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‘The Trip to Spain’ Trailer: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Reunite for a Third Adventure

19 March 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are teaming up again in “The Trip to Spain,” and a new trailer teases more of the same pithy conversations fans love. The duo reunited with director Michael Winterbottom for the series, which will air in the UK, and the subsequent feature-length edit that’s headed to America, set to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. “Spain” is the third entry in the series, following 2010’s “The Trip” and 2014’s “The Trip to Italy.”

Read More: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s ‘The Trip To Spain’ To Be Sold At Cannes

Coogan recently spoke to UK publication The Version about how growing older is a central theme in “Spain.”

“There are a lot of universal issues,” he said. “If it were just about Rob and me it wouldn’t be as strong. It has to mean something to other people, so yes it »


- William Earl

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Leads the Biggest Box Office Weekend In Over a Year

19 March 2017 1:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Disney is back with the biggest yet of its live-action remakes of animated classics, and $170 million for “Beauty and the Beast” set real records. However, the most important record may belong to the overall top 10, which earned $249 million — the best since December 2015, and that was when we had “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

So all of a sudden, 2017 is 5 percent up over last year’s strong start. That will ebb slightly next weekend (when “Batman v Superman” will be the comparison), but we are in the middle of a solid rebound.

The Top Ten

1. Beauty and the Beast (Disney) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 65; Est. budget: $160 million

$170,000,000 in 4,210 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $40,380,000; Cumulative: $170,000,000

2. Kong: Skull Island (Warner Bros.) Week 2; Last weekend #1

$28,850,000 (-53%) in 3,846 theaters (no change); PTA: $7,501; Cumulative: $110,125,000

3. Logan (20th Century Fox) Week 3; Last weekend #2

$17,500,000 (-54%) in 3,687 theaters (-384); PTA: $4,746; Cumulative: $184,027,000

4. Get Out (Universal) Week 4; Last weekend #3

$13,250,000 (- »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Eraserhead’ 40th Anniversary: Watch David Lynch Explain His Movie Over Four Decades of Interviews

19 March 2017 1:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Happy “Eraserhead” day! David Lynch’s first feature was released on March 19, 1977, and his surrealistic ode to fatherhood has been a topic of conversation among interviewers ever since. Although Lynch has gone on the record as literally saying “I never talk about themes,” it hasn’t stopped scores of journalists from trying to get him to explain the meaning of “Erasherhead.”

Below are five fantastic interviews — from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s — where Lynch analyzes the film as only he can. Watching all of them is a fascinating glimpse into his mind, as well as an opportunity to see how his ideas have changed as he’s grown older.

Read More: The Best Movie of the 21st Century: Why Critics Keep Voting for David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive

This 1979 gem appears to be the earliest recorded Lynch interview. “Eraserhead” is the primary focus, and it’s a fascinating time capsule. »


- William Earl

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‘Life’ Review: ‘Alien’ Meets ‘Gravity’ In Daniel Espinosa’s Derivative Sci-Fi Survival Story

19 March 2017 12:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Life” spends its first act building up some big ideas, but eventually unravels into another monster movie in space. The story follows the crew of the International Space Station on a special mission to find evidence of alien life among dirt samples retrieved by a Mars lander. Believe or not, they find it — which is just enough buildup to unleash a serviceable “Alien” knock-off in disguise.

But that’s not the only sci-fi hit to which “Life” owes its existence. Director Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) imbues the otherworldly setting with a visual flair right out of the “Gravity” playbook. The movie opens with mission specialist Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds), who has a penchant for derring-do and always has a one-liner handy, undergoing a spacewalk captured in an ambitious long take. As the camera roves through the zero-gravity corridors of the station, peeking out windows at the black void, we meet the rest of the crew. »


- Jonathan Poritsky

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‘Fleabag’ Season 2: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Confirms it’s Happening, Reveals Production Schedule

19 March 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fleabag” writer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has confirmed that the acclaimed comedy will have a second season, and it will begin filming this year. Waller-Bridge spoke with UK publication Radio Times about the future of the show.

Read More: ‘Fleabag’ Review: A Sharply Funny and Deeply Felt Comedy Crisis—in Six Scenes

“We cracked it open so that she would be able to have a life beyond it and also there are so many more stories and story strands and character strands come out of this series,” she said. “[I only wanted to bring the show back if I had] an idea that was good enough. I think I have one. We are all trying to make it work and have the same team back.”

Waller-Bridge also revealed that the team plans to start shooting in November and premiere the show in 2018.

She had previously described her anxiety about a second season to Vice .

“I have that feeling of, ‘Oh, quickly, »


- William Earl

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‘T2 Trainspotting’ Triumphs At the Box Office, While Terrence Malick Lags

19 March 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The rare specialty sequel led the weekend with Danny Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting,” 21 years after the original’s breakout success. The TriStar release had the best initial numbers since the late-year awards contenders, but other debuts showed results that seemed underwhelming next to their pedigree.

This time last year, we saw the release of crossover successes “Eye in the Sky” and “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” but 2017 lacks the same heft. Last week’s breakout, “A Very Sordid Wedding” (The Film Collective) continued at its sole Palm Springs location but didn’t report results, suggesting the $40,000 start had a strong component of premiere hoopla and higher event pricing.

 

Opening

T2 Trainspotting (Sony) – Metacritic: 64; Festivals include: Berlin 2017

$180,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $36,000

Danny Boyle’s “Trainspotting” sequel scored the best New York/Los Angeles limited opening this year; among conventional specialized releases, it’s only the second to earn »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘The Mummy’ Zero Gravity Stunt Video: Watch Tom Cruise and a Cameraman Spin Through the Air

19 March 2017 9:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tom Cruise is known for his wild stunts, and a new video from behind the scenes of “The Mummy” shows that he’s still risking life and limb. But perhaps most interesting is watching the fearless film crew that ends up spinning right alongside him in zero gravity.

Read More: ‘The Mummy’ Reboot Trailer: Tom Cruise Battles Multi-Irised Female Mummy

The upcoming summer blockbuster features a dizzying “airplane losing altitude” setpiece that the team shot while in free-fall in order to go weightless. They traveled in a unique plane used to train astronauts, and the footage looks quite frightening.

Director Alex Kurtzman spoke with Slashfilm about shooting in zero gravity.

“So you go up, basically with the G’s of a rocket going into space,” he said. “Then you even out and everything starts to go weightless, and then you free-fall for 22 seconds and everybody goes up in the air. »


- William Earl

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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Has Record-Breaking Debut, ‘Song To Song’ Hits Sour Note [Box Office]

19 March 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With pretty much every other studio staying far, far away, even they knew there was no sense competing with the Disney machine, leaving the mouse house wide open to have a fantastic weekend.

The studio’s live-action remake of “Beauty And The Beast” hauled in an astounding $170 million domestic, proving that nostalgia, at least for this property, goes a long, long way. The figure makes the fairy tale the seventh-highest domestic opening of all time, besting “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2,”and falling just shy of “Iron Man 3.” It’s also obviously the best launch of any of Disney’s reboots, and shows that while a small corner of the internet might complain about their childhoods being ruined, the studio is finding a whole new generation of viewers to connect with (plus plenty whose memories aren’t threatened by these movies existing).

Continue reading ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Has Record-Breaking Debut, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Into the Badlands’ Review: Season 2 Will Cure Your ‘Iron Fist’-Induced Martial Arts Blues

19 March 2017 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Not many shows in television history have put martial arts front and center to this degree, but “Into the Badlands” has stood out against the crowd since the very beginning. The series, created by Al Gough and Miles Millar and directly inspired by classic samurai films like “Yojimbo” and “Harakiri,” depicts a bleak universe centuries in the future, where the survivors struggle in a bloody feudalistic landscape.

Best way to survive? Be totally awesome at martial arts, like reformed assassin Sunny (Daniel Wu) and the many other unique characters who occupy this brutal land. And oh, how they battle it out in some of the best-executed action scenes on television, which invoke the top of Hong Kong in technique.

Read More: Why the Creators of ‘Into the Badlands’ Dodged Cliches and Responded to Mean Tweets

As dense as the mythology surrounding the show might be, “Into the Badlands” oftentimes uses »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Dark Tower’ New Poster: Stephen King Reveals Topsy-Turvy Art

19 March 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stephen King took to Twitter on March 19 with something very exciting for “Dark Tower” fans: the first poster for the long-awaited film adaptation. The art recalls the upside-down city physics from “Doctor Strange,” and promises an appropriately ambitious scale for the film. It also reinforces a July 28 release date, reassuring fans who were concerned about possible production troubles.

Read More: ‘The Dark Tower’: First Look at Matthew McConaughey & Idris Elba in Long-Awaited Stephen King Adaptation

Dark Tower” producer Ron Howard spoke with Deadline about casting Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba for the iconic lead roles.

“When we began thinking about candidates, Idris just felt like a really exciting and dynamic possibility,” he said. “Idris brings this crucial combination of coiled danger, quiet charisma, undercurrents of complexity and nobility, and a kind of timeless cool. These are the elemental qualities of Roland, in my mind, and I think Idris carries it incredibly well. »


- William Earl

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‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson & Ryan Reynolds Is A Pleasurably Old Fashioned Sci-Fi Thriller [SXSW Review]

19 March 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The whole murderous-alien-aboard-a-spaceship trope has been around since at least 1958’s “It! The Terror From Beyond Space,” which was initially viewed as a typical, below-average drive-in movie about a doomed Mars expedition. Of course, that movie suddenly took on more importance when the creative team behind “Alien” cited it as a major inspiration. Since “Alien,” of course, there have been countless riffs on this idea (including a handful of actual “Alien” sequels and spin-offs) — a ragtag crew of space explorers or profiteers venture into some darkened corner of the galaxy in the name of scientific progress or capitalism, unwittingly encounter vicious otherworldly killing machines, and get turned into bloody zero-g globs.

Continue reading ‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson & Ryan Reynolds Is A Pleasurably Old Fashioned Sci-Fi Thriller [SXSW Review] at The Playlist. »

- Drew Taylor

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‘Colossal’ Director Nacho Vigalondo Reveals How to Drink Without Turning Into a Monster in Funny Video

19 March 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In Nacho Vigalondo’s upcoming film “Colossal,” Anne Hathaway has a drinking problem that turns her into a real monster — specifically, her alcoholic blackouts control a kaiju across the world. In order to prevent the general population from facing the same fate, the director has released a helpful video about how to keep your inner beast at bay when you’re tipsy.

Read More: ‘Colossal’ Review: Anne Hathaway Is a Killer Kaiju In Nacho Vigalondo’s Hilarious Monster Movie

Vigalondo spoke with Entertainment Weekly about how he was able to humanize the film’s monster.

“The movie’s coming from my obvious love towards monster movies, and I was always intrigued by the possibility of setting a monster movie story in a human scale,” he said. “This is a monster movie that collides with a small indie drama, which is an interesting collision. We’ve seen some of those in many films, »


- William Earl

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Chuck Berry Dead at 90: Watch Scenes With His Music in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Back to the Future’

19 March 2017 7:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chuck Berry passed away on March 18 in Missouri, Variety reports. The 90-year-old guitarist was a cornerstone of rock and roll music, with energetic hits from the ’50s such as “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” He is also credited with perfecting onstage swagger, posing with his guitar and rocking out in a way that heavily influenced countless bands, from The Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and beyond. Outside of effectively creating rock music, Berry also had a defining impact on the film industry, soundtracking two of cinema’s most iconic scenes and influencing scores of filmmakers and actors.

Read More: Bill Paxton Dead at 61: Emmy-Winning ‘Big Love’ and ‘Titanic’ Actor Passes Away From Surgical Complications

Quentin Tarantino famously used “You Can Never Tell” during the Vincent and Mia dance scene in “Pulp Fiction:”

But even that cultural touchstone is eclipsed by Marty McFly’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode »


- William Earl

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Power to the Priya: Ram Devineni on his Augmented Reality Comic Book Series

19 March 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

I first met Ram Devineni, creator of India’s first augmented reality comic book, Priya’s Shakti, at the FilmGate Interactive Media Festival in February, where he was presenting the graphic novel’s follow-up, Priya’s Mirror. (This work ended up taking the FilmGate Special Jury Award). With the series Devineni and his co-creators have revolutionized the comic book form, and not just technologically but also culturally. A survivor of gang rape in the first installment, Priya joins forces with acid attack survivors in the second, rendering the titular super-heroine tougher than your average Western badass chick. Devineni is participating in the Art, Technology […] »

- Lauren Wissot

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"What Is An Iceberg?": Close-Up on Teresa Villaverde's "Trance"

19 March 2017 6:44 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Teresa Villaverde's Trance (2006) is showing from February 22 - March 24, 2017 in most countries around the world.I’d call the beginning of Trance (Teresa Villaverde, 2006) poetic, but in a way that has little to do with the overpowering, declamatory voice of an individual character, and even less to do with the transposition of such a voice into images. Rather, the poetic quality of this opening is to be found in the associative chains of ideas built up over the unpredictable progression of shots, in the rhythms and echoes performed by a polyphony of voices, and in the sudden slippages, enjambments, and halts of the sound/image relations.  Villaverde’s mise en scène and montage put in crisis the very idea of a scene or sequence, by conspiring against the unity and cohesion these terms presuppose. In Trance’s beginning, »

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