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‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office

‘Coco’ Edges ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Day Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” topped Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving Day box office by $400,000 with $8.9 million at 3,987 North American sites.

The animated musical has taken in $22.2 million in its first two days, while the superhero mashup grossed $18.9 million during the same period. Projections have shown that “Coco” will wind up the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with about $70 million during the Wednesday-Sunday period, beating “Justice League” by about $10 million.

Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $55 million to $60 million range. It received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers, indicating that the film could be lifted by strong word of mouth during the rest of the holidays.

On the same holiday weekend a year ago, Disney’s “Moana” scored $25.4 million on its first two days and went on to earn $82 million over the five days. That was the second-highest opening for the period, trailing only Disney’s “Frozen” at $93 million in 2013.

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Chewbacca Smacks a Porg in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer: Go Behind the Scenes of the Movie

Chewbacca Smacks a Porg in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer: Go Behind the Scenes of the Movie
Bb-8 was the scene-stealer in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the droid felt like a distant memory the moment a porg popped up in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm aired a new 15-second TV spot during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC Thursday. Though it didn't reveal any major plot points, given its compact time constraints, it did show Chewbacca smacking a porg while piloting the Millennium Falcon—and fans loved it. Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters Dec. 15. The ensemble cast includes Kenny Baker (R2-D2), John Boyega (Finn), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Benicio Del Toro...
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Universal Pulls 'The Snowman' from Russian Chains in Ongoing Dispute

Universal Pulls 'The Snowman' from Russian Chains in Ongoing Dispute
The Snowman is the latest victim in an standoff between biggest Russian cinema chains and the Hollywood majors over online booking fees.

Universal has pulled its crime thriller, starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, from Formula Kino and Cinema Park, two of Russia's largest theater chains, the exhibitors confirmed Friday. Both chains are owned by Russian tycoon Alexander Mamut, and have been embroiled in a dispute for several weeks now over Rambler.Kassa, an local online ticket booking service also owned by Mamut.

In early October, the service introduced a 10 percent commission on all online cinema ticket sales....
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Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs

Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs
A group of 79 German filmmakers including Maren Ade (“Tony Erdmann”), Fatih Akin (“In the Fade”) and Robert Schwentke (“The Captain”) has called for “a new start” for the Berlin Film Festival after longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick’s contract expires in 2019.

In an open letter published by Spiegel Online, the filmmakers recommend the formation of a gender-balanced international selection committee charged with finding Kosslick’s successor and weighing fundamental changes to the event.

“The goal must be to find an outstanding curatorial personality who is passionate about cinema, well-connected internationally and capable of leading the festival into the future on an equal footing with Cannes and Venice,” the letter read. “We want a transparent procedure and a new start.”

The letter, whose signatories also include Andreas Dresen, Sebastian Schipper, Volker Schlöndorff, Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold, Doris Dörrie, Maria Schrader, Hans-Christian Schmid and Rosa von Praunheim, is seen as a public rebuke of the Kosslick era, during which the
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‘Last Flag Flying’ Director Richard Linklater Discusses Ensemble Stories, Time, and More [Interview]

‘Last Flag Flying’ Director Richard Linklater Discusses Ensemble Stories, Time, and More [Interview]
Like many of writer-director Richard Linklater‘s films, Last Flag Flying moves with grace. The smooth rhythm of the dialogue, the lived-in settings, and characters you want to spend hours with – these well-known qualities found in Linklater’s body of work are on full-display in his latest drama, based on Darryl Ponicsan‘s novel. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve […]

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Every ‘Black Mirror’ Episode Ranked, From Worst to Best

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Every ‘Black Mirror’ Episode Ranked, From Worst to Best
Comparing installments of an anthology like “Black Mirror” is an inherently tricky prospect. Most of the entries have a certain “We’re all doomed” streak that runs through them, but whether hopeful or defeatist, there’s something distinctly different animating each of these episodes.

Arranging them in quality doesn’t necessarily make for the ideal viewing order either. Want to bit of uplift with your futurism? Bent on basking in the futility of trying to avoid a planet without dangerous automated attacks against nature? The rhythms of this series rise and fall more on their themes than the wallop each of these stories delivers.

But if you’re a die-hard fan or just wading into Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ murky sci-fi waters, a new season is on the horizon, so we’re adding our rankings to the mix.

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Dan Stevens on ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’, ‘Legion’ Season 2, and Gareth Evans’ ‘Apostle’

From director Bharat Nalluri, The Man Who Invented Christmas shows the wild journey that Charles Dickens (brought to life in a tremendous performance by Dan Stevens, who humanizes the author with all of his emotional ups and downs) took, in trying to revive his career. He mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to come up with the characters (including Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Christopher Plummer) that filled his timeless classic A Christmas Carol, which forever changed the way we celebration the holiday season. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Dan Stevens talked about why …
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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Breaks the Rules of Narrative and Finds Truth in the Cracks — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Breaks the Rules of Narrative and Finds Truth in the Cracks — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast
Mudbound” is not a multi-character film in the spirit of director Robert Altman, or 2006 Oscar-winner “Crash.” Instead of being a sprawling tapestry, the intertwined stories of two very different farming families (one black, one white) unfolds into one increasingly cohesive narrative.

“It’s almost like one story [that is] being handed off and everyone is [unaware] they are having similar conversations with themselves,” said director Dee Rees when she was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “At one point [cinematographer] Rachel [Morrison] was like, ‘When has this ever worked?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know, but this will be the film where it works.’”

To accomplish this, Rees grounds the audience in the subjectivity of six different protagonists, each with their own internal monologue. It’s something a novel — like Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound,” which Rees and co-writer Virgil Williams’ adapted — can do effortlessly by accessing the internal thoughts of various characters,
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Guillermo del Toro Wants You to Appreciate the Craftsmanship of George Miller and Michael Mann

Guillermo del Toro Wants You to Appreciate the Craftsmanship of George Miller and Michael Mann
Guillermo del Toro is currently riding high on the critical raves for “The Shape of Water,” which could earn the Mexican filmmaker his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. The fantasy romance will be the last bit of filmmaking audiences see from del Toro for quite a bit, as he has announced plans to take a year-long sabbatical from the director’s chair. So how does del Toro plan to keep busy? In addition to producing some projects, the director will sit down for two-week interviews with Michael Mann and George Miller.

Read More:Guillermo del Toro is Taking a Break From Directing: ‘I Need to Take Pause’

Del Toro had previously teased he would be working in some capacity on a project involving Mann, and now it has been confirmed that part of the project will involve spending two weeks with Mann sometime between now and next December. Del
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WB Told Joss Whedon To Change His Comedic ‘Justice League’ Opening Scene

The common narrative is that Warner Bros., upon seeing the blowback from “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” started pivoting to toward a lighter tone for their superhero franchise. Even DC Films honcho Geoff Johns declared the films needed more “heart, humor, and heroics” and said that the goal was to “make the movies fun.” However, one is beginning to wonder if anybody involved with these movies even knows what they want.

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Denzel Washington & Dan Gilroy On Why ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Never Left The ’60s Behind – The Contenders Video

Denzel Washington & Dan Gilroy On Why ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Never Left The ’60s Behind – The Contenders Video
Sony Pictures devoted its entire session at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders all-day awards-season kickoff event to the new drama Roman J. Israel, Esq. which opens wide this weekend. Star Denzel Washington and writer-director Dan Gilroy joined me onstage at the DGA Theater in front of a packed crowd of Academy and key guild voters for a conversation about where Washington’s unique character came from — a socially backward activist who really has never left the spirit…
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‘Loveless’ Director Andrey Zvyagintsev On Filmmaking In Modern-Day Russia

‘Loveless’ Director Andrey Zvyagintsev On Filmmaking In Modern-Day Russia
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless is the Foreign Language entry from Russia this year, and one of the frontrunners for the shortlist. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North and Latin American rights to Loveless in Cannes. This is the director's third time repping his country after 2003's The Return and 2014's Oscar nominee Leviathan. The film revolves around Zhenya and Boris, who are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment…
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How the Family in ‘Coco’ Reminded Me of Mine

How the Family in ‘Coco’ Reminded Me of Mine
“This place runs on memories,” Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) informs an awed Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) as they wander the land of the dead in Pixar’s newest film, Coco. Preserved through the memories of their family, people are kept alive, as jubilant in the afterlife as they were in life — sometimes even more so. In Coco, […]

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‘The Final Year’ Trailer: Explore The Inner Workings Of The Obama Administration

If there’s one rule at the dinner table we can all agree on at Thanksgiving, it’s that politics are a verboten topic of discussion. However, Donald Trump makes it almost impossible to avoid the subject, and has made many long for the calm steady hand of Barack Obama in the White House. Well, an upcoming documentary will take you back to those more level-headed days.

Greg Barker‘s documentary “The Final Year” does exactly what the title implies, taking audiences inside the Obama administration during the final twelve months of his time in the Oval Office.

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‘Justice League’s Opening Scene Was Originally Comedic, Says Holt McCallany

One of the big questions surrounding Justice League, beyond how well it’s doing or if it’s even a good movie, revolves around ownership. Whose movie is it? Zack Snyder is the only credited director, but he hasn’t been involved with the film since early this year, before reshoots and post-production. And while Joss Whedon oversaw those reshoots and shares a co-writer credit, he’s been radio silent about the final product and shares no co-director credit. It’s as weird thing, and many figured that while Whedon supervised post-production, he didn’t exactly …
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Spike Lee Reveals The Connection Between ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ & ‘Inside Man’

When it comes to the cinematic universes, Spike Lee was playing that game well before Marvel. The director has long threaded his characters through multiple films, mostly serving as Easter eggs to keen eyed fans. However, Lee reveals that “Inside Man” shares a pretty interesting, little connection with the stone cold classic, “Dog Day Afternoon.”

In an extensive interview with Vulture about his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” Lee touches upon the themes and characters that carry across his oeuvre, and details how his bank heist movie is connected with Sidney Lumet‘s picture:

….this is not the first time I’ve done something like that.

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‘Coco’ Now Higher With $74M+ Thanks To A+ CinemaScore; ‘Justice League’ At $61M+; ‘Wonder’ Wows At $32M+: Friday Am Update

‘Coco’ Now Higher With $74M+ Thanks To A+ CinemaScore; ‘Justice League’ At $61M+; ‘Wonder’ Wows At $32M+: Friday Am Update
Black Friday Am Update: Moviegoers took a rest on Thanksgiving spending an estimated $35.1M on the top 20 films but they’re coming back in full force today on Black Friday, which is one of the more lucrative days at the B.O., shelling out north of $75M, a 114% climb. Disney/Pixar’s Coco is still faring better than the studios’ Good Dinosaur two years ago, but just a few steps behind last year’s Moana and mega hit Frozen which respectively posted $82M and $93.6M over their…
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Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise – Gustavo Biazzi

Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Lensed with a continuous verve from the first shot of the protagonist, Ernesto, running to catch his girlfriend at a viva at university, there’s hardly a shot in the first three-quarters of Gustavo Biazzi’s “Los Vagos” (“The Bums”) where Ernesto or the camera is not on the move, sometimes making highly technical demanding shots look easy. That of course is to be expected from one of Argentina’s most reputed young cinematographers, whose credits take in Santiago Mitre’s “The Student” and Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Paulina.” It also reflects the movie’s subject. On holiday in Misiones, Ernesto leaving behind his girlfriend from childhood, the high-achiever Paula, for a riverside holiday with his laddish friends back home. Together, they hit parties, chase girls, booze themselves into stupor, as Ernesto searches for he’s not sure what as an alternative to Paula. Produced by Santiago Carabante and La Union de los
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David Fincher Explains Why He Doesn’t Believe in Auteur Directing: ‘Moviemaking is a Rat F*ck’

David Fincher Explains Why He Doesn’t Believe in Auteur Directing: ‘Moviemaking is a Rat F*ck’
Any list of the best working auteur directors will probably include David Fincher, but you probably don’t want to tell him that to his face. In a new interview with Little White Lies, the “Mindhunter” director and executive producer gets honest about his “distaste” for the word “auteur.” When it comes down to it, moviemaking is too irregular and unpredictable to give one person total authorial credit.

Read More:David Fincher Didn’t Direct ‘The Force Awakens’ Because He Couldn’t Handle the ‘Abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

“The problem with auteurism is that it presupposes that one person can impress upon 95 people, so clearly, that the manifestation of whatever it is going on in your head can be clearly attributed to them,” Fincher said, “The reality of moviemaking is, y’know, it’s a rat fuck. Every day is a skirmish, and you might escape every skirmish,
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‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

‘Aladdin’ Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance
Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh.

And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall comedic performance.

“They tell you ahead of time, ‘don’t worry because the audience won’t laugh, because a Japanese audience doesn’t laugh,”’ noted Clements. “They just sit respectfully.”

But they did laugh at Genie, who turns into everybody from Ed Sullivan to William F. Buckley to former talk show host Arsenio Hall.

“Probably the biggest laugh in the whole screening was when he turned into Arsenio Hall and did his ‘Woof, woof, woof’ with his arm,” said Clements. “I was asking somebody afterward about that and why it got such a big laugh. They said ‘Oh, we loved it when the Genie turned into Julia Roberts
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