Koch boast of their setting, an hour from Washington, D.C., and 30 minutes from Dulles Intl. Airport, as well as a starry slate of Oscar contenders and provocative indie gems.
“We’re situated in horse and wine country, which makes for a very intimate setting,” says Johnson, who founded the festival in 2012. Since when it has grown considerably.
“We’re attracting roughly 4,000 visitors, and we’re a completely walkable festival,” Koch says. “We’ll be screening 25 films at various venues all across town, and even if we don’t have a traditional theater in Middleburg, that hasn’t stopped us from putting on a terrific event. Everything from the town’s community center to the library to the performing arts school is retrofitted with Dcp technology for the screenings. When [link=nm »
- Nick Clement
(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?) Everything changed in episode 7 of American Horror Story: Cult. Presenting its overarching story in three acts: Ally’s crumbling sanity, a closer look at Kai Anderson’s (Evan Peters) inner circle, […]
- Aaron Pruner
The Oscar-buzzed film is refreshingly queer, filled with an authenticity that sanitised disappointments such as Dallas Buyers Club and Stonewall still fail to include
It has been a landmark year for Lgbt cinema. From Moonlight’s Oscar victory to the triumphant Sundance premieres of gay romances God’s Own Country and Call Me By Your Name; from the transgender breakthrough of Chile’s A Fantastic Woman to the mainstream politicking of Battle of the Sexes, we’re seeing a wider-than-ever array of approaches to sexuality on film, no longer confined to the arthouse fringe.
Related: After the Moonlight fades: what's next for Lgbt cinema
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- Guy Lodge
As TVLine reported back in July, the original Mayans Mc pilot, which was shot last winter, was scrapped for creative reasons. Norberto Barba (The Bridge, Preacher, The Path) was brought in direct a new pilot from a script by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and filmmaker Elgin James. Several »
Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted in competition in Cannes and scored fresh acclaim at the New York Film Festival, is a day-and-date Netflix release, so no numbers are reported. It’s likely that the family comedy starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, who all did substantial press, played well enough at high-end theaters in New York and L.A. to take a bite out of its competitors.
Despite the lack of reported numbers, a glance at the pre-buy seating chart for the Landmark theater in West Los Angeles for Sunday shows in a theater with over 100 seats that are close to sellouts hours ahead of time suggests a weekend total that might be roughly $20,000 (roughly).That’s impressive for a film that any Netflix subscriber can see at home.
Other openers continued the string of movies about real people that are dominating the specialized release schedule. »
- Tom Brueggemann
In an effort to break out of my silence -- October is my favorite month so why has it been so hard? -- micro thoughts on 5 Oscar hopefuls I meant to review but didn't. Whoops. Please to discuss in the comments.
Capsule: A timely well-crafted look back to the beginnings of a gender war that's depressingly still raging and a soupçon of queer romance to give it unique personality. Dayton & Faris's light touch is the right choice for this briskly-paced but delicately felt recreation of a pivotal American moment. Emma Stone is perfection as the heroic tight shouldered athlete at the center. Just discussed on the podcast. B+
Oscar Chances: This one could go either way. »
- NATHANIEL R
A simple listing, duplicated from the in cinemas Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).
opening this week Breathe Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Goodbye Christopher Robin The Foreigner Happy Death Day Marshall I’m planning to see… The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) The Secret Scripture
2017’s films, ranked by maryann
all reviews, 1997–today
now in cinemas Battle of the Sexes The Big Sick Brigsby Bear California Typewriter Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Detroit Dolores Dunkirk Faces Places The Florida Project The Glass Castle Ingrid Goes West Lady Macbeth Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) Loving Vincent Lucky Maudie Patti Cake$ Polina School Life Spider-Man: Homecoming Step Stronger Take My Nose… Please! 13 Minutes (aka Elser) The Unknown Girl Viceroy’s House Victoria & Abdul »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While I believe Sarah Silverman can be pretty hit-or-miss, I do genuinely like her in things. She was great in Wreck-it Ralph, and did a pretty good job in the upcoming Battle Of The Sexes. I also like her stand-up, which is why I'm looking forward to her upcoming Hulu series I Love You, America. Here's the official synopsis: From inciting treason to telling poop jokes, Sarah Silverman has created her fair... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Nathaniel, Nick, Joe and Chris try and catch up with movies the podcast hasn't covered
Index (42 minutes)
00:01 Battle of the Sexes
12:00 mother!, interpretations, Q & A culture
34:00 Beach Rats
39:15 silliness and sign-offs
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? »
- NATHANIEL R
Nancy Utley has been a studio powerhouse for 30 years. She started at 20th Century Fox in 1986, then moved to Fox Searchlight in 1999. She became president of the specialty arm in 2009, overseeing all aspects of the films alongside fellow prez Stephen Gilula. Their box office has been successful, and their awards track record is terrific, including 117 Oscar nominations and best picture wins for “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman.” This season they have a strong awards lineup that includes “The Shape of Water,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”
Utley is also a big proponent of mentoring, working with such programs as Fox’s high potential employee program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Step Up Women’s Network, Film Independent’s Project Involve and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Gold Program. She is on the boards of AMPAS, Lupus La and Film Independent.
What were your »
- Tim Gray
Navy for fall? Groundbreaking (we know). But we’re not just talking about the standard, sedate navy sweater or pants. The navy that’s trending this season is not only worn head-to-toe, but in interesting silhouettes and fabrics – like satin, velvet, lace and silk – and it’s fun, flirty, sophisticated and modern. Celebrities have been pushing boundaries with the typically neutral hue, wearing off-the-shoulder sparkly navy fringe like Sarah Jessica Parker, sheer ruffles with voluminous sleeves and pants like Kelly Rowland and head-to-toe velvet corduroy like Emma Stone. We’ve found the best under-$100 navy pieces to try out for your next night out, »
- Kami Phillips
Anyone who didn’t grew up in the 1970s and 1980s might not understand why it was so difficult for Billie Jean King to come out as a prominent athlete and public figure. »
- Sasha Stone
Some love never dies—or so we hope. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were the couple that everyone was rooting for. The two met during the filming of The Amazing Spider-Man, where Andrew played a young Peter Parker and Emma was his love interest Gwen Stacy. They proceeded to date and gave us all relationship goals for four amazing, love-filled years until their amicable split in 2015. Recently, Andrew has been out promoting his latest film Breathe while Emma has been supporting her new project Battle of the Sexes. At the Breathe premiere last night, Andrew spoke highly of the film and the true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish it tries to tell. The »
Although it debuted with over $32 million and held the top spot for the weekend box office, the thirty-five years in the making sequel Blade Runner 2049, fell south of the film’s $45-$55 million expectations. Despite mostly positive reviews, the film may have a long climb to ensure that it’s a domestic hit.
The survival epic The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba finished in second-place with $10.1 million, just edging out the Stephen King adaptation It, which brought in another $10 million in its fifth week of release, to bring its domestic total to $305.2 million. The animated My Little Pony: The Movie debuted with $8.8 million. Elsewhere, Kingsman: The Golden Circle added another $8.1 million to its three-week total of $80 million to close out this week’s top film.
- Mike Tyrkus
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Blade Runner 2049 - $31.5 million ($31.5 million total) 2. The Mountain Between Us - $10.1 million ($10.1 million total) 3. It - $9.6 million ($304.9 million total) 4. My Little Pony - $8.8 million ($8.8 million total) 5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - $8.1 million ($79.9 million total) 6. American Made - $8.0 million ($30.4 million total) 7. The Lego Ninjago Movie - $6.7 million ($43.8 million total) 8. Victoria & Abdul - $4.1 million ($5.9 million total) 9. Flatliners - $3.8 million ($12.3 million total) 10. Battle of the Sexes - $2.4 million ($7.6 million total) The Big Stories Warner Bros. has been on quite the run lately. Since putting the disaster of King Arthur...
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- Erik Childress
Anyone who’s anyone in Hollywood has a side hustle in the beauty and fashion world. Whether they collaborate on a clothing line or serve as the face of a high-end brand, the amount of stars who have dual professions is impossible to tally up. So it comes as no surprise that the biggest names in movies and music, Emma Stone and Adam Levine respectively, just signed their own a deal with the two biggest fashion houses in Paris.
It was announced on Sunday that Stone signed a contract with the French luxury brand Louis Vuitton as its newest ambassador »
- Colleen Kratofil
Thirty-five years after the Ridley Scott sci-fi original (which was not an initial box office success but grew into a cult favorite), the long-aborning sequel “Blade Runner: 2049” had much to recommend it: rave reviews, Denis Villeneuve directing his follow-up to sci-fi Oscar-winner “Arrival”; Ryan Gosling’s first wide release since “La La Land”; a committed multi-generational smart sci-fi fan base.
So why did the movie fall short of expectations? It was expected to score at least $40 million domestically against a $155-185-million budget: $31 million marks a serious under-performer and suggests that to the extent that Villeneuve channeled the original, he may have delivered an artistic achievement that is not mainstream.
With most of the world outside Asia already playing the film, the initial foreign $81 million take will not yield $300-million worldwide — which is close to what the movie cost to make and market (shared by Alcon Entertainment and financier »
- Tom Brueggemann
While New Line Cinema's It remake managed to salvage a horrid summer box office season, last weekend marked a return to the box office's slumping ways with a slew of underperforming newcomers. As expected though, Warner Bros.' Blade Runner 2049 debuted at just the right time to put the box office back on track, opening in the top spot with a decent $31.5 million. While it still came in far under most box office predictions, it still helped the box office get back on track for what could be a strong fall season.
This Blade Runner sequel opened in 4,058 theaters, earning a decent $7,769 per-screen average in the top spot at the box office this weekend. It also earned an additional $50.2 million this weekend, to bring its worldwide opening weekend total to $81.7 million. Still, that figure represents roughly half of its $150 million production budget, and since the project isn't slated to open in China, »
by Nathaniel R
Weekend Box Office (October 6th-8th)
- NATHANIEL R
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.
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 »
- Tom Brueggemann
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