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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched

‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched
The first shows for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begin tonight, and there’s every expectation that is will be the biggest-opening, top-grossing domestic release of 2017. At a minimum, we’re looking at a $200 million opening, with $225 million very likely.

With strong holiday playtime following the first 10 days of release, a multiple of at least three times its opening is possible, which could propel to the domestic take to around $700 million.

Yes, it’s going to be huge — but there’s a few records it might not beat. Here (with adjusting numbers to 2017 values) are some comparable numbers that “Jedi” will easily best, and a few that seem unlikely.

Top domestic grosses of 2017: Yes

“The Last Jedi” should find the opening numbers easy to beat, and it’s hard to imagine it won’t be the best-performing movie of the year.

Film Studio Opening Gross Domestic Total Beauty and the Beast
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Will, Kate, Harry and Adele Join Prince Charles for Somber Grenfell Tower Remembrance Service on 6-Month Anniversary

Will, Kate, Harry and Adele Join Prince Charles for Somber Grenfell Tower Remembrance Service on 6-Month Anniversary
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry joined Prince Charles in leading the tributes and memorials to the victims of the horrific Grenfell Tower tragedy.

On Thursday, the royals attended the official remembrance service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to honor the 71 people that died in the inferno on June 14.

Kate, 35, in navy hat and dark coat, arrived with William, 35, and Harry, 33, shortly before Charles, 69, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Grammy winning singer Adele — who has been active in supporting victims and rescue workers since the blaze, raising money through her Wembley Stadium performances earlier in
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Universal has crossed the $5 billion mark at the global box office for 2017

Universal has arrived at the significant mark of $5 billion at the global box office.

We reported last week that Warner Bros. had managed to eclipse the impressive $5 billion figure at the global box office, and now their rival studio, Universal, has also achieved the feat.

This is the second time in Universal’s 105 year history that they have reached $5 billion in a year and has managed to do so thanks to monster hits like The Fate of the Furious and Despicable Me 3.

The total includes $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally, helping Universal join Warner Bros. and Disney at the box office milestone.

The Fate of the Furious was Universal’s biggest draw with $1.23 billion worldwide, which happens to be the 11th highest grossing figure of all time and is only the sixth film to cross $1 billion at the international box office (outside North America).

Despicable Me also pitched in
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From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators

From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators
From “the Lego Batman Movie” and “The Boss Baby” to “Ferdinand,” theaters are full of animated films showcasing premiere acting talent. Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, John Cena and Miranda Cosgrove are just a few of the actors who’ve entered the booth this year to give a vocal performance that will inspire animators as they create a character.

Voice-acting gigs were not always seen as plum jobs and voice actors often didn’t receive the same respect accorded other performers. That started to shift in 1992 when Robin Williams gave one of the most memorable voice performances as the Genie in “Aladdin.”

“A lot of people think it’s like an Adr process, like a post process when you’re directing a vocal performance,” says Tom McGrath, the helmer behind “Boss Baby” and the “Madagascar” films. “The main thing is to create a safe place for the actors so they can try things. As a director
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Universal Pictures Crosses $5 Billion At Global Box Office Driven By ‘Fate Of The Furious,’ ‘DM3’

Universal Pictures crossed $5 billion at the global box office for the second time in the studio's 105-year history with The Fate of the Furious and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3 revving up their 2017 coffers. The global total to date for the studio, specifically, is $5.003 billion, which breaks out as $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally. Fate of the Furious and DM3 also gave Universal bragging rights as the only in 2017 to…
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Universal Crosses $5 Billion at Worldwide Box Office With Hit Sequels and Blumhouse Horror

Disney hit the mark. Warner Bros. hit the mark. Now Universal is joining the club as it has reached $5 billion for the year at the worldwide box office. In some respects, Universal’s year at the box office has been a microcosm for the box office as a whole. While Universal has done well domestically with $1.6 billion grossed — third among all studios — it got to this point off of a huge $3.4 billion haul from international markets, primarily from “The Fate of the Furious” and “Despicable Me 3.” Also Read: Warner Bros. Crosses $5 Billion at Global Box...
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Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office

Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office
Universal Pictures has topped $5 billion at the global box office for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history, led by “The Fate of the Furious” and “Despicable Me 3.”

The global total for the studio passed the milestone on Dec. 11 to reach $5.003 billion, including $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally. Universal joined Disney and Warner Bros. in reaching the mark this year, with Disney hitting the milestone on Nov. 30 and Warner doing so five days later.

The Fate of the Furious” had the biggest global opening weekend of all time at $542 million — breaking the record set by 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It was also the top international opening ever at $443.2 million.

The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the franchise, earned $1.23 billion worldwide in what’s the 11th-largest total of all time. It is only the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office and is also the
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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Dec 12

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod Dunkirk Ma’ Rosa School Life The Unknown Girl Spaceship Flatliners I’m planning to watch… The Ballad of Lefty Brown The Lego Ninjago Movie Love & Saucers

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases Aquarius Birthright: A War Story Brigsby Bear Bushwick California Typewriter A Date for Mad Mary Detroit 11/8/16 (aka November 8th) The Glass Castle Good Time I Do… Until I Don’t Ingrid Goes West The Limehouse Golem Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) Maya Dardel Motherland Mudbound Patti Cake$ Personal Shopper Person to Person Polina Strad Style Stronger The Tribes of Palos Verdes Viceroy’s House Victoria & Abdul Wind River The Women
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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Dec 11

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod Dunkirk Maudie Mountain The Dark Tower Everything, Everything The Hitman’s Bodyguard I’m planning to watch… An Inconvenient Sequel Love & Saucers 78/52

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases The Beguiled The Big Sick Birthright: A War Story Bushwick Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Goldstone I Am Not a Witch It Comes at Night Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) Mudbound November 8th (aka 11/8/16) The Princess Bride (30th Anniversary Edition) Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence) Spider-Man: Homecoming Step Terminator 2: Judgment Day (4k remaster) War for the Planet of the Apes Atomic Blonde Bad Santa 2 Despicable Me 3 47 Meters Down Girls Trip
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St. Louis Film Critics Association Announces This Year’s Nominations

The St. Louis Film Critics Association has given The Shape of Water 12 nominations. Other notable nominations include Greta Gerwig for Best Director, Sally Hawkins for Best Actress, and The Disaster Artist for Adapted Screenplay! Here’s the full list:

Best Picture

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

The Post

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Best Director

Greta GerwigLady Bird

Jordan PeeleGet Out

Denis VilleneuveBlade Runner 2049

Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water

Steven SpielbergThe Post

Best Actor

Daniel Day-LewisPhantom Thread

Daniel KaluuyaGet Out

James FrancoThe Disaster Artist

Tom HanksThe Post

Gary OldmanDarkest Hour

Best Actress

Kristen StewartPersonal Shopper

Saoirse RonanLady Bird

Sally HawkinsThe Shape of Water

Meryl StreepThe Post

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Best Supporting Actor

Michael ShannonThe Shape of Water

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Richard Jenkins,
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Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big

Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big
Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were unveiled in the wee hours on Monday morning.

“Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of Water,” an offbeat story about the romance between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-like creature, earned best film and director nods, in addition to picking up nominations for the performances of several of its actors. “The Shape of Water” nabbed a leading seven nominations, while “Three Billboards” and “The Post” picked up six apiece. The other best drama nominees were Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Luca Guadagnino’s lyrical romance “Call Me by Your Name.”

Unlike other awards shows, the Globes separates its film honors into best drama and best
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European Animation Awards: 12 Points on the Inaugural Edition

European Animation Awards: 12 Points on the Inaugural Edition
Lille, France — The brainchild of European animation luminaries, the Emiles or, more formally, the European Animation Awards, take place for the first time tonight in Lille, in the northernmost-part of France. 12 points about a event which bids fair to become a significant addition to an already-demanding film-tv big event calendar.

1.A Celebration Of Below-the-line Craft

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales,” “The Red Turtle” and “My Life as a Zucchini” compete for best feature animation production. Three U.K. shows – “Revolting Rhymes,” “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” “The Amazing World of Gumball” – vie for best European TV/broadcast production. But that’s not really the Emiles’ point. Inspired by the Annie Awards, 10 of the Eaa’s 16 categories highlight below-the-line craft contributions, such as background and character design, storyboard and soundtrack. The Emiles “are more to promote the excellence of European animation and give confidence and pride to all members of its industry – from producers
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‘Despicable Me 3’ Giveaway on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital (5 Winners)

Gru and his growing family return for more hijinks and the new short The Secret Life of Kyle in Despicable Me 3, now available on Blu-ray. DVD, Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

We have teamed up with Universal to offer five lucky readers each a copy of the Despicable Me 3 Blu-ray combo pack with DVD and Digital in this holiday-timed contest.

For a chance to win one simply fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

The characters beloved by everyone - Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes - and the Minions are back in this
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Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Despicable Me 3 (animated sequel; voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand; rated PG) American Assassin (action-thriller; Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Latham, Shiva Negar, David Suchet, Navid Negahban, Scott Adkins, Taylor Kitsch; rated R)   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite Digital HD provider to see if the...

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Illumination’s Chris Meledandri Melds Together Cinematic Art and Cutting-Edge Technology

Illumination’s Chris Meledandri Melds Together Cinematic Art and Cutting-Edge Technology
At the heart of every project from Illumination, which counts the highest-grossing global animated film franchise in its “Despicable Me” series among its roster, are what Academy Award-nominated founder and CEO Chris Meledandri describes as “characters and stories that live on in our audience’s lives long after they leave the theater.”

To achieve that sort of lasting impression, Meledandri, who will be inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame on Dec. 5, has brought together world-class creative forces in the United States and the company’s French studio, Illumination Mac Guff. “The creation of beloved animated movies starts with great talent, and I attribute our success to the extraordinary teams that [producing partner] Janet Healy, [Illumination Mac Guff CEO] Jacques Bled and I have assembled at Illumination and Illumination Mac Guff.”

Despicable Me 3” — the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time — “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” have helped Illumination gross more than $5.7 billion worldwide.

“A key to
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Annie Nominations Embrace "Coco" and "The Breadwinner"

by Nathaniel R

Coco and The Breadwinner are the top competitors for the Annies (and maybe the Oscars)

The Annie Awards first began handing out prizes in 1992 but weren't quite on a calendar year yet with Beauty and The Beast, a 1991 film, honored in that inaugural year. They've since aligned themselves to the calendar and last year their top prize went to Zootopia, which also took the Oscar. Coco leads their nominations for 2017 and also presumably leads the Oscar race with The Breadwinner the widely admired darkhorse at both. Presumably again as we won't know what the Oscar nominations are until January 23rd. 

Both of the leaders are powerfully rooted in cultural specificity (Mexico and Afghanistan respectively) and are, in their own way, tearjerkers, rather than the more traditionally glib action comedies that tend to be the bread and butter of the animated film world... at least in America.

We'd
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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Tops the Annie Awards with 13 Nominations, Winners and Losers

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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Tops the Annie Awards with 13 Nominations, Winners and Losers
Pixar’s Día de los Muertos saga, “Coco,” the Oscar frontrunner, led the pack with 13 nominations for the 45th Annie Awards, followed by GKid’s powerful indie fave, “The Breadwinner,” with 10. Both are expected to win the top categories for feature and indie feature at the February 3rd Asifa-Hollywood ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Coco” also picked up nominations for directing (Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina), character design, two each for character animation and storyboarding, writing (Molina and Matthew Aldrich), Michael Giacchino’s music, production design, effects, editing, and voice acting for newcomer Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel.

The Breadwinner,” about a young girl forced to become a boy in Afghanistan, also collected nominations for directing (Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey), Mychael and Jeff Danna’s music, two voice acting bids for Saara Chaudry and Laara Sadiq, character design, production design, storyboarding, writing (Anita Doron), and editing.

Overall, GKids grabbed 16 nominations — for “The Breadwinner,
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Annie Awards: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Tops Nominations

Disney’s current box office champ Coco scored a leading 10 nominations and Gkids’ The Breadwinner had eight to lead the field at the 45th annual Annie Awards. Winners in 36 categories will be revealed in a ceremony February 3 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Coco will vie for the marquee Best Animated Feature category along with Fox’s Captain Underpants and The Boss Baby (both from DreamWorks Animation), Disney’s Cars 3 (Pixar) and Universal’s Despicable Me 3. Last year, Disney’s Zoo…
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Annie Awards: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Tops Nominations

Annie Awards: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Tops Nominations
Disney’s current box office champ Coco scored a leading 10 nominations and Gkids’ The Breadwinner had eight to lead the field at the 45th annual Annie Awards. Winners in 36 categories will be revealed in a ceremony February 3 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Coco will vie for the marquee Best Animated Feature category along with Fox’s Captain Underpants and The Boss Baby (both from DreamWorks Animation), Disney’s Cars 3 (Pixar) and Universal’s Despicable Me 3. Last year, Disney’s Zoo…
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