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Disney Box Office Tops $7 Billion for 2018, the Studio’s Second-Best Year Ever

Hard up for cash? Try to get in good with the House of Mouse. With three weeks left in the fever dream that is 2018, this year’s Disney box office has hit $7 billion globally. The reason for such success is obvious – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! Yes, the Disney fantasy film took in […]

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Production begins on the Alan Moore-scripted The Show

Emu Flms and Lex Films have announced that production is underway on The Show, a detective story from the mind of legendary creator Alan Moore, which marks his first original feature screenplay to be realised on screen.

“With The Show, I wanted to apply the storytelling ability accumulated during the rest of my varied career to the medium of film,” said Moore. “I wanted to see if it was possible to create an immersive and addictive world with no throwaway dialogue and no throwaway characters, a world where every character is memorable, distinctive and attempting to steal the whole show for themselves, just as we do in real life. I wanted to take some very old-school approaches to film and to find out, alongside Mitch Jenkins, what would happen if you connected them up with some very modern ideas and technical capabilities, and I wanted to make a piece of
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Korea Box Office: ‘Default’ Wins Again, ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Mortal Engines’ Fail to Excite

Korean-made financial drama, “Default” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Cj Entertainment release earned $4.95 million from 631,200 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $19.9 million after two weekends on release. “Bohemian Rhapsody” also remained in second. The Fox release earned $4.79 million to extend its total $54.5 million from 7.08 million admissions after six weekends.

Opening on Wednesday (Dec. 5), Korean thriller, “Door Lock” debuted in third. The Megabox release earned $6.13 million over five days, including $4.38 million over the weekend. Starring Kong Hyo-jin (“A Single Rider”), the film is the story of a woman who finds signs of a stranger entering her house, where she lives by herself. The top three films accounted for a total of 74% of the total weekend box office.

Disney’s Thursday opener, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” debuted in fourth. It earned $1.72 million in four days. “Mortal Engines” and “Running Man,
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'Aquaman' surges to $61.1m in first two days in China (update)

Grindelwald crosses $400m internationally.

December 8 Update: Aquaman brought in a further $37.2m (Rmb 256m) on Saturday from 32,500 3D screens to dominate the market on 85% share and raise the running total after two days to $61.1m (Rmb 421.3m).

The DC tentpole scored Warner Bros Pictures International’s (Wbpi) biggest China opening day on Friday and is tracking 54% ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 69% ahead of Justice League, and more than double Wonder Woman by the same stage.

Wbpi sources said the new release was retaining strong word of mouth based on scores from local ticketing services and entertainment platforms,
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'Aquaman' sets Warner Bros opening day record in China

Grindelwald crosses $400m internationally.

Aquaman has made a big splash in China and set a Warner Bros opening day record on Friday of an estimated $24.6m (Rmb 169.5m).

Playing on approximately 30,500 screens (all 3D) and securing roughly 86% market share, the DC Entertainment tentpole starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan also delivered the biggest industry opening day in the month of September.

Warner Bros Pictures International (Wbpi) executives said Aquaman’s online profile was “extremely high” in China, with a Maoyan score of 9.5, Taopiaopaio on 9.4, and Douban on 8.4. The film debuts in North America on December 21.

In other good news for Wbpi,
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Bond 25: Cary Fukunaga Recruits Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-Winning Cinematographer

Bond 25: Cary Fukunaga Recruits Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-Winning Cinematographer
Cary Fukunaga and Daniel Craig have found an exciting new addition for Bond 25: Cinematographer Linus Sandgren. The Swedish Dp will join Fukunaga behind the camera for the next 007 adventure, which will be Sandgren’s first James Bond movie and one of his biggest studio projects to date. IndieWire confirmed the hiring with Sandgren himself.

Sandgren is best known for his collaborations with Damien Chazelle. The 46-year-old Dp won the Oscar for Best Cinematography at the 89th Academy Awards for his work on the musical “La La Land,” and he’s expected to be back in the race again next year with his work on Chazelle’s astronaut drama “First Man.”

Other notable films shot by Sandgren include David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and “Joy,” Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Battle of the Sexes.” The cinematographer’s last release was Disney
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20 films in contention for the Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards

As awards season begins to heat up, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that twenty films remain in contention for a nomination in the category of Best Visual Effects at the 91st Academy Awards.

Vying for one of the five Oscar nomination spots are:

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Bumblebee

Christopher Robin

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mortal Engines

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Paddington 2

A Quiet Place

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Welcome to Marwen

From the above list, ten will move forward to the voting stage, with five then securing a nomination. The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced in January 2019 ahead of the Oscar ceremony on February 24th 2019.

What’s your pick for the Best Visual Effects Oscar?
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‘Incredibles 2’ poised to make Oscars history as first CGI animated film nominated for Best Visual Effects

‘Incredibles 2’ poised to make Oscars history as first CGI animated film nominated for Best Visual Effects
Incredibles 2” had a great day on December 3. First it reaped a leading 11 bids with the Annie Awards. Then it got a step closer to making Oscars history as the first CGI animated feature to be nominated for Best Visual Effects by earning a spot on the shortlist of 20 films. The stop-motion animated film “Isle of Dogs” also numbers among the contenders that will now be considered by the executive committee of the visual effects branch. (Two other stop motion animated films have been nominated to date: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in 1995 and “Kubo and the Two Strings” in 2017.)

Among the other 18 films still in the running are the top four box office draws of the year: “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,“ “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2.” Also in the mix are more serious fare such as “First Man” and “Welcome to Marwen” as well as sequels such
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Oscars: VFX Race Includes ‘Avengers’, ‘A Quiet Place’, More

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that 20 films are eligible for consideration in the Visual Effects category at the 91st Oscars. Nominations will be unveiled January 22.

Later this month, the Movie Academy’s Visual Effects Branch executive committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Last year, Warner BrosBlade Runner 2049 won in the category.

Here are this year’s eligible films, in alphabetical order:

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Bumblebee

“Christopher Robin”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Mortal Engines

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Paddington 2

A Quiet Place

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Welcome to Marwen

The Oscars are set for February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland live on ABC.
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'First Man', 'Paddington 2', 'Aquaman' on Oscar effects longlist

Shortlist to be unveiled later in December.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday (3) announced the 20 films in the running in for the visual effects category for the 91st Academy Awards.

Among them are First Man, Black Panther, Aquaman, Avengers: Infinity War, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Paddington 2, and Mary Poppins.

The Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee determined the preliminary list of films eligible for further awards consideration. Later this month, the committee will select the shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced
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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Black Panther’ & ‘First Man’ Among 20 Visual Effects Oscar Finalists

The Academy of Motion Pictures announced the 20 contenders in the running for the 2019 Visual Effects Oscar this afternoon. There were a few notable snubs among the submissions including “Venom,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Meg” and “Rampage.” Some of the surprise entries included “Isle of Dogs,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Incredibles 2.”

Read More: ‘Aquaman’ early reactions: ‘Avatar’ meets ‘Jupiter Ascending

The full list of all 20 films still in the race are as follows:

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Bumblebee

“Christopher Robin”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Mortal Engines

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Paddington 2

A Quiet Place

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Welcome to Marwen

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films eligible for further awards consideration.
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‘First Man’ and ‘Black Panther’ Among 20 Films Advancing in Oscars VFX Race

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‘First Man’ and ‘Black Panther’ Among 20 Films Advancing in Oscars VFX Race
The Academy on Monday released the 20 movies that are in the running for the Visual Effects category in the 2019 Oscars race, including Best Picture hopefuls “First Man,” “Black Panther” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

The short list of 10 films ahead of the nominees will be selected from this list of 20 eligible films later this month.

Also making an appearance on the list are the superhero films “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Aquaman,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2.” Here’s the full list:

Also Read: 'First Man': How Damien Chazelle Made That Terrifying Opening Scene

Ant-Man and the Wasp” “Aquaman” “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” “Bumblebee” “Christopher Robin” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” “First Man” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” “Mortal Engines” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” “Paddington 2” “A Quiet Place” “Ready Player One” “Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Oscars: ‘Aquaman,’ ‘Avengers’ and More Advance in VFX Race

  • Variety
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 20 films that will advance in this year’s visual effects Oscar race. They are:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp”

“Aquaman”

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Bumblebee

“Christopher Robin”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Mortal Engines

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Paddington 2

A Quiet Place

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Welcome to Marwen

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary list of films eligible for further awards consideration. Later this month, the committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
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2019 Annie Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Nominations for the 46th annual Annie Awards were announced on Dec. 3, 2018 and winners will be revealed on Feb. 2, 2018 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Pixar’s “Incredibles 2,” which is the frontrunner at the Oscars, leads with 11 nominations while Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is right behind with 10. The Annie Awards cover 32 categories and are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association. Scroll down to see the full list of nominations.

In addition to the competitive awards, honorary Windsor McKay awards will be presented honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation by director, animator and art director Ralph Eggleston, voice director and voice actress Andrea Romano and, posthumously, to Frank Braxton, the first African-American animator, animation director and guild president. The Ub Iwerks Award will be presented to Ton Roosendaal for developing Blender Open Source Animation Software while the June Foray
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Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’ Nabs 11 Annie Award Nominations

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Pixar’s Oscar-frontrunner “Incredibles 2” led the pack for Asifa-Hollywood’s 46th Annie Awards (February 2nd at UCLA’s Royce Hall) with 11 nominations, followed by Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” with 10.

Tied for third was Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and Aardman’s “Early Man” with seven. This gives an Oscar boost to “Spider-Verse” and its innovative Miles Morales origin story.

The biggest surprises were in the shorts competition, with Pixar’s Oscar frontrunner, “Bao,” getting shut out along with DreamWorks’ two contenders, “Bilby” and “Bird Karma.”

Joining “Incredibles 2,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Into the Spider-Verse,” and “Early Man” for animated feature is Wes Anderson’s stop-motion “Isle of Dogs.” Competing in the indie race are GKids’ “Mirai” and “Mfkz,” Sony Classics’ “Ruben Brandt, Collector,” Shout! Studio’s “Tito and the Birds,” and “Ce Magnifique Gâteau!”

Incredibles 2” also picked up nominations for effects, character animation,
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'Ralph Breaks The Internet' tops UK box office ahead of 'Creed II'

Warner BrosFantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald drops into third place.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Nov 30-Dec 2) Total gross to date Week 1 Ralph Breaks The Internet (Disney) £4m £4m 1 2 Creed II (Warner Bros) £3m £3m 1 3 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (Warner Bros) £2.7m £26.7m 3 4 The Grinch (Universal) £2.3m £17m 4 5. Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £1.5m £42m 6

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.27.

Disney

Disney’s animated title Ralph Breaks The Internet has opened top of the UK box office, ending the two-week run of Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios,
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Netflix in talks for Production Hub at Pinewood Studios - reports

Streaming giant stepping up European ambitions.

Netflix has offered a ‘no comment’ on reports that it is exploring a production hub at the UK’s Pinewood Studios.

According to the Financial Times, the streaming giant is looking to sign a long lease at the storied facility that has hosted hundreds of film and TV shoots over the decades.

Pinewood had not commented in earlier reports. Netflix is already heavily invested in UK production and would benefit from a local hub that gives it access to the UK’s tax breaks and world-class infrastructure.

The streaming giant has greenlit several dozen
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Netflix offers no comment on Pinewood reports

Streaming giant stepping up European ambitions.

Netflix has offered a ‘no comment’ on reports that it is exploring a production hub at the UK’s Pinewood Studios.

According to the Financial Times, the streaming giant is looking to sign a long lease at the storied facility that has hosted hundreds of film and TV shoots over the decades.

Pinewood had not commented in earlier reports. Netflix is already heavily invested in UK production and would benefit from a local hub that gives it access to the UK’s tax breaks and world-class infrastructure.

The streaming giant has greenlit several dozen
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James Newton Howard Stays Busy With ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Red Sparrow’ and ‘Grindelwald’ Scores

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James Newton Howard Stays Busy With ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Red Sparrow’ and ‘Grindelwald’ Scores
Two of eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard’s three 2018 scores involved ballet and led to collaborations with high-profile artists from the concert world. Former L.A. Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted Howard’s ballet music for “Red Sparrow,” while current Phil director Gustavo Dudamel conducted his score for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” with acclaimed artist Lang Lang at the piano.

Red Sparrow,” the thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, demanded an opening 12-minute ballet that was “distinctly Russian sounding,” with harmonies and melodic gestures reminiscent of 20th-century Soviet composers. Howard is no stranger to classical writing, having recently recorded a violin concerto and he is currently writing a cello concerto to debut next year.

He was on Disney’s “Nutcracker” for two years. “The trick with ‘Nutcracker’ was figure out how much, and where, we could the Tchaikovsky – using as much as we possibly
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‘The Aftermath’ Trailer: Keira Knightley Begins A Love Affair With Alexander Skarsgård In Post-wwii Germany

This year has been a bit of a mixed bag for actress Keira Knightley. Earlier in the year, the actress was wowing audiences in the film “Colette,” with some wondering if some awards love was in her future. However, her most recent film, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” serves as a rare Disney misfire, leaving a bad taste in film fans’ mouths.

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