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'Lego Batman' Tops Presidents' Day Weekend, 'Great Wall' Leads Newcomers

13 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Lego Batman Movie topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, holding off a trio of newcomers led by Universal's The Great Wall. Fellow new releases, Fist Fight and particularly Fox's A Cure for Wellness, fizzled in their respective debuts as the start of 2017's Presidents' Day weekend saw the top twelve come in 47% behind last year. While that was mostly to be expected, it's a rather significant dip as 2017 is currently pacing 10.4% behind 2016's yearly grosses. With an estimated $34.2 million, WB's The Lego Batman Movie finished #1 by a considerable margin, dropping 35.4% and raising its domestic cume to $98.7 million after ten days in release. The film should top $43 million for the four-day weekend, pushing it over $100 million by end of day Monday. Internationally, Lego Batman is up to $72 million after bringing in an estimated $21.5 million from 62 markets this weekend elevating its worldwide total over $170 million. »


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‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

23 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

La La Land” and “Game of Thrones” walked away with top film and television honors at the 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night.

Finding Nemo” won the theatrical animated prize, while “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” took the documentary award. Other television winners included “Modern Family” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Previous recipients include Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Bill Condon, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

La La Land” is nominated for the sound mixing Oscar this year, along with “Arrival,” Cas nominee “Hacksaw Ridge,” Cas nominee “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won sound mixing Emmys last year.

Full list of Cas Awards winners below.

Motion Picture – Live Action

La La Land

Production Mixer: Steven Morrow, Cas »


- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff

17 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll […]

The post ‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff appeared first on /Film. »


- Angie Han

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Wins Five Awards From International Cinephile Society

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” won five awards from the International Cinephile Society Sunday, including best picture, best director, best actor, best original screenplay, and best foreign film.

The film’s star, Peter Simonischek, was joined by Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Andre Holland (“Moonlight”), and Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) for acting honors, while “Elle” also claimed the adapted screenplay prize.

Crafts category wins included “Embrace of the Serpent” for cinematography, “Elle” for editing, “The Handmaiden” for production design, and “Jackie” for score.

Moonlight’s” ensemble cast won a prize, while animation honors went to “The Red Turtle” and “Fire at Sea” won the documentary award.

Films included on a list of top pictures that played festivals but were not released in 2016 were “The Death of Louis Xiv,” “The Lost City of Z,” and “Personal Shopper,” among others.

Related stories2016's Top 10 Films With Box Office, Awards and Critical AcclaimJack Nicholson, Kristen Wiig »


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Angela Lansbury Joins Emily Blunt in Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

17 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep. It is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and will be set in the 1930’s Depression-era London. Michael and Jane are now grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) lives with his three children and their housekeeper, but when he suffers a personal loss, enigmatic Nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters their lives. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (“Chicago”) and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) based on the “Mary Poppins” stories by P. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Donald Glover to Play Simba in Live Action ‘Lion King’

17 February 2017 4:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Glover will play Simba in Disney’s live action “Lion King,” The Wrap has learned. I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 The director also revealed on twitter that James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the father role he played in the 1994 animated original. Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa pic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 After the success of Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” the director is teaming up with Disney to create a live-action version of “The Lion King. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Last Jedi’ Title Translations Reveal There Are Multiple Jedi

17 February 2017 2:37 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The international titles for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” appear to confirm that said “Jedi” are in fact plural. The official Star Wars twitter accounts of France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and more revealed the titles in their respective languages — all of them calling out multiple Jedi. Because of this development, we now know that the title is supposed to mean more than one Jedi, as in, Luke and Rey… and maybe even more of masters of the Force.

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- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves

17 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In another setback for the superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed.

A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary.

The news comes after star Ben Affleck stepped down as director in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in »


- Justin Kroll

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‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear Award at Berlin Film Festival

18 February 2017 11:11 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Hungarian love story “On Body and Soul” has won the Golden Bear award as the best film at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. Acting awards went to Georg Friedrich for “Bright Nights” and Kim Minhee for “On the Beach at Night Alone,” while the prize for the festival’s best director went to Aki Kaurismaki for “The Other Side of Hope.” The awards were announced at a ceremony in Berlin on Saturday night, at the conclusion of a festival that began on Feb. 9. Also Read: 'The Dinner' Berlin Review: Laura Linney, Steve Coogan Cram Too Much on Their Plate The winners were. »


- Steve Pond

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‘Star Trek Beyond,’ ‘Suicide Squad’ Win Makeup and Hairstyling Awards

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Five different films, including Oscar nominees “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad,” won awards on Sunday night at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. “Suicide Squad” won the award for period and/or character makeup, while “Star Trek Beyond” won for best special makeup effects. The latter category was the only one in which two of the three Oscar nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling went head to head; the third Oscar nominee, “A Man Called Ove,” was not nominated by Muahs. (In addition to disagreeing on nominees, the Academy and the guild disagree on punctuation: AMPAS goes with “makeup. »


- Steve Pond

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Oliver Stone Gives Impassioned Speech at WGA Awards: It’s Not Just Trump, ‘But a System’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild Awards on Sunday night took a cue from the rest of awards season in being fairly Trump-heavy, including several shots at the commander-in-chief. But Oliver Stone, who was on hand at the Wgaw ceremony to accept the Laurel Award, gave a more bipartisan critique of America in an impassioned message to young filmmakers.

After being introduced by James Wood, Stone told reminded filmmakers that “you can be critical of your government and your society.”

“You don’t have to fit in,” the Oscar-winner went on. “It’s fashionable now to take shots at Republicans and Trump and avoid the Obamas and Clintons. But remember this: In the 13 wars we’ve started over the last 30 years and the $14 trillion we’ve spent, and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this earth, remember that it wasn’t one leader, but a system, both Republican and Democrat. »


- Alex Stedman and Debra Birnbaum

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Writers Guild Awards winners: ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Arrival’ take Best Screenplay honors

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The 69th annual edition of the Writers Guild of America Awards was held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York City on February 19. As Gold Derby predicted, “Arrival” won Best Adapted Screenplay, but there was a surprise for Best Original Screenplay as “Moonlight” prevailed over “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land.” What does this mean as we head into the […] »


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Trump vs the Media: The Media Fights Back

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the unilateral war declared on the media by President Trump, the last few days saw a battleground shift: the media started to fight back. A couple of remarkable moments stood out: Shepard Smith on Fox News angrily addressed the administration from his anchor chair on Thursday, giving a ringing defense of the media’s right – nay, responsibility – to demand answers from the president, particularly as regards to what he knew about Russian interference in the election and when he knew it. I'm thinking Shepard Smith forgot he hosts a show on Faux News. Wow.pic.twitter.com/RRphVnCC0m »


- Sharon Waxman

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John Waters Lauded at Writers Guild Awards for ‘A Lifetime of Penning Trashy Screenplays’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Waters and his fight for the right to be trashy on film was celebrated with gusto on Sunday at the New York edition of the Writers Guild Awards ceremony.

Waters got two standing ovations for his legacy in battling film censors and going it alone as an independent filmmaker out of Baltimore in the 1970s. Waters reveled in the applause and the appreciation, telling the crowd at the Edison Ballroom that he has always thought of himself, first and foremost, as a writer.

“Every single weekday I get up at 6 a.m. and go into my writing room and think up something f—– up,” Waters said. “In the afternoon I go try and sell it. Isn’t that what all writers do?”

Preaching to the choir, Waters added: “Writing is the only part of filmmaking I really love.”

Waters couldn’t resist the platform to remind the room of »


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Walking Dead’ Newcomer Pollyanna McIntosh Talks Jadis and Her Mysterious Group

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Walking Dead” introduced yet another group in “New Best Friends,” led by the stoically powerful Jadis. We still don’t know much about the still-nameless group, how they’ve managed to amass so many people and survive in a junkyard, or what exactly their “we take, we don’t bother” credo means. But we did get to see an excellent game of cat-and-mouse between Jadis and Rick as he tries to build his militia. Pollyanna McIntosh, who plays Jadis, breaks down the new character for Variety and talks about joining the cast.

This group is so menacing, but they’re not necessarily villainous like the Saviors. What do you think sets them apart?

I think everybody has to be menacing at this point. It’s a dangerous world. We’re keeping our cards close to our chest, and I as an actor on the show have to keep my cards very close to my chest about »


- Ian Servantes

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Noman Reedus on Daryl and Carol’s Reunion on ‘The Walking Dead’

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Read no further if you haven’t seen Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead.” Spoilers below:

In addition to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the Alexandrians scaring up another ally in the fight against Negan, Sunday’s “The Walking Dead” marked a milestone: After, as Norman Reedus puts it, “like 85 years,” Daryl (Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) finally reunited. Reedus called up Variety to discuss the episode.

As you said, it feels like it’s been a few decades since Daryl and Carol were on screen together, even though it’s only been about 12 episodes. What was your first day back together like?

I remember reading the script and being like, “Yes! Finally!” This whole season I’ve been separated from everyone and finally I have been getting to be with everyone again. There are certain actors I’ve been with a while and totally trust and we have that rapport, we »


- Oriana Schwindt

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‘Walking Dead’ Recap: Rick Keeps On Smiling in ‘New Best Friends’

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 10 of season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “New Best Friends.”

Andrew Lincoln’s pearly whites haven’t gotten this much screen time since he was still doing rom-coms. Rick is threatened, taunted, and quite literally thrown to the walkers in “New Best Friends,” and yet that grin persists. His hopes haven’t been higher in what feels like an eon, and that optimism can finally be held by “The Walking Dead” viewers, too.

Not only is this latest episode is gritty, but more importantly, it’s fun and thrilling (finally!), putting Rick in the hands of another ruler without being miserable — introducing a new group that’s metal as hell.

The fourth community to join the mix holds up in a junkyard, and we rejoin their standoff with Rick and Co. in a stunning overhead shot as they pour into a clearing amongst the junk, clad »


- Ian Servantes

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‘Walking Dead’ Star Breaks Down Ezekiel’s ‘Hard Choice’ in Push Towards War

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Please do not keep reading if you have not seen this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead”) In this week’s “The Walking Dead,” King Ezekiel is pushed further toward war with the Saviors, by both the enemy group themselves and those within The Kingdom. The episode opens with Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his inner circle from The Kingdom doing their regular meet up with the Saviors to deliver food. However, one of the Saviors decides to pick a fight with Richard (Karl Makinen) and demands he surrender his gun. Richard and the Savior draw on each other, »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Homeland’ Recap: ‘A Huge Misunderstanding’ as Fallout Begins in Episode 5, ‘Casus Belli’

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Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not seen the Feb. 19 episode of “Homeland,” “Casus Belli.”

After last week’s explosive ending, this episode sets lays another few miles of twisty-turning track for the conspiracy that has been unfolding from across the street from Carrie’s Brooklyn townhouse.

The title of the episode, “Casus Belli,” refers to a provocation that starts a war — the assassination of the Archduke, as it were. What we see this week is the fallout of our key constituencies turning on a dime onto a war footing, no one more so than the deeply traumatized Peter Quinn.

President-elect Keane is whisked away from her hotel and at least temporarily disarmed — from her phone, her staff, even her ability to watch TV — as the national security industrial complex fires up all of its lockdown protocols

But the most remarkable aspect of this episode — written by Chip Johannessen and directed by Alex Graves — is »


- Cynthia Littleton

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'The Walking Dead' Recap: Pit Boss

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If you enjoyed the action-packed midseason premiere of The Walking Dead – and let's assume like us, you did – then this week's episode ("New Best Friends") is going to make you very, very happy. There's more jumping around from location to location; more indications that our heroes are going to battle the Saviors sooner rather than later; and even one big, badass monster-fighting sequence plopped into the middle of the hour. Rising to the challenge of matching last week's freeway-wide walker clothesline, this episode puts an unarmed Rick into the middle »


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