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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch

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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.

The latest Wizarding World installment from Warner Bros. earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel’s debut would come in behind its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opened to $74 million domestically.

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogel. Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp also star. David Yates returned to direct from J.K. Rowling’s script.

Reviews have been mixed, with the film sitting at an unfortunate 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. That evidently hasn’t deterred moviegoers, however, and recent research found that the controversy surrounding Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald despite his background of alleged domestic violence won’t put off Harry Potter fans either.
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Opens Solid, But Behind Predecessor at Box Office

Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will top the box office charts with an estimated $65 million opening after making $25.7 million on Friday, including $9.1 million from Tuesday/Thursday previews. But signs are already present that while this sequel might have a solid run, “Harry Potter” fans aren’t as excited for this spinoff series as they were for the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels.

By comparison, the first “Fantastic Beasts” opened to $74.4 million in November 2016 and went on to gross $234 million domestically. That opening was already lower than those of all eight “Potter” films; and while the box office performance of the “Potter” series flicked up and down before peaking with the final, two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “Fantastic Beasts” and its sequel are showing the sort of diminishing franchise returns in North America that “Potter” never did.

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Eases Loot To $63M+ Opening; Awards Season Fare Struggles – Saturday Am Update

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Eases Loot To $63M+ Opening; Awards Season Fare Struggles – Saturday Am Update
Update Saturday Am: Refresh for chart and more analysis Between midday and Friday and late last night, industry estimates for Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald eased with the J.K. Rowling-scripted sequel showing $25.7M for Friday (inclusive of $7.3M Thursday night sales and $1.8M from Tuesday) on its way to $63.5M, which is where tracking and Warner Bros. had it, but still this sub-franchise of Harry Potter is playing like a sequel in its second go-round not a superhero movie, or Potter movie for that matter. Family breakout was small last night with 18% kids, 8% parents and 74% general, and the hope would be that matinees would expand on those demos plus ticket sales, but the last movie made most of its money on Thursday night and Friday, easing close to 12% on Saturday, and this one looks like it will do about the same. While the pic leaned heavy on females at 53% overall,
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Rami Malek Wishes Bohemian Rhapsody Had Delved Deeper Into Freddie Mercury’s Life

After a long and torturous production, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody finally reached cinemas this month. The general verdict is that it’s basically alright, with critics saying it does the job of telling the story of Queen but contains little in the way of inspiring sequences other than the concluding Live Aid concert.

One big worry going in was that the film would skate over Mercury’s sexuality, filing the edges off the star’s famous decadence in the hope of securing a commercially friendly rating and not turning off more conservative audience members. That more or less turned out to be the case, and star Rami Malek (who played Freddie) certainly wishes they could have gone just a little further in showing the ‘real’ Mercury.

In an interview with the Australian magazine Who, he said the following:

I just kept pushing for more of that aspect of his life.
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‘Escape at Dannemora': Co-Creators Went ‘Through the Looking Glass’ to Research Prison Break Drama

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There is age-old adage that “truth is stranger than fiction,” which can definitely can be said about Showtime’s upcoming limited series, “Escape at Dannemora.”

But when trying to craft a scripted narrative from real-life events often finds the writers and directors behind it take creative liberties for dramatic effect (as critics of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” can attest to). But for Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin, who co-created the Showtime series that is based on a famous 2015 prison break, they didn’t have to veer too far from the real-life events.

“Once you get into the reality of the story, the pieces are just more fascinating than fiction can deliver sometimes,” Tolkin told TheWrap. “We definitely researched it a lot… Sometimes through the looking glass, in terms of research,” added Johnson.

Also Read: Showtime Launches Companion Podcast for Limited Series 'Escape at Dannemora' (Exclusive)

The limited series, which
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is ready to cast a powerful spell on the box office.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole is heading for a domestic opening weekend in the $75 million range, early estimates showed Friday.

The North American figure could wind up matching the $74.4 million opening for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The sequel is dominating the other openers — Fox/New Regency’s “Widows” and Paramount’s comedy “Instant Family,” with both heading for the $11 million to $13 million range. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” conjured $9.1 million in Thursday night previews, while “Widows” made $600,00 in previews and “Instant Family” took in $550,000.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has been projected by the studio to earn $65 million from 4,163 domestic locations this weekend, though industry estimates showed that number could be closer to $75 million and as much as $250 million worldwide. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Star Rami Malek To Receive Breakthrough Performance Award At 30th Palm Springs Film Festival

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Star Rami Malek To Receive Breakthrough Performance Award At 30th Palm Springs Film Festival
Exclusive: Rami Malek has been chosen for this year’s Breakthrough Performance Award at the 30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival for his acclaimed performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The honor will be presented at the Film Awards Gala on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 3-14.

“In the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek fully brings to life and embodies musical legend Freddie Mercury, in what is truly an outstanding performance for this fine actor,” said festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his portrayal that is garnering much critical acclaim, it is our honor to present the 2018 Breakthrough Performance Award to Rami Malek.”

Malek joins previously announced honoree Glenn Close, who will receive the Icon Award. Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mahershala Ali, Mary J. Blige, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Jeremy Renner.
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Independent Spirit Awards nominations 2019: Full list of Spirit nominees in all categories

Independent Spirit Awards nominations 2019: Full list of Spirit nominees in all categories
The Film Independent Spirit Awards announced their 2019 nominations on Friday, November 16. So who made the cut at these kudos, which celebrate the best in American independent films? Scroll down to see the complete list.

These Spirit contenders were decided by nominating committees that included film critics, film programmers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, actors, past nominees and winners, and members of Film Independent’s Board of Directors. The winners will be chosen by all of Film Independent’s eligible members, including industry insiders and any movie fans who sign up for membership starting at $95 per year.

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Eligible films must be American productions with budgets within $20 million, which this year excluded awards contenders like “Vice,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Hate U Give,” “Widows,” “Beautiful Boy” and “Black Panther,” among others. Additional titles like “Roma,” “22 July” and “The Favourite
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Concedes “Some Softness” At Nickelodeon: “We Are Actively Working On It”

While Viacom’s fourth-quarter earnings showed some positive signs, edging Wall Street’s estimates and delivering evidence of a turnaround at Paramount, CEO Bob Bakish conceded Nickelodeon has shown “some softness.”

As evidenced by the recent leadership change that saw Brian Robbins succeed Cyma Zarghami as head of Nickelodeon, “we are actively working on it,” Bakish said during a conference call with analysts.

The flagship network, along with MTV, Bet, Comedy Central and Paramount Network, is crucial to the longer-term growth of the company. The media networks unit had a stagnant quarter, with revenue slipping 1%, as a 6% downturn in advertising was offset by modest affiliate growth. Kids programming in particular has been under assault for years by YouTube, social media and an array of other rivals for juvenile attention.

“At Nick, we’ve got the playbook,” the CEO maintained. Robbins “is diving in and creating great energy and urgency” at the network.
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Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Makes Magical $9.1 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Makes Magical $9.1 Million on Thursday Night
Warner Bros.’ magical tentpole “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” conjured $9.1 million on Thursday night.

The figure is slightly above the $8.8 million in previews for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Fox/New Regency’s “Widows” and Paramount’s comedy “Instant Family” also held previews on Thursday night with “Instant Family” taking in $550,000.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has been projected to earn $65 million from 4,163 domestic locations this weekend, though industry estimates show that number could be closer to $75 million and as much as $250 million worldwide. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros. intends to be a five-film franchise in a prequel series based on the wizarding world popularized by author J.K. Rowling in her seven “Harry Potter” books.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” grossed $814 million worldwide. The eight Harry Potter movies hauled $7.72 billion globally between 2001 and 2011.

Eddie Redmayne returns
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How 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Hair and Makeup Pro Turned Rami Malek Into Freddie Mercury

How 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Hair and Makeup Pro Turned Rami Malek Into Freddie Mercury
Capturing the energy and flamboyance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody meant a dramatic transformation for Rami Malek, best known as the twitchy lead character in USA's TV drama Mr. Robot. Hair and makeup department head Jan Sewell was challenged to take Malek, 37, from Mercury at age 19 into his late 30s.

"Certainly parts of his face really look like Freddie, but then there are other parts that don't," says Sewell. "Rami's nose was a bit bigger, so we put on a tiny prosthetic nose to give him the very ...
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Don’t Stop Him Now: Will The Oscars Embrace ‘Mr. Robot’ Emmy Winner Rami Malek’s Turn As Freddie Mercury In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?

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Don’t Stop Him Now: Will The Oscars Embrace ‘Mr. Robot’ Emmy Winner Rami Malek’s Turn As Freddie Mercury In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?
When Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic back in 2013, it was hard to imagine another chameleon who could step into the skin of the flamboyant 1970s-80s musical genius who died at 45 after battling AIDS. Then came Mr. Robot star Rami Malek who went from playing a paranoid introvert on the USA series, to portraying one of the rock world’s loudest game-changing extroverts in Bohemian Rhapsody. Stepping into the shoes of a recent celebrity is one of the most daunting assignments an actor can face; how do you meet the expectations of audiences familiar with the subject without coming off like a Las Vegas impersonator? But after an extensive physical and psychological prep, Malek fit the part of Mercury like a glove.

How did the role of Freddie Mercury come to your attention? Were you tracking it?

I was not tracking it all. I was unaware of it.
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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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‘Maniac,’ ‘A Very English Scandal’ prepping for Golden Globe and SAG glory as streaming shows take control

It’s no secret that the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association like streaming series. This is particularly true of the SAG Awards and their torrid love affair with Netflix, which includes three consecutive wins for the comedy ensemble of “Orange is the New Black” (2015-2017), the 2017 victory for the drama ensemble of “Stranger Things” and Claire Foy’s triumphs two years running (2017-2018) for her starring role in the drama “The Crown.”

Then you have the 2018 Golden Globes dominance of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Amazon in particular has received lots of affection from the HFPA, also including Best Comedy Series wins for “Transparent” (2015) and “Mozart in the Jungle” (2016).

Ergo, the chances for the Netflix psychological thriller “Maniac” from creator-director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Amazon’s British import “A Very English Scandal” are looking promising indeed for Globes
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Time Names ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ and More the Best Films of 2018

Time Names ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ and More the Best Films of 2018
The end of the year is officially upon us now that Time magazine film critic Stephanie Zacharek has released her list of the 10 best movies of 2018. The publication is the first major outlet to release a roundup of the year’s best film offerings, and Zacharek’s personal choices are a mix of titles you’re bound to see on many lists this year and at least one you probably won’t (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” tops Zacharek’s list for 2018, and the film is expected to play well with critics’ group throughout the rest of the year (the New York Film Critics Circle announces their 2018 winners November 29). Zacharek hails “Roma” as the director’s most “gorgeous and moving” effort to date, writing, “In telling his own story, [Cuarón] gets us thinking about the latticework of people who made each of us what we are. Roma is an ode to the power of memory,
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'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo

'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo
Fantasy flies into 79 markets this weekend.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald grossed $10.1m from 10 international markets in its initial raft of opening days on Wednesday (14) as the fantasy epic heads into a further 45 markets on Thursday. Including Tuesday previews, the overall tally stands st $12.5m.

Elsewhere Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody has crossed $200m, Sony’s Venom has reached $500m, and Universal’s Halloween is on course to clock $100m within the next week,

Returning to the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald opened in France on $2.6m including Tuesday night previews to rank number one with a
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How Editor John Ottman Helped Rescue ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – Podcast

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What a difference a year makes.

After news broke last December that Fox was firing Bryan Singer as director on Bohemian Rhapsody, from the outside looking in, it didn’t appear as though things were going well for the Freddie Mercury biopic.

However, when it comes to executing his vision on-screen, Singer has continually surrounded himself with sublime below-the-line talent, and Ottman is a longtime collaborator who he’s worked with going make to their indie filmmaking days on such ’90s fare as the short Lion’s Den, and the Sundance Film Festival features Public Access and the Oscar-winning The Usual Suspects. And the editor doesn’t just put films like X-Men together, he typically composes the score as well, making him an anomaly in the industry (who actually does both on major studio films?).

Ottman catapulted Bohemian Rhapsody across the finish line with producers Graham King and Ep Denis O’Sullivan.
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Fantastic Beasts 2 Threatens to Crush The Grinch's Box Office Spirit

Fantastic Beasts 2 Threatens to Crush The Grinch's Box Office Spirit
Last weekend, The Grinch kicked off the holiday season with a massive $67.5 million box office take. But there will be a new champion in town as Fantastic Beasts 2 looks to cast a spell on moviegoers. Also opening this weekend will be the Mark Wahlberg comedy Instant Family and director Steve McQueen's female-led heist drama Widows, which are both heading towards solid debuts as well.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which sees David Yates return to the director's chair, with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling penning the screenplay, will win the weekend with anywhere between $65 and $75 million domestically. Worldwide, the second movie in the prequel series is looking at a debut as high as $275 million. This, despite the fact that the latest entry in the Wizarding World currently sits at a measly 52 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. But Potterheads are still expected to turn out in
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Malaysia Cuts Bohemian Rhapsody Gay Scenes and Changes Rating

Malaysia Cuts Bohemian Rhapsody Gay Scenes and Changes Rating
The head of Malaysia's censorship board, Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz, has confirmed that the country has cut out all gay scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody. It is against the law to have homosexual relations in the country, and Abdul Aziz had no problem explaining why they cut the scenes out of the Queen biopic. The argument has been completely different in North America, with Freddie Mercury fans complaining that the movie did not show enough of the front man's personal life off stage.

Several scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody featuring Freddie Mercury in same-sex situations were omitted. The result is a movie that is several minutes shorter than the rest of the world is seeing, along with it getting the equivalent of an R-rating in that country. The movie has a PG-13 rating in North America. Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz says that they cut out "four scenes" from Bohemian Rhapsody. He explains.
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