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‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America

‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America
Warner Bros.-DC’s costly “Justice League” has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations.

It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time.
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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut

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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut
Hardcore DC movie fans have launched a change.org petition asking Warner Bros. to restore director Zack Snyder’s original “Justice League” cut, together with Tom Holkenborg’s (Junkie Xl) score on home release. As of this writing, the petition has collected over 19,000 signatures. DC Movie fan Roberto Mata from San Juan, Puerto Rico launched the petition, condemning changes that were made to the film’s score and run-time following Snyder’s exit in May when his daughter died. Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film, and composer Holkenborg was replaced with Danny Elfman.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)

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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)
Harvey Weinstein drew up a secret hitlist of 91 actors, publicists, producers, and other notable figures in the film industry for his private investigators to target, according to a report in The Guardian. The British paper reported Saturday that it had “gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.” Among those on the list were Rose McGowan, who was among the first to speak out about Weinstein last month, when the...
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‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again

‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer Gets to Work Saving the World Again
Disney-Pixar has released the first Incredibles 2 trailer. The upcoming film will pick up after the events of the first movie, and will focus more on Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) as Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays home to raise Jack-Jack. And as this first teaser trailer reveals, Jack-Jack is going to be quite the handful. Incredibles fans probably saw that coming, especially if they saw writer-director Brad Bird's 2005 animated short Jack-Jack Attack. It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since that brief peek at the incredible powers …
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Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar

Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar
India’s Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions have halted the global release of much-anticipated costume drama “Padmavati.” Controversy was sparked by the idea that it features a cross-faith Hindu-Muslim romance.

The film had been set for a Dec. 1 release in India. Related company, Paramount Pictures was recently announced as handle the worldwide distribution, in a day-and-date date release, coordinated with the outing in India.

While announcing a “voluntary deferment” of the film’s release, Viacom18 said that it had faith in legal process. And that it expected to announce a new date soon.
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Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker

Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker
Good Time” isn’t exactly a laugh riot. Robert Pattinson stars as one of two bank-robbing brothers in the Safdie Brothers’ latest, the title of which is about as ironic as Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.” In a new Los Angeles Times interview, however, the “Twilight” star–turned–arthouse staple reveals that the film’s first draft was “much more of a comedy.”
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‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says

‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says
Despite the eruption of controversy over the nomination of “Get Out” in the Golden Globe’s best musical or comedy category, the picture’s cast and producers appeared to have taken the social media furor in stride Friday night.

At a celebration for “Get Out” at Hollywood’s Lombardi house, producer Jason Blum said the film defies a neat category or label – and that’s a strength.

“It is all things: satire. It’s an action movie. It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s a thriller. It’s a horror movie,” Blum told Variety. “That’s what makes it great, is that you can’t put it in a box.”

The critical response to the genre film has been very inspiring, Blum said, in part because it has brought an ongoing conversation about structural racism to the fore.

“The movie is making people think that you can really use genre to tell very, very
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‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie

‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie
Paula Wagner’s five-year quest to get the story of Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall onto screen was “absolutely worth it,” the Hollywood producer told filmmakers at Poland’s Camerimage fest on Friday.

The inspiring biopic, “Marshall,” which opened in October, focuses on an early case the young Marshall takes on in Connecticut, defending a black chauffeur accused of rape and attempted murder against his rich, white employer. As the future jurist on the highest court in the land develops his strategy, viewers come to grips with the extent of racism and bias in the justice system that’s hardly limited to the South.

Set in 1940 and featuring “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman as Marshall, the courtroom drama avoids simple hero myths and portrays the defense attorney’s substantial (and deserving) ego as a factor that may endanger his success, as Variety reviewer Peter Debruge points out.

The true story, in which Marshall’s employer,
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‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $96M Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened – Sunday Am Update

‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $96M Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened – Sunday Am Update
Sunday Am writethru: Refresh for updates No great heroic change for Justice League’s prospects this weekend as Warner Bros./DC is reporting its superhero ensemble movie at $96M this morning after a $38.8M Friday (including solid $13M Thursday) and a Saturday of $33M, -15%. The expectation is that Justice League declines 27% today for $24.1M, still an upset for what was expected to be a high point for the DC superhero universe, especially when you consider that tracking…
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The strange, sad story of Adam Deacon: 'I started thinking, will I ever act again?'

The east London-born actor starred in films such as Kidulthood and pipped Eddie Redmayne to a Bafta. He was poised for Hollywood until a skunk-induced psychosis led to a row with mentor Noel Clarke and a restraining order. Now appearing on stage in The Retreat, he talks about seizing his second chance

When Adam Deacon beat Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston to the Bafta for rising star in 2012 it caused an upset. While Deacon was a working-class school dropout who played street boys, the Eton-educated Redmayne and Hiddleston were already Hollywood sex symbols in the making. But the upset was nothing compared with what came next. As Redmayne and Hiddleston continued their ascent to superstardom, nothing more was heard of Deacon – until 2015, when he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, convicted of harassing his former mentor and director Noel Clarke, and charged with possessing an offensive weapon after reportedly
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit for $13 Million

As it seeks to climb out of the red, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has sold its French TV production unit for 11 million euros ($13 million).

The business assets were acquired by Thomas Anargyros, who is the CEO of EuropaCorp Television. Anargyros has been heading EuropaCorp’s TV division since its launch in 2010, when his production banner, Cipango, was acquired by EuropaCorp. Anargyros had founded Cipango with Edouard de Vesinne, who became deputy CEO of EuropaCorp in 2016 and was ousted in September.

The sale of the French TV business fits into EuropaCorp’s scaled-back strategy to focus on fewer films and English-language series, as well as cut overhead. EuropaCorp said the sale will allow the company to reduce its overhead by about 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) and 3 million euros ($3.5 million) per year.

A week ago, Marc Shmuger, who was hired on a renewable six-month contract in 2016, announced he would be stepping down as CEO of EuropaCorp at the end of
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best
The biggest shock to come from this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” is that Chance The Rapper can apparently exist without his signature hat. He might even thrive without it, which is a fascinating reality to accept. The point is, with or without the hat, Chance The Rapper hosts the best episode of this season so far, the first one to maintain a consistently good quality from top to bottom as well as successfully use the host to their strengths. In fact, Chance The Rapper showed signs in this episode of being the next Justin Timberlake for “Saturday Night Live” in terms of his versatility, gameness, and general sense of humor as a host.

The second biggest shock is that, despite the opening monologue, the “Family Feud” sketch, and some Weekend Update, this year’s Thanksgiving episode is not tied down to the concept of being a Thanksgiving episode.
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Idfa: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh Start in France

Fares Helou was one of Syria’s most celebrated actors when the Arab Spring arrived in Damascus. But once his political beliefs forced him to flee the country, he suddenly found himself playing his most challenging role yet—as an exile in a foreign land.

Helou’s story is at the heart of “A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy,” a documentary by director Rami Farah being pitched at Idfa Forum. An intimate portrait of exile, the pic spans four years as Farah and Helou leave Syria and struggle to rebuild their lives in France.

The French-Danish-Norwegian-Jordanian co-prod is produced by Lyana Saleh, of Osor; Signe Byrge Sørensen, of Final Cut for Real; Anita Rehoff Larsen, of Sant & Usant; and Cindy Le Templier, of Shashat Multimedia Productions.

When the first demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011, Farah found himself with the challenging task of trying to document the very protests he was taking part in.

“I raised
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The Incredibles 2: watch the first trailer for Pixar's superpowered sequel

Brad Bird reunites a voice cast that includes Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L Jackson for a follow-up to his acclaimed animated comedy

Thirteen years on from the release of acclaimed animated comedy The Incredibles, Pixar have given us another glimpse of the superpowered Parr family in the first teaser trailer for a forthcoming sequel.

The Incredibles 2 reunites a voice cast that includes Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L Jackson with original writer director Brad Bird in an adventure that will see Hunter’s character Helen, Aka Elastigirl, take centre stage, leaving Bob, Aka Mr Incredible (Nelson), to contend with the challenges of domestic life. The film will also see the Parr’s youngest member, baby Jack-Jack, begin to develop his own nascent powers.

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Good Time review – Robert Pattinson excels in electrifying urban thriller

Pattinson runs into a whole lot of trouble in this high-energy heist caper from rising indie stars Josh and Benny Safdie

This adrenalised street opera from feted indie film-makers Josh and Benny Safdie has been hailed in some quarters as a revelatory breakthrough for former Twilight star Robert Pattinson, shedding his celebrity status to “disappear” into the role of an aggressively unsympathetic street hustler. Yet Pattinson (who I thought was terrific in the sneeringly maligned teen-vampire series) has always been much more than a pretty face, proving his mettle in films such as David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. For me, the real revelation of Good Time comes from seeing the Safdies finally fulfil the promise of 2009’s Daddy Longlegs and 2014’s Heaven Knows What, creating an electrifying urban thriller that combines authenticity with accessibility in a compact,
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Trophy review – conflicted hunting documentary

An argument in favour of legalising big game hunting is undercut by the film’s own footage

This documentary about the overlap between trophy hunting and wildlife conservation makes a passionate, if not entirely convincing, argument for the legal hunting of the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino) as an alternative to illegal poaching. The film gives voice to the commercial case for breeding and hunting, which feels at odds with the emotive way these kills are positioned. Viewers are encouraged to balk at the blunt brutality with which a rhino’s horn (“more expensive than gold or heroin, in weight”) is sawn off, to be moved by the guttural sound of a dying elephant, and to experience indignation when an American hunter poses with a slain buck, holding it up by its horns.

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Justice League review – dour and wooden beneath the wisecracks

Joss Whedon’s quips sit ill with Zack Snyder’s leaden direction, while Ben Affleck makes for an unconvincing Batman in this dire DC offering

With Superman out of the picture, Batman and Wonder Woman must come together to assemble a ragtag group of superheroes to rescue three “Mother Boxes” from the evil demon Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds, barely recognisable underneath all the CGI) in this inchoate sequel. Their team includes Ezra Miller as superfast, socially awkward, self-confessed “black hole of snacks” the Flash, Game of Thrones’s Jason Momoa as the frequently shirtless Aquaman and Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), a former college football star turned Cyborg. Ribbing wisecracks, courtesy of co-writer Joss Whedon, jar with director Zack Snyder’s oppressive, dour approach to the source material. Ben Affleck is especially wooden as Batman/Bruce Wayne, while Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (unsung leader of the pack and the film’s
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Ingrid Goes West review – millennial cliches smartly skewered

There’s avocado toast and self-actualisation aplenty in Matt Spicer’s absurd comedy

Matt Spicer’s bitter comedy of the absurd follows Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza, deadpan but with a manic edge), a depressed twentysomething who inherits $60,000 from her mother and uses the money to move to California, inspired by Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an Instagram influencer she read about in Elle. Taylor’s bio is a sincere string of platitudes: “Treasure hunter. Castle builder. Proud Angeleno.” Ingrid pilfers tips on how to curate the right kind of cool from Taylor’s social media feeds and it’s not long before the young women become “Best friends”, shopping for artisanal lamps and alternating margaritas with lines of cocaine in Joshua Tree, and things start to turn a little Single White Female. O’Shea Jackson Jr (Straight Outta Compton) also shows up as Ingrid’s landlord, Dan, a Batman-obsessed stoner screenwriter,
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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool review – Hollywood on the Mersey

Annette Bening stars as fading silver-screen siren Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as the young actor who fell for her

Jamie Bell and Annette Bening star in this 80s-set romantic drama about fledgling Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner and his romance with (Old) Hollywood siren Gloria Grahame, based on Turner’s memoir. Their age-gap relationship is revealed in retrospect, when Grahame falls ill during a run in a play and re-enters Turner’s life. An overwrought score pushes the film into the territory of melodrama, but mostly it works, with tender performances from the two leads. Bell is particularly good as the devoted Turner, all vulnerable, searching gaze and eyes glossy with emotion, whether disco-dancing with Bening’s sensual, petulant Grahame or gently burping her in bed.

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Mudbound review – thoroughly modern period drama

Mary J Blige and Carey Mulligan star in this tale of two families in the Jim Crow south

“I dreamed in brown,” sighs Carey Mulligan’s voiceover of her character Laura McAllan’s mudbound existence. This graceful adaptation by Dee Rees (director of the luminous Pariah) of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel is unable to wash itself clean of mud, fertile ground for deep-rooted prejudice and a filthy, sticky substance that taints and traps its characters in a world resistant to social progress. Though it’s a Netflix release, it is getting a one-week run in some Curzon theatres. The gorgeous digital cinematography by Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) deserves to be seen on the big screen.

Set in the Jim Crow south, this complex, thoroughly modern period drama looks at the overlapping lives of two families – one black (the Jacksons) and one white (the McAllans). Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan) and his weathered wife,
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