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Friday Box Office Estimates

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Justice League has a better Friday/Thursday Night than Wonder Woman, but is estimated by some to open to less than Wonder Woman over the 3-day. Is WB convincing box office writers to underestimate the weekend now so that a still-soft $105 million opening for the film will seem like a win tomorrow? Probably. Meanwhile, Lionsgate is looking at its best non-Power Rangers opening in over a year, opening Wonder to $9.6 million on Friday with a good chance of gaining strength over the weekend with an appeal to younger audiences and women. Lady Bird expands nicely, as does Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Season of a Different Color


I don’t know if this will be an #OscarSoWhite year. But even if Denzel Washington and Octavia Spencer are nominated, it will be the same way as two seasons ago… and likely, two seasons into the future.

The problem is not how many nominations people of color get from The Academy. The problem is that we have such a small group of “movies of color” for Academy members to consider.

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The DVD Wrapup: Wind River, Unlocked, In This Corner of the World, Funeral Parade of Roses, Zoology, Romero Redux, Indiscretion and more


What makes Wind River compelling is how Sheridan integrates it into the depiction of life above the tree line both for humans and animals.

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The Weekend Report

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Friday Box-Office Estimates

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The Gronvall Report: “Planet of the Apes” Costar Terry Notary Takes Center Stage in “The Square”

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pick The Winners Way Too Early

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“On the rooftop scene, there weren’t 67 takes; it was 26. Which is just as bad. You think this shit was funny on the big screen, you should have seen it from five feet away.”
Perpetrators Of The Room React

“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified… But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the three percent of assault cases that are misreported every year… We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”
Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner

“Matt Weiner claimed he would never make that kind of comment to a colleague. But anyone with an even cursory knowledge of  ‘Mad Men’ could imagine that line coming from the mouth of Pete Campbell. Matt, Pete’s creator, is many things. He is devilishly clever and witty, but he is also, in the words of one of his colleagues, an ’emotional terrorist’ who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met.”
Writer-Producer Marti Noxon


Why does Alfred, the fancy British butler, wear cargo pants?
“Multiple pairs of cargo pants, and a cargo jacket at one point.”

Lady Bird is about a young woman’s turbulent senior year of high school. It feels eerily authentic, especially the parts about a mother struggling under the weight of economic strain and an inability to understand the titular character, her aggressively adolescent daughter (who insists on being called Lady Bird). I want to describe the comparisons in thousands and thousands of words, but to avoid indulgence, I will urge you to see the film yourself, and explain only that, with a different set of informative struggles, my mom was also far too hard on me, but it was all out of love. I think I always knew that, but I had never seen it depicted with such clarity.”
Lauren Duca

“We’re in the midst of a digital news media crash, only no one is willing to say it. I’ve mentioned that digital news media in the midst of a monetization crisis. But again, it’s a full blown crash. Here’s why…
Josh Marshall Breaks Down “Pivot To Video” And More

“Jones’ choice of hosiery proved most offensive. She had chosen a pair of tights, not in a neutral black or gray as is common in the halls of Vogue, but a pair covered with illustrated, cartoon foxes. Vogue editor-in-chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour fixed one of her trademark stoic glares upon Jones’ hosiery throughout the staff meeting.”
Women’s Wear Daily Provides Turf To Anonymous Condé Nasties To Trash New Editor’s Fashion
AndFrom Elle – “8 Pairs of Novelty Tights for When You’re Above the Nonsense”

the wrap

“I can’t get the entire town in my auditorium in one week’s time let alone four.”
Moviehouse In Iowa Town Of 1,213 Says It Can’t Afford Disney’s Last Of The Jedi Terms

“The plot pinballs on through a frantic night of bad decisions. Few of the characters have the first idea what might be coming next — nor do we, strapped into this feral shaggy dog story the Safdies have set rolling, hurtling towards their brilliant future.”
Danny Leigh On Good Time

“I’m not a spokesman, I’m not a superhero.”
Ben Affleck To Stephen Colbert


“I guess what we’ve seen is a big change – the independent feature film is really almost extinct, and documentaries have become very commercial.”
Nick Broomfield Holds Opinion

“According to the American press, the victims of Harvey Weinstein are exclusively the women he preyed upon, not the artists or viewers or films he abused throughout his career.”
Jonathan Rosenbaum On Harvey Weinstein

“I find it so shocking today to see all these women come out with tragedies that were forced on them. That’s what I find terrifying… I’m totally volontaire. With acting, you’re in a seduction mode, we all know that. You’re not a vulnerable actress going into a producer’s bedroom. But I’ve played with my charm, of course. That’s the whole point. And it goes both ways. But it’s the equilibre of power that I find so terrifying today, the war of power.”
Charlotte Gainsbourg

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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West