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‘Happy Death Day’ Reaps $100M+ At Worldwide Box Office

‘Happy Death Day’ Reaps $100M+ At Worldwide Box Office
The hits keep coming for Universal and Blumhouse with Happy Death Day celebrating a $100M global milestone. Including yesterday’s grosses, the latest collaboration between Uni and Jason Blum’s micro-budget specialist Blumhouse has taken in $55.5M domestically and $44.6M at the international box office. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day is the third original film from Blumhouse in 2017. It joins blockbuster pics Split and Get Out which have grossed $278.3M…
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Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night

Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” has opened with a solid $2.3 million on Tuesday night.

The animated pic is on par with Disney’s “Moana,” which earned $2.6 million from previews during the same frame last year. It went on to gross $82 million over five days.

The family film has been on track to take in $55 million to $60 million at 3,948 venues during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. Estimates indicate that the costly “Justice League,” which has pulled in a disappointing $111.9 million in its first five days, will come in No. 1 again with about $60 million to $65 million.

Coco” opens in nearly 2,800 3D locations, 106 premium large format screens, and 268 theaters offering the film in Spanish. Unlike “Justice League,” critics have embraced “Coco” (its Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 95%).

Just before “Coco” began its Tuesday night previews, news broke that animation guru John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave from the company over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. [link
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on Track for Cosmic $200 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is on track for a cosmic $200 million-plus opening weekend when it hits theaters on Dec. 15, according to first estimates released by tracking services on Wednesday morning. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first new film released in the sci-fi franchise after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, earned a record opening of $248 million in December 2015. Last year’s prequel “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened to $155.1 million. “The Last Jedi” is likely to score the biggest opening box office weekend of the year, a spot currently held by another Disney release, “Beauty and the...
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Singer, Star, Leading Asian Film Executive, Mona Fong Dead at 83

Singer, Star, Leading Asian Film Executive, Mona Fong Dead at 83
Asia lost one of its top women film and TV executives with the death on Wednesday of Mona Fong (aka Mona Shaw). She died at 83.

After a glittering career as a singer, and then as an actress, she became a key figure in the running of first the Shaw Brothers movie studio, then at the top of Tvb, Hong Kong’s leading free-to-air TV station.

Tvb said that she died peacefully at 5.28pm local time at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, in Happy Valley, surrounded by her family. No cause of death was given.

Born in Shanghai in 1934 as Lee Monglan, the daughter of a nightclub singer, she moved to Hong Kong in the 1940s with her mother and quickly turned professional as a singer. She was noted for her singing abilities in Chinese and English, and often sang English covers of Chinese hits.

She met her husband, the legendary Sir Run Run Shaw after a performance
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Cannes Film Festival to Start One Day Earlier in 2018

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Cannes Film Festival to Start One Day Earlier in 2018
The Cannes Film Festival is shifting things for its 71st edition next year, starting one day earlier. Festival organizers announced Wednesday that the 2018 festival will start on May 8 and run through May 19, 2018 (ending on a Saturday instead of a Sunday). The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19.

“Following 2017’s anniversary edition, the Festival is beginning a new period in its history,” Festival President Pierre Lescure said in a statement. “We intend to renew the principles of our organization as much as possible, while continuing to question the cinema of our age and to be present through its upheavals.”

The new schedule, the statement read, will allow festival organizers to “rebalance” the two weeks of the event and bring “new energy” to the festival.
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Playback: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on ‘Lady Bird’ and Coming of Age

Playback: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on ‘Lady Bird’ and Coming of Age
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

This week, on a special Thanksgiving episode, we have “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Saoirse Ronan. It’s an apt day for the conversation, which you’ll gather if you’ve seen the film. “Lady Bird” marks Gerwig’s solo directorial debut and is sitting pretty as one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, if not the most. After all, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 150 reviews counted is hard to argue with.

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For Gerwig, hammering out a script isn’t about knowing the core of it and where it’s going from the outset. She’s found it more rewarding to explore casually and let her characters guide her through the process
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‘Coco’ Earns A+ CinemaScore & Dances To $70M+; ‘Justice League’ Solid With $63M+: Thanksgiving B.O.

‘Coco’ Earns A+ CinemaScore & Dances To $70M+; ‘Justice League’ Solid With $63M+: Thanksgiving B.O.
Thanksgiving Am Update: Refresh for updates Moviegoers love Coco: The Disney film earned an A+ CinemaScore last night, Pixar’s 6th ever, and the best since Up. On top of that, Coco came in much higher on its first day with an estimated $13.3M; which is behind Thanksgiving openers Moana ($15.5M) and Frozen ($15.1M) and ahead of Good Dinosaur ($9.76m) and Tangled ($11.9M). Currently, the Lee Unkrich-Adrian Molina film should hit $70M-plus in five days, and $47M over three…
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Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani Riff on Their Parents’ Expectations and Name Mispronunciations

Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani Riff on Their Parents’ Expectations and Name Mispronunciations
Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” which airs Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal Koce.

Kumail Nanjiani: So how did you end up playing “Wonder Woman”? How did that happen?

Gal Gadot: It’s kind of one thing led to the other. I never planned on becoming an actress, and then I had this opportunity where this casting director flew to Israel; she was looking for a new Bond girl. I did the audition, didn’t get the part, but through this experience I was like, “This is so much more interesting than going to law school.”

Nanjiani: You were in law school?

Gadot: Yeah, I know. Thank goodness life interrupts and comes in the way. It was weird because I didn’t know they were auditioning me for “Wonder Woman.” I knew I
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels
Veteran filmmaker James Ivory is happy to let “Call Me by Your Name” rest now. Nearly a decade in the making – much of that time spent with Ivory attached to the film in various positions, from producer to co-director to screenwriter – director Luca Guadagnino’s lush big screen take on André Aciman’s novel of the same name is hitting theaters on the wave of accolades first ignited during its Sundance premiere, admiration that has not abated in the months since the film first debuted.

And while Guadagnino has been actively chatting up the possibility of sequels for the film – or, at the very least, a film that picks up with the film’s main characters after many years have passed, as Aciman’s novel does – Ivory has no interest in returning to the material. For him, this chapter of his creative life is closed.

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Upcoming Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2017 to 2021

Last Updated: November 22nd There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is the superhero movie. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero films in droves. With nearly every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, and with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. plotting …
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Singapore Festival Launches in Understated Style

Shopping-mall glamour and a red carpet flanked by designer stores greeted Singapore’s film community and visiting celebrities for Thursday night’s opening of the 28th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff).

The celebrities who walked the red carpet through the high-end Marina Bay Sands mall mostly left the highest couture in the store windows. Many instead went for sedate touches of lace, minimal glitz, and daytime outfits.

The evening’s glamour moments went to Sgiff vice chair Soo Wei Shaw, who swept the red carpet in a floor-length black gown, and Indian actress, Waheeda Rehman (“The Song of Scorpions”), in a red and pink brocade sari and traditional jewelry.

Introducing the opening film, Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White,” Sgiff chairman Mike Wiluan told theater-goers gathered in the lower levels of the 2,000-plus seat theater that the festival was a “torchlight” for aspiring storytellers, himself included. After decades in the film industry as a producer, financier and facilitator
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15 Movie Food Scenes to Watch This Thanksgiving

Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving is 99% about the food; the rest is just icing on the cake, so to speak. Sure, there are football games, parades, and reuniting with distant relatives to take up your time, but what really brings us all together is the food. In honor of America’s most gluttonous of holidays, we’re bringing you our Top 15 favorite movie moments involving food. We tried to cover every course, except for salad (you don’t win friends with salad). So feast your eyes upon our 15 Memorable Movie Food Scenes this Thanksgiving!…
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Jane Campion: It’s A “Fairy Tale” Time For Women In The Entertainment Business

Jane Campion: It’s A “Fairy Tale” Time For Women In The Entertainment Business
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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Idfa Film Review: ‘The Dead Nation’

Idfa Film Review: ‘The Dead Nation’
For anyone who’s ever riffled through a stack of old photos in a flea market and realized with absent melancholy that it’s likely many of the vividly smiling, posing subjects have since passed away, Romanian director Radu Jude’s hypnotic “The Dead Nation” is a gently uncanny, feature-length version of that experience. Not so much a film in the classical sense as an art project built at the crossroads of 20th-century history and personal testimony, this photo-montage traces the fate of Romania’s Jewish population through the turbulent years immediately prior to and during World War 2.

Using no visual pyrotechnics other than a scintillatingly well-chosen series of static, black-and-white images, unearthed recently as part of a trove belonging to ‘Foto Splendid’ (a Romanian photo studio set up in the 1930s by photographer Costica Acsinte), Jude lets the contrast between image and sound create its own tensions and provocations. On the soundtrack,
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Battle of the Sexes review – Emma Stone aces it in tennis's biggest grudge match

Steve Carell is well cast as the ex-champ who tried to prove men’s superiority on court, but Stone calls the shots as women’s No 1 Billie Jean King

This is a seductively enjoyable, smart and well-acted film based on the most deadly serious sporting contest of modern times: the Battle of the Sexes tennis match of 1973 in a packed Houston Astrodome. It stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell, respectively women’s No 1 Billie Jean King and fiftysomething ex-champ and self-proclaimed “male chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs – fighting to prove that men are better at tennis and better, full stop.

The film crucially faces the same challenge as the participants from real life: the challenge of tone. How unseriously should this match be taken? How strenuously should the attitude of casual jokiness be maintained? No one involved in this encounter could be certain of its outcome; neither side could be sure of avoiding humiliation,
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Oscar Beat: Best Actor Predictions—Can James Franco Get in?

Last Updated: November 21st The Oscar race is off and running, and while I posted my inaugural predictions a few weeks ago, we already have some major movements in a few categories. One of those is Best Actor, a category that's now finally starting to take shape after what seemed to be a wide open field—aside from one. Indeed, this one very much seems like it’s Gary Oldman’s to lose. The beloved performer turns in a wholly transformative performance in Joe Wright’s World War II drama Darkest Hour, in which he plays Winston Churchill. Oldman …
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Allison Williams Says ‘Peter Pan’ Performance Scored Her ‘Get Out’ Role

Allison Williams Says ‘Peter Pan’ Performance Scored Her ‘Get Out’ Role
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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‘Friends’ Thanksgiving Episodes Ranked

For most people, Thanksgiving brings to mind family, football, and copious amounts of food. For some, however, it’s hard to think about the holiday without also having Friends quotes pop into your head. The iconic sitcom not only solidified its place in television history with memorable characters and perfect chemistry, but it also planted a flag in Thanksgiving week, setting some of its biggest episodes during the holiday. It became a staple of the series starting in Season 3 (the second season doesn’t have a Thanksgiving episode) and continued throughout the show’s run, resulting in some of …
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Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (Exclusive)

Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ (Exclusive)
Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment is teaming up with Berlin-based Flimmer to co-produce a modern-day screen adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

The film follows 15-year-old Tim Walker, who is sent from London to the Austrian Alps to attend the renowned Mozart boarding school, where he discovers a centuries-old forgotten passageway into the fantastic world of Mozart’s most famous opera.

The creative team behind the project includes German writer-director Florian Sigl and Flimmer CEO Christopher Zwickler, who produced Dustin Loose’s “The Last Will,” which received the Student Academy Award in silver in 2015. Sigl and Zwickler are aiming to have the international family entertainment event ready for a Christmas 2018 release.

The duo is developing the project as a multi-part movie, according to Zwickler, who describes the story as a new adaptation of “The Magic Flute” framed by a modern-day narrative. Andrew Lowery is attached to write the screenplay.

“The contemporary
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