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

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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. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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

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

8 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 […]

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- 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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- Dave McNary

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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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‘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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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Rick Goes Dumpster Diving in ‘New Best Friends’

54 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: Rick Goes Recruiting in ‘Rock In The Road

Whose Episode Is It?

Two main plotlines run through “New Best Friends”: The Ricketeers meet a new group of truly odd survivors, and Daryl considers his options in the Kingdom and reunites with Carol. This gives the episode a bit of tonal whiplash, since the Rick stuff is downright goofy (yes, goofier than the Kingdom), while Daryl and Carol’s scenes are emotionally fraught. Still, both storylines are satisfying in their own way.

Yet Another Human Faction

Hoo boy, this new group introduced this week. They take Rick and the others to their lair, which is a huge garbage dump. Rick’s still grinning, because he’s happy to recruit anyone into his war, even this group of high-wattage mega-weirdos. The Dumpsters are more like a post-apocalypse faction you’d find in “Mad Max”; they speak in short, »


- Jeff Stone

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Investigating ‘Big Little Lies’: ‘Somebody’s Dead,’ But Who Died and Who Did It?

59 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Big Little Lies” Episode 1, “Somebody’s Dead.”]

Madeline’s comin’, yo!

Ok, Ok, no one would ever say that on “Big Little Lies” (or probably even get the reference), but in a Baltimore-based version of HBO’s new mystery, can’t you imagine the other Monterrey moms warning one another every time Reese Witherspoon’s power mom came walking into school? Since the very first frames of Episode 1, Madeline dominates her world with an aura some may fear and others may covet.

But does that make her the killer or the killee? We weren’t given many hints toward the murderer or victim’s identity in the first hour of Jean-Marc Vallee’s new limited series, but that doens’t mean we’re lacking in theories. Below, we’ve taken each major character introduced in the premiere and broken down what we know about them, what we don’t, and what it might all mean toward the series’ larger mystery: Whodunnit? »


- Ben Travers

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Richard Schickel, Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84

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Richard Schickel, film critic for Time magazine, passed away on Saturday, February 19 in Los Angeles from complications after a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84. Beginning his career as a critic in the 1960s, he was a film critic for Time magazine from 1965 to 2010, also writing for Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times Book Review and Truthdig. Over the course of his life, Schickel estimated that he'd seen around 22,590 movies, the first… »


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Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84

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

Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84.

“He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”

He wrote and/or directed more than 30 documentaries, mostly for television.

Schickel shared a 1977 Emmy nomination for the documentary “Life Goes to the Movies” and received two nominations in 1987 for the documentary “Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente,” which he directed.

Schickel wrote film reviews for Life magazine from 1965 until the magazine folded in »


- Carmel Dagan

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WGA Awards Live Blog & Winners List (Updating Live)

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The 69th annual WGA Awards are being handed out tonight in dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, and Deadline is live blogging from both venues. We also will be updating the winners list live (see below), so refresh regularly for the latest. Arrival’s Eric Heisserer) already has won for Adapted Screenplay, and Atlanta won for Comedy Series. Also on the TV side, NBC’s This Is Us won for Episodic Drama, and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt took the WGA Award for… »


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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners, Updating Live

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. With nominees spanning some of awards seasons’ biggest winners so far — think “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” “Transparent,” “Atlanta,” “Stranger Things” and many more — this year’s awards should prove to be yet another starry entry into the (almost complete) season.

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — updating live as the awards are announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water,” written by Taylor Sheridan; CBS Films

La La Land,” written by Damien Chazelle; Lionsgate

Loving,” written by Jeff Nichols; Focus Features

Manchester by the Sea,” written by Kenneth Lonergan; Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions

Moonlight,” written by Barry Jenkins, Story by »


- Kate Erbland

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BBC America Orders Nature Series ‘Blue Planet II,’ Exploring the World’s Oceans

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hot off the premiere of “Planet Earth II,” BBC America is returning to the oceans for its next epic nature series.

The cable network announced Sunday that it will air “Blue Planet II,” which also comes from the BBC Natural History Unit. The seven-part nature series will explore the world’s oceans, and will be presented by broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

“I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known,” Attenborough said in a statement.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Review: A Revival With Greater Purpose Than Meets the Eye

Blue Planet II” will serve as a sequel to “The Blue Planet,” which was broadcast in 2001 and also featured Attenborough’s narration.

“Like ‘Planet Earth II,’ this is a remarkable and relevant sequel – this time plunging us into an awe inspiring »


- Michael Schneider

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