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

15 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

18 February 2017 10:16 PM, PST | 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 Dory” 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 »


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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Tops $3.2M, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Opens at $1M – Specialty Box Office

12 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

This holiday weekend’s Specialty box office is mostly quiet with debuts while key Oscar nominees are keeping their zest. At over $3.2M, Magnolia Pictures' documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, in its third weekend of release, has pulled ahead in cumulative gross of all but a few 2016 non-fiction releases. Pantelion/Lionsgate's Spanish and English romantic-comedy Everybody Loves Somebody bowed with a 3-day take of $1M in 333 theaters, by far the most for a new specialty… »


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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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‘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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‘Shazam’: Superhero Movie Eyes ‘Lights Out’ Director

17 February 2017 2:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lights Out” director David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct New Line’s “Shazam” superhero movie.

Lights Out,” based on Sandberg’s short film, was a breakout success last summer for New Line with the horror film grossing nearly $150 million on a $5 million budget. Several months before the release of “Lights Out,” New Line hired the Swedish filmmaker to direct “Annabelle 2,” which will be out in August.

Shazam first appeared in 1939 as Captain Marvel in comic books published by Fawcett Comics as a creation of artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker. He is the alter ego of teenage Billy Batson, who becomes the superhero when he says the word “Shazam!” — an acronym for the gods of the ancient world with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

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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.

Not A Drill I Repeat This Is. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Kevin Smith Will Still Release ‘Clerks 3’ and ‘Mallrats 2’ in Some Form

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Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came […]

The post Kevin Smith Will Still Release ‘Clerks 3’ and ‘Mallrats 2’ in Some Form appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Tell us your alternative Oscar nominees ahead of the awards

40 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We’d like you to nominate a film or performance the Academy may have overlooked. Tell us who gets your vote and why

As La La Land, Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight battle it out for Oscar glory, we’d like you to tell us which films deserve a special mention this year.

Although the Golden Globes produced a couple of surprises earlier this month – including Damien Chazelle’s musical picking up just 5 awards, not the expected 14 – we’ll all have heard, and likely already seen, this year’s nominees.

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Surprise: ‘Moonlight’ Top ‘Manchester By The Sea’ And ‘La La Land’ At WGA Awards

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The last major guild award before the Academy Awards was handed out on Sunday evening and the winner was something of a surprise. Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney took the Original Screenplay honor at the WGA Awards for “Moonlight” over Kenneth Lonergan’s script for “Manchester by the Sea,” Taylor Sheridan’s “Hell or High Water” and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” It’s sort of a big deal.

Continue reading Surprise: ‘Moonlight’ Top ‘Manchester By The Sea’ And ‘La La Land’ At WGA Awards at The Playlist. »

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Oscars: Is ‘Moonlight’ Poised To Make History After WGA Original Screenplay Win?

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Well that didn’t settle much! For only the third time since 1984 (some 32 years ago), the Writers Guild and the Oscars are possibly going to have two different winners in the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories, although you can put an asterisk on that statistic since they are both likely to have Moonlight as a shared winner – but in two different writing categories. If I haven’t confused you enough, let me make this even more perplexing. With tonight’s newly… »

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Motion Pictures Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards: ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Westworld’ Among Winners – Full List

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The winners for the 64th annual Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards, which recognize achievements in sound editing in feature film, TV, animation and web-based productions, were announced Sunday during a ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. During the opening address, Mpse president Tom McCarthy stated, "The Mpse continues to grow. Our membership now extends around the world. We are building a global network of sound professionals in order to… »


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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Golden Reel Sound Editing Awards

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Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” claimed top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (Mpse) 64th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The film won in both the FX/Foley and Dialogue/Adr categories. “La La Land” won in the musical field.

Awards also went to “Warcraft: The Beginning” and “Moana,” among others.

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

On the television side, “Westworld” won prizes in both the short form and long form categories. “Penny Dreadful,” “The Night Of” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” were also recognized.

Guillermo del Toro received the organization’s Filmmaker Award, while sound editor Harry Cohen (“Kill Bill,” “Blood Diamond,” “Lone Survivor”) accepted a career achievement honor.

Hacksaw Ridge” and “La La Land” are Oscar-nominated for best sound editing this year along with “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Sully. »


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‘La La Land,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Win Make-Up & Hair Awards

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” continued its awards momentum, taking best contemporary hairstyling Sunday night at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.

However, in terms of the Oscar race, makeup and hairstyling nominees “Suicide Squad” and “Star Trek Beyond” were both big winners, grabbing period/character make-up and special make-up effects, respectively.

Other movie winners were “Nocturnal Animals” for contemporary make-up and “Hail, Caesar!” for period hair styling.

TV winners included “Westworld,” ” Game of Thrones,” The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Dancing With the Stars.”

Make-up artist Leonard Engelman (“Ghostbusters”) and hair stylist Barbara Lorenz (“La La Land”) were feted for their lifetime achievements, while “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy received the Distinguished Artisan Award.

Winners for Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films):

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Make-Up and Hair Styling Awards

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

Nocturnal Animals,” “La La Land,” “Suicide Squad,” “Hail, Caesar!” and “Star Trek Beyond” all earned trophies from the Make-Up and Hair Stylings Guild at the org’s fourth annual awards ceremony.

Westworld,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” won in the television categories.

Ryan Murphy (“Feud,” “American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story”) received the guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award, while makeup artist Leonard Engelman and hairstylist Barbara Lorenz picked up lifetime achievement honors.

The ceremony was held at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live. Comedian Loni Love hosted for the second year in a row.

This year’s Oscar nominees for makeup and hairstyling are “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Last year’s Emmy winners in makeup categories were “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Game of Thrones” and “Key & Peele.”

Full list of winners below. »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: ‘La La Land’, ‘People V. O.J. Simpson’ Among Winners – Full List

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The 2017 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards honored the talented professionals who create the looks for Hollywood's most memorable characters and stars of stage, screen, television and, now, the Internet. Winners in the film categories included La La Land, Suicide Squad and Nocturnal Animals, among others. On the TV side, American Horror Story: Roanoke took home three trophies, with The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Game of Thrones and Westworld… »


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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

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When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes, »


- Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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WGA Members Outline Top Issues In Looming Contract Negotiations – WGA Awards

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A week after WGA leaders encouraged their members “to fight if necessary” in their upcoming TV/film contract talks, the union’s call to arms tonight onstage at the WGA Awards ceremony was radio silence. Some rallying might have gone a long way with members in the room. While some writers Deadline spoke with tonight certainly were in the know about their wants for TV, streaming and new media residuals during the next round of talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Te… »

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Writers Guild Award Analysis: It’s Still ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester’ At the Oscars

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Writers Guild Awards and the Academy writing nominees always don’t line up; many films are ineligible. This year, those included Oscar-writing nominees “Lion” and “The Lobster.”

This year, the WGA and the Academy differed dramatically. While the WGA deemed “Moonlight” and “Loving” as Original Screenplays, the Academy considered both as Adapted; only “Moonlight” landed a nomination.

At the WGA, as at the BAFTAs, Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” competed for the Original Screenplay Award against both Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Unlike the BAFTAs, Jenkins emerged the winner over Lonergan, a sign of strength for “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Oscars.

Read More: Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

However, in the Oscars’ Original Screenplay contest, lauded playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me, »


- Anne Thompson

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

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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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