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‘Justice League’ Freefalls in Box Office Opening

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Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” is heading for a disappointing opening weekend of about $95 million at 4,051 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday.

The first Friday estimates for “Justice League” are well under the studio’s recent guidance, which had been in the $110 million range. Should it come in at the top of current estimates, “Justice League” might finish the weekend in the same range as “The Fate of the Furious” — which launched in April to $98.7 million as the seventh-largest opening of the year.

The six films that have cracked the $100 million opening mark this year are Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at $174.8 million, Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $146.5 million, Warner-New Line’s “It” at $123.4 million, Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” at $122.7 million, Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at $117 million, and Warner-dc’s “Wonder Woman” at $103.3 million. A total of 48 titles have topped $100 million in North America in their debut frames.

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- Dave McNary

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Noah Baumbach Casts Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern in Next Film

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As his current film “The Meyerowitz Stories” readies for an awards season push, Noah Baumbach has lined up an all-star cast for his next movie.

Sources tell Variety that the auteur has tapped Adam Driver, Laura Dern, and Scarlett Johansson to star in his next film. Merritt Wever and Azhy Robertson are also on board.

Plot details are unknown at this time, but Baumbach is preparing to write and direct the film. Netflix, who is handling the distribution of “The Meyerowitz Stories,” is handling financing and distribution of this movie as well. »


- Justin Kroll

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Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?

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Everyone is curious about how Oscar voting will be affected by the Academy’s new members, with 1,700 individuals (or 23%) invited in the past three years.

For me, there’s only one important issue: Do they like popular movies?

Careful, this is a trick question, because “popular” is hard to define, especially when it comes to Oscar.

This year, worldwide box office was led by “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $1.2 billion. The global top 20 also includes awards possibilities like “Logan,” “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman.” There are other 2017 films that make you feel better at the end than you did at the start, including “The Big Sick,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out.”

But what are their Oscar chances? In the past 15 years, Oscar voters have leaned toward dark material.

For most of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 90 years, popular films got regular Oscar attention. Among the many »


- Tim Gray

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Japanese Animation Market Surpassed 2 Trillion Yen in 2016

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The Japanese animation market surpassed 2 trillion yen ($17.7 billion) for the first time last year, fueled by the runaway success of “Your Name” and international sales.

In its annual survey of the industry, the Association of Japanese Animations (Aja) said the market had grown by nearly 10% from 1.82 trillion yen in 2015 to 2 trillion yen in 2016. In 2014, the market was worth 1.63 trillion yen.

The association has conducted its survey since 2009. The new survey looked at almost 100 animation productions from January to December 2016.

The survey looked at nine different categories, including TV animation, theatrical animation, video, online distribution, merchandise, live entertainment, international expansion and more. The Japanese box office recorded revenue of 66.3 billion yen in 2016, with “Your Name” and “In This Corner of the World” as big hits. That was a 41.1% increase from the previous year.

Additionally, international expansion saw 31.6% growth and live entertainment 29.5% growth from the previous year.

Related storiesToho to Make Second and Third 'Godzilla' Animation Movies  Japan Box Office: »


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Le Gentil Garcon Brings Classic Hollywood to Hermes for the Holidays

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French artist Le Gentil Garcon has designed Hermes’ holiday window installations at its 690 and 691 Madison Avenue boutiques in New York City. His installations were unveiled on Thursday and will continue to be on display through Feb. 2.

In the latest edition of the annual tradition by the fashion house, Le Gentil Garcon has designed a universe of cinema with window installations inspired by “object sense,” the theme for this year’s display.

The artist has transformed the primary focal window into a “classic movie-house where passersby will encounter a randomized selection of stylized black-and-white film clips” that Le Gentil Garcon crafted by hand. The artwork invites people to journey though the different films projected with products enlivened by humor and wit.

Both the Maison and men’s store, which face one other across Madison Avenue, display three-dimensional renditions of classic movie posters in their windows. Each window portrays a particular genre of cinema — romance, horror, mystery, »


- Taryn Nobil

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Netflix Acquires Animated Feature From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

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Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated pic “Klaus,” the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of “Despicable Me.”

The all-star voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, and Joan Cusack.

The film is a Christmas family comedy that tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. The screenplay is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis, and Jim Mahoney, based on an original story by Pablos.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus?,” Pablos said. “He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world! We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

Tanguy Olivier, Gustavo Ferrada, and Marisa Roman are serving as producers. The film is co-produced by Pablos’ animation studio Spa Studios and Atresmedia »


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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Takes Flight Worldwide, Opens With $16.4 Million on First Day in China

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Justice League” has grossed $16.4 million at 21,000 screens in China on its first day Friday, including $1.3 million in midnight sneak previews.

Warner Bros.’ superhero tentpole took in 65% of the top five films in China. The first day number is on par with Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and the second-biggest opening day for a Warners title after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Justice League” also earned $27.3 million on Wednesday and Thursday at 23,000 international sites in its first two days at the overseas box office, including $18 million on Thursday. The studio said the film was performing well in Asia with $6.3 million and in Latin America with $3.5 million, outgrossing “Wonder Woman” and “Thor: Ragnarok” in a majority of markets

Australia debuted Thursday with $1.3 million on 729 screens, commanding 67% of the top five films — the biggest opening day for a Warners film in 2017 and on par with “Thor: Ragnarok.” Russia also launched Thursday with $1.3 million from 2,625 screens, with a 63% box »


- Dave McNary

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Google Spotlight Stories Releases Vr Short ‘Sonaria’ With Steam, Viveport, Mobile App

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The Vr short “Sonaria,” a colorful and lyrical journey of two ever-changing creatures through different environments, is being released wide Friday via Steam and Viveport as well as on mobile for Android and iOS on the Google Spotlight Stories app.

The immersive short is one of the latest projects in Google Spotlight Stories’ growing and ever-more ambitious mobile and Vr canon. Released earlier this year on Steam and Viveport was the Jorge R. Gutierrez-directed short “Son of Jaguar,” which is going out even wider Friday on the Google Spotlight Stories app and for Daydream headsets. It will also be available on 360 Vr on YouTube Kids.

The idea for “Sonaria” was conceived by Scot Stafford, creative director of music and sound for all the Google Spotlight Stories projects. Stafford co-directed the short with L.A.-based animation studio Chromosphere.

“It started off as an experiment in sound, which is something that in Vr takes on some additional »


- Terry Flores

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Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Team on ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

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In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” with Viola Davis attached to star.

Girls Trip” helmer Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct and produce along with Davis, who will produce with her husband Julius Tennon via their JuVee Productions banner. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley are also producing.

Ron Bass will adapt with McMillan. The two previously collaborated on the films “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Waiting to Exhale.”

The story follows Georgia Young, a twice-divorced, successful optometrist whose life looks great on paper, but she finds herself feeling bored and restless and decides it’s time to change lanes. As a result, she finds herself on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers, and getting a brand new lease on life.

The book is a New York Times bestseller published by Crown »


- Justin Kroll

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Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew He Was Sleazy’

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Ben Affleck sat down Friday morning with Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show, where he discussed the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, who was instrumental in launching his career.

Affleck, who is making the rounds to promote “Justice League,” told Guthrie, “I knew [Weinstein] was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately, that wasn’t that uncommon.” He explained that, as a 24-year-old newcomer to Hollywood who “had never made a movie,” he did not understand how the business worked and what behavior was deemed acceptable. Affleck shared his first Academy Award win with Matt Damon for their “Good Will Hunting” screenplay.

In addition to his breakout film “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck collaborated with Weinstein on several other movies, including “Shakespeare in Love,” which starred his former girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow — one of the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.

He answered questions regarding the same subject during an appearance on “The Late Show” [link »


- Taryn Nobil

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Fabrice du Welz to Direct ‘Adoration’ With ‘Happy End’ Breakout Star (Exclusive)

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Acclaimed Belgian director Fabrice du Welz is set to direct “Adoration,” the third part of a trilogy that includes “The Ordeal,” which played at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, and “Alleluia,” which played at Directors’ Fortnight.

“Adoration” is being produced by Vincent Tavier at Brussels-based Panique! and Manuel Chiche at Paris-based The Jokers. Memento Films International has acquired international sales to the film. The Jokers will handle distribution in France.

Like “The Ordeal” and “Alleluia,” “Adoration” will explore the boundaries of a maddening, destructive love, this time between two children. It follows 12-year-old Paul, who falls in love with Gloria, a schizophrenic teenager in the mental institution where his mother works. Paul decides to help Gloria escape after she commits a crime, and together they embark on a trip that reveals the extent of Gloria’s dangerous madness and Paul’s devotion to her.

Tavier, who wrote the script with du Welz, said “Adoration »


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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Taps ‘The Square’ Star Claes Bang as Villain (Exclusive)

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Claes Bang, who broke out in the critically acclaimed Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The Square,” has landed a role as one of the antagonists in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to the smash hit “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Claire Foy is set to star as Lisbeth Salander and “Blade Runner 2049’s” Sylvia Hoeks is on board as Salander’s twin sister. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.

The studio had no comment on the casting.

The movie will be directed by Fede Alvarez, who helmed 2016’s surprise hit “Don’t Breathe” for Sony. »


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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Soars to $13 Million on Thursday Night

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Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” has opened with a solid, but not spectacular $13 million at around 3,700 North American locations on Thursday night.

The number for “Justice League” is the fifth-biggest Thursday preview of 2017, following “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Justice League” tied “It’s” Thursday preview gross. The figure is also $2 million more than “Wonder Woman’s” Thursday night number in June.

Justice League” expands to 4,051 domestic sites on Friday. It has remained on track for an opening weekend of $110 million since late October. »


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MoviePass Cuts Prices, Offers $6.95 a Month Plan for Unlimited Movies

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Updated: MoviePass is offering a limited-time subscription that will allow users to pay $6.95 a month to watch a movie a day for a year. The service typically costs $9.95 a month, but the new deal comes with a catch. Users have to commit to a 12-month subscription.

“We did a soft launch yesterday,” MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told Variety. “We’re discovering there’s much more interest and demand than we ever imagined. We keep hearing from customers that they want an annual plan or they wanted some way to give MoviePass as a gift.”

MoviePass is trying to become the Netflix of cinema-going, but right now it seems to be more focused on building a customer base than turning a profit. The company pays theaters the full price for a ticket, so it is in essence subsidizing its users’ movie-going and losing money each time they check out a film. The average »

- Brent Lang

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Quentin Tarantino Film About Manson Family Murders Lands at Sony

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Sony Pictures has emerged victorious in its quest to land worldwide rights to Quentin Tarantino’s next film. The studio was one of three finalists for distribution rights to the picture, beating out Warner Bros. and Paramount to land one of the hottest titles on the market.

Studio chief Tom Rothman pushed aggressively for the project, working with his top deputy Sanford Panitch and marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein to court the “Pulp Fiction” director, and selling Tarantino on the studio’s ability to market the picture and roll it out internationally.

Tarantino drove a hard bargain, however, and some studios balked at his deal terms. The picture, set in 1969, involves the Charles Manson family murders. It is rumored to have a budget of nearly $100 million and Tarantino is demanding first dollar gross, meaning he gets a taste of the studio’s pre-tax revenues. He also receives final cut. That scared »


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Trafalgar Releasing Scoops ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ Ahead of Anniversary (Exclusive)

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Trafalgar Releasing has acquired worldwide theatrical rights (except North America and selected others) to “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” ahead of a push to put the iconic comedy back in cinemas next year to mark its 40th anniversary. The deal sees most of the global rights sit with one distributor, whereas in the past there was a patchwork of deals in place.

Trafalgar, which was Picture House Entertainment before a management buyout and rebrand, has worked with the Python team before, on the theatrical release of 2014’s live show “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go.” It registered 330,000 admissions globally.

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” was the second major film from the comedy troupe and is a scathing satire of both religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical. It will be back in cinemas next year as part of a program of celebrations around the 40th anniversary.

The film fared »


- Stewart Clarke

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Ufa: The Fall and Rise of the 100-Year-Old Production Powerhouse

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Universum-Film Ag is founded in December 1917 during World War I as part of an effort to create greater competition against foreign films and as part of the German Empire’s propaganda machine. Following the war, however, the film company focused on popular genres.

During the 1920s, Ufa produces silent classics like Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis.” Other major Ufa productions in the era include Fritz Lang’s “Dr. Mabuse,” “Die Nibelungen” and “Metropolis,” for which it builds Europe’s largest sound stage at the Neubabelsberg Bioscop studios (today’s Studio Babelsberg), as well as F.W. Murnau’s “Faust” and “The Last Laugh.”

Following a financial crisis, Ufa is taken over in 1927 by the Scherl Group. The company begins making talkies in 1930 with Josef von Sternberg’s “The Blue Angel,” starring Marlene Dietrich, which becomes a worldwide success. Lightweight film operettas replace the more emotional films of the silent era.

In 1933, the Nazi Party rises to power and filmmakers »


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Toho to Make Second and Third ‘Godzilla’ Animation Movies

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Toho has revealed production of a follow-up to “Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters,” the first Godzilla feature animation, which opens today in Japan.

Godzilla Kessen Kido Zoshoku Toshi” (literally, Godzilla: Battle Mobile Breeding City) is set to open in May of next year. The setting for the new film is a dark future in which surviving humans battle a Godzilla who has ruled the Earth for the past 20,000 years.

The two films are part of a planned trilogy, but Toho has not divulged plot descriptions of the succeeding two films. It has released a teaser visual showing humans emerging from rubble. They confront a monster looking somewhat like “Mechagodzilla,” a Godzilla robot doppelganger who first appeared in the 1974 Ishiro Honda film “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.”

“Monsters” is directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, with Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures handling production. Following its theatrical release in Japan, “Monsters” will be streamed by Netflix globally.

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Idfa: Brazil’s Habanero Films Boards Ruben Mendoza’s ‘Miss María, Skirting the Mountain’ (Exclusive)

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In its final stop before a Nov. 23 domestic theatrical release in Colombia, “Miss María, Skirting the Mountain” will screen four times at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa), in the “Best of Fest” competition.

This week, executive producer Amanda Sarmiento announced that the film will be partnering with sales agent Habanero Films. The Brazil based company is headed by industry marketing sales specialist Alfredo Calvino and festival specialist Patricia Martin, and focuses on films from Latin American and Caribbean filmmakers.

Sarmiento is a former executive producer at Señal Colombia, the country’s public education and culture channel, through 2014. Currently she is a consultant with the Colombian Ministry of Culture on affairs relating to cultural and public broadcasting and non-fiction audiovisual genres.

“Miss María,” was directed and co-produced by Rubén Mendoza, who first made a name for himself with a string of successful short films, competing in many of the world’s most important festivals such as »


- Jamie Lang

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Idfa: FiGa Films Signs as Sales Agent on Brazil’s ‘Building Bridges’ (Exclusive)

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International sales agent and distributor FiGa Films have signed on to represent Brazilian documentary “Building Bridges,” an Official Selection player at this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa).

From its inception in 2006, FiGa has focused on acquiring the best of new Latin American cinema, and has since expanded their reach into North America, Europe and Africa and include films from a wide range of genres. Its current involvement with “Building Bridges” fits the company’s Mo of joining projects early, and helping place them in the right festivals before eventual multi-territory releases.

Of the new sales arrangement FiGa co-founder Sandro Fiorin told Variety, “I’ve admired Heloisa’s work as a cinematographer for years. When she told me about her feature project as a director I was instantly intrigued. Little did I know it would become such a powerful and poignant film.’”

Heloísa Passos is one of Brazil’s most prolific and lauded cinematographers going today »


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