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‘Alita’ Battles Her Way To $41M+, But Remains Far From Heaven At The B.O.

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‘Alita’ Battles Her Way To $41M+, But Remains Far From Heaven At The B.O.
When a studio or a filmmaker builds a movie for north of $170M, the expectation is to soar to the greatest heights at the box office, and a passion project in the hands of James Cameron as producer — what studio wouldn’t double down on that, especially in an era starving for fresh franchises?

His Alita: Battle Angel, directed by Robert Rodriguez, is easily winning the Presidents Day box office, with a $27.8M 3-day and $33M and a revised 5-day of $41.7M . But the pic, despite beating its tracking and an $11.6M Saturday, +55% over Friday, is still a long way from any kind of profitability. Rival B.O. analysts believe that her domestic result at this 5-day level has a shot of hitting $100M.

What’s clear though is that the word is getting out among Cameron fans to go see the movie,
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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever

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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever
It’s a wrap on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Dwayne Johnson shared the news Friday on Instagram, saying production just ended on the “most challenging film” he’s ever done.

“Hobbs & Shaw is officially wrapped,” Johnson wrote. “Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped ‘break the internet’ reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding.”

The wrestler-turned-box office heavyweight went on to praise co-star Jason Statham for joining him on the adventure.

“A Huge bald and brotherly Mahalo to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and ‘pushed all his chips in’ to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham,” he added.

The spinoff, directed by David Leitch is set two years after the events of The Fate of the Furious,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners
Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.”

In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” won the animated prize. “Free Solo” reigned in the documentary field.

TV winners included “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Three-time CAS award-winner Mary Jo Lang received the President’s Award, while Oscar-winning production mixer Lee Orloff was honored with career achievement recognition.

Steven Spielberg received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Seven of the director’s films have been nominated by the Cinema Audio Society: “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,
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Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards: 'Vice' Tops Film Categories

Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards: 'Vice' Tops Film Categories
The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild on Saturday handed out its annual awards in film, TV, commercials and live theater.

Vice scored the most wins in the feature motion-picture categories, winning two awards: best period and/or character makeup and best special makeup effects.

Other film winners include A Star is Born (best contemporary makeup), Crazy Rich Asians (best contemporary hair styling) and Mary Queen of Scots (best period and/or character hair styling).

American Horror Story: Apocalypse won the most awards of any project, taking home three: best contemporary makeup in a TV series and both of the commercial and music video awards. The Marvelous ...
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Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear

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Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear
Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday.

The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal behind the ongoing trial of Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon.

Accepting the award, Lapid said “Synonyms,” which stars Tom Mercier, would likely be considered “scandalous” in Israel and France – the pic skewers stereotypes from both nations – but added that it was ultimately a celebration.

In his review in Variety, Jay Weissberg wrote that the film takes “a Kalashnikov to the nation’s military culture and its carefully nurtured persecution complex.”

Thanking the Berlinale for selecting his film, Ozon said he did not know whether addressing child sexual abuse
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'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77

'Downfall' Actor Bruno Ganz Dies at 77
Bruno Ganz, one of Europe's most acclaimed film and theater actors who was best known for his towering performance as Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated Downfall — a performance that earned him accolades and launched a million memes — has died. He was 77.

Ganz's management confirmed that the Swiss actor died Friday evening at his home in Zurich following a long illness.

Ganz was an iconic figure in the German-speaking world and beyond, his gravely, Swiss-accented voice as instantly recognizable as his mercurial style, which could shift from reserved and withdrawn to volcanic in an instant.

Born in ...
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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’

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Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’
Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions.

“We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them to enjoy,” said American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Osstrom, who spearheaded the opposition.

“The honor offered by the Academy Awards is vital to validating the claim that everyone contributing to the making of a motion picture is an artist,” he added.

Van Oostrum and three other ASC members — Hoyte van Hoytema, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki — met Thursday night with Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, and Academy president John Bailey to press their case. The controversy had exploded when AMPAS announced Monday that the portions of the awards for four categories — cinematography, film editing,
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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date

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Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date
Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax.

Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Dune” centers on the battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis. Chalamet is playing the leader Paul Atreides, who is forced to escape into the wastelands, where he eventually becomes the ruler of the nomadic tribes.

Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve is helming and co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. The movie will be produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Thomas Tull, and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers.

Dune” is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. The
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‘Umbrella Academy’ Season 2’s Roadmap Is Already In Place, Thanks to the Comics

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‘Umbrella Academy’ Season 2’s Roadmap Is Already In Place, Thanks to the Comics
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Umbrella Academy” Season 1.]

The ending of “The Umbrella Academy” Season 1 is such a cliffhanger that all it’s missing is a person literally hanging off a cliff. Its dramatic conclusion involves the end of the world, though the show’s core ensemble — a group of struggling young people with superpowers — may have managed to escape the cataclysm through time travel.

What happens next to all of these characters is unclear, at least to those who haven’t read the comic book series created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bà, upon which the show is based. This meant that when it came to constructing the end of the season, showrunner Steve Blackman knew there was a chance that those final moments could be the last of the show. However, he told IndieWire, “I hope we get a second and third and fourth season, but I knew that having a great
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: First Time Host Don Cheadle Gets Great Sketches

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: First Time Host Don Cheadle Gets Great Sketches
Another new “Saturday Night Live,” another first-time host. That’s no problem at all: It’s always nice to see some fresh celebrities in the rotation, and even if the episode material itself hasn’t been the most stellar, the season has definitely on the right track with the guest host choices. That definitely continues with Don Cheadle, though, like Liev Schreiber before him, it’s surprising he’d never hosted before. Actually, even more surprising than the Schreiber thing, to be perfectly honest.

Host: Don Cheadle

How did Don Cheadle do as a first-time host? Well, not only does Cheadle give an actual comedic monologue — honestly, one who didn’t know him might think he’s a stand-up comedian — he reminds everyone he was in an episode of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” while doing so. Cheadle is a man who commits when he’s in a project, whether it
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The nine greatest best picture winners at the Oscars

As the awards celebrate their ninth decade, we look back on the times the Academy got it right when it came to the biggest prize

The night of the Oscars ceremony – which was first held 90 years ago this May – is the one essential date in the movie world calendar, the giddy, glamorous apex of industry celebration. It’s fascinating and infuriating. But the Academy Awards don’t always get it right. In fact, on many now infamous occasions, they got it totally wrong.

Giving How Green Was My Valley best picture over Citizen Kane, for example. But while there is always going to be debate over whether the best picture actually won best picture – merit is a difficult thing to quantify, after all – each year’s top prize winner and, perhaps more importantly, the reaction to it, tells us something about the cultural zeitgeist.
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‘The Umbrella Academy’: Gerard Way & Showrunner Steve Blackman on Netflix’s Insane Comic Book Adaptation

Based on the popular and award-winning Dark Horse Comics graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy follows the “children” of Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), a billionaire industrialist who adopts seven of the 43 infants inexplicably born on the same day in 1989 to random women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. While they’ve been prepared to save the world, things are never that easy, and now that the impending apocalypse is very real, Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañ…
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Keeley Hawes: ‘We all need to be more positive’

Keeley Hawes has cornered the market in playing complex characters, but off-screen is there a role for life’s simpler pleasures? She talks to Rebecca Nicholson about the joys of TV, meeting her husband on set – and caravanning with Emma Bunton

A couple of months ago, Keeley Hawes was in the Wolseley on London’s Piccadilly, about to have lunch, when she saw a familiar face across the room. She was meeting her husband, the actor Matthew Macfadyen. “I went, ‘My God, it’s Amber Rudd,’” she whispers. In the television juggernaut that was BBC One’s Bodyguard, Hawes was Julia Montague, the ill-fated home secretary who took no nonsense, though she took a shine to her security detail, played by Richard Madden. She had researched Rudd for the role, and the similarities did not go unnoticed. But the pair were yet to meet.

Rudd had been complimentary about Hawes
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A Private War review – portrait of a reporter in the line of fire

A fine performance by Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin smooths over the faults in this impassioned account of the fearless war correspondent’s life and death

Taking its inspiration from a posthumous 2012 Vanity Fair profile by Marie Brenner, this narrative feature debut from celebrated documentary-maker Matthew Heineman casts Rosamund Pike as the renowned American journalist Marie Colvin, who risked her life to report from the front line, and seven years ago paid the ultimate price. “Why is the world not here?” was Colvin’s repeated question as she ventured into the most deadly – and often overlooked – areas of conflict. The answer seems simple: where Colvin felt an unstoppable need to witness and report on “the truth”, others often feared to follow.

Heineman’s film opens and closes in Homs, the besieged Syrian city that Colvin memorably described as “a ghost town, echoing with the sound of shelling and the crack
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'It brought me a sense of community': the fight to save Us skating culture

In the documentary United Skates, a film-making duo explore the understudied subculture of skating and what it means to many black Americans

“Skating, to me, is life,” says Shannon Grays, as he shows off his custom roller skates. The son of Phelicia Wright, a self-proclaimed “rink rat”, Grays’ enthusiasm towards skating shines brightly through his big brown eyes. For Phelicia, her five children, and many other African Americans, roller skating is not just a passion. It is a profound cultural connector.

These deep generational ties are brought to light in the new documentary United Skates, which explores the attempts to conserve skating as an art form. Brimming with history and anchored by stories of skaters’ struggles across America, from North Carolina to Chicago to Los Angeles, the film uses a microscope to examine a bigger issue: dwindling black cultural spaces.
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‘Vice’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Win Big at Makeup and Hairstyling Muahs Guild Awards

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‘Vice’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Win Big at Makeup and Hairstyling Muahs Guild Awards
“Vice,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Crazy Rich Asians” were the top makeup and hairstyling winners Saturday at the 6th annual Muahs Guild Awards (at L.A. Live). “Vice,” the Oscar favorite for Christian Bale’s remarkable Dick Cheney transformation, took home period makeup and makeup effects; “Mary Queen of Scots,” another Oscar nominee, won for period hairstyling; “A Star Is Born” snagged contemporary makeup; and “Crazy Rich Asians” earned contemporary hairstyling.

On Friday, prior to the Academy reversing its decision to edit the cinematography, editing, makeup and hairstyling, and live action short Oscar award presentations, Julie Socash, president, Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild, delivered a statement of protest:

“We know from some of our members, as talented artists and professionals, that they are disappointed by the Academy’s decision to handle various awards in this fashion, even if on a rotational basis. As Iatse International
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Cas Sound Mixing Awards: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks On Toward Oscar

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Cas Sound Mixing Awards: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks On Toward Oscar
Bohemian Rhapsody” (live action), “Free Solo” (documentary), and Wes Anderson’s stop-motion “Isle of Dogs” (upsetting the animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) were the top sound-mixing winners at Saturday’s 55th annual Cas Awards (at the InterContinental Hotel).

In terms of the Oscar race, the popular Freddie Mercury biopic, starring Best Actor favorite Rami Malek, strengthened its frontrunning status. The emotional Live Aid concert footage, in particular, benefits from the thunderous IMAX presentation.

Read More: Oscars 2019: Best Sound Mixing Predictions

But “Bohemian Rhapsody” faces tough Oscar competition from “First Man,” “A Star Is Born,” “Roma,” and “Black Panther.” The latter three showcase the continuing versatility of Dolby Atmos.

TV winners included “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: Vote for Kennedy, Vote for Kennedy; “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (Part 1) The Man Who Would Be Vogue; “Mozart in the Jungle”: Domo Arigato; and “Anthony Bourdain”: Parts
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners
Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual Cas Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.”

In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” won the animated prize. “Free Solo” reigned in the documentary field.

TV winners included “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Three-time Cas award-winner Mary Jo Lang received the President’s Award, while Oscar-winning production mixer Lee Orloff was honored with career achievement recognition.

Steven Spielberg received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Seven of the director’s films have been nominated by the Cinema Audio Society: “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,
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Make-Up and Hair Stylist Guild Applauds Academy’s Stance on Airing Every Oscar Winner

Rowdy boos were followed by triumphant cheers at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles, as the Hollywood union touched on a week of controversy over a reversed decision to hand out four Oscars during the show’s commercial breaks.

Hair and makeup was one of the four categories that would have been relegated to commercials, edited down and aired later on in the ABC event. After intense backlash from the creative community, the Academy stood down and declared it would air all categories on the live show.

“We’re in good company with the cinematography and the editing folks because they’re vital to making movies. Can you imagine if they didn’t have hair and make up for the movies?” joked Loni Love, a host on “The Real” and the emcee of the guild’s Saturday ceremony held at Dtla’s Novo Theater.
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‘Vice,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

‘Vice,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners
Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night.

The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period and/or character hairstyling. The two films are Oscar-nominated for best makeup and hairstyling along with Swedish import “Border.”

A Star Is Born” and “Crazy Rich Asians” won the contemporary prizes for makeup and hairstyling, respectively.

In the television arenas, Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” walked away with a pair for period and/or character makeup and hairstyling. “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” and “Dancing With the Stars” won for contemporary makeup and hairstyling, respectively, while “Westworld” claimed the special effects trophy.

Actress Melissa McCarthy received the organization’s Distinguished Artisan Award.

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