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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimates 2018-04-22 at 10.32.09 AM copy

A Quiet Place returned to the top of weekend viewing with an estimated $21.9 million. Two national releases vied for third and fourth. Fantasy-comedy I Feel Pretty grossing $16 million gave a slight edge over the $14.8 million Broken Lizard hijinks in Super Troopers 2. In limited wide release, the thriller Traffik bowed to $3.9 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friday Estimates 2018-04-21 at 9.54.30 AM

Super Troopers 2 did what every sequel wants to do, opening higher than the original (albeit sixteen years later). It was also an unexpected slow-roll kind of modern sequel… it’s not on Netflix. Meanwhile, A Quiet Place continues to hold like a champ. I Feel Pretty isn’t… frustrating in many ways, but its pitch was as unsophisticated as Trainwreck‘s was surprising. And Bharat Ane Nenu cracks the Top 10 in a great weekend for the independent sector, a week ahead of the Avengers 3 tsunami.

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DVD Wrapup: Commuter, Oscar, A Taxi Driver, Humor Me, Prince, Doris Day, Shakespeare Wallah, Pomegranates and more

Commutertrailer

As high-concept pitches go, “Liam Neeson on a train” is right up there with “snakes on a plane” and “MTV cops.” What else would any screenwriter need to know to fill the blanks?

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The DVD Wrapup: Mohawk, Insidious IV, Proud Mary, Are We Not Cats, Fencer, Man From Earth, Mary Stark, Child in Time and more

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The Gronvall Report: An Interview With 1945’s Ferenc Török

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“Bringing inclusion riders from Hollywood to HMRC could put a rocket booster under the industry that pays lip service to diversity, but hasn’t always delivered. With Cannes just weeks away, it’s important we start an international conversation about the ways in which policy-makers can contribute to the urgent need for greater diversity.”
Future British Film Tax Subsidies Under Labour Would Require Diversity Hires

NY Times

“It wasn’t just the film world on which R. Lee Ermey’s character left an impression. The Gunny’s persona saturated military culture, especially that of the Marine Corps. The boys who wanted to serve believed that intimidation and humiliation were essential to the formation of their warrior selves. And drill instructors were happy to oblige.”
Anthony Swofford Suggests “Full Metal Jacket Seduced My Generation and Sent Us to War”

“Useful amnesia is what enabled ABC to use the slogan ‘A Family That Looks Like Us’ when selling ‘Roseanne’ to advertisers, a dog whistle so strong that it might have brought Lassie back from the dead. have brought Lassie back from the dead.”
Emily Nussbaum on “Roseanne”

“That’s a discussion that’s only being had in rich countries. The world is not just the United States and Europe. It’s a debate of spoiled children. I couldn’t care less about the Weinstein affair – it hasn’t changed anything for women. Egyptian or Yemeni women don’t give a damn about Weinstein. They have to deal with bombs, they don’t have running water in their kitchens, they get raped in buses.”
Claire Denis

“What if Disney bypassed the middlemen and put a highly anticipated film like Black Panther on its streaming service the same day it opened in theaters—or made it exclusive to subscribers? The lifetime value of subscriptions—which renew automatically until actively canceled—quickly becomes profound. If the debut encouraged just over 4 million people to sign up for an annual subscription to a $10-a-month Disneyflix product, Disney would earn a net revenue of nearly $500 million in just the first year. Black Panther was a massive hit as a theatrical release; it could have been even bigger had it been used to transform onetime moviegoers into multiyear Disneyflix subscribers.”
The Atlantic Expresses Concern

“Whore. Liar. Traitor. Opportunist. I have been called all of these things and more since I began to speak out about being raped in 1997, when I was 21, by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. For speaking my truth, I have been slut-shamed, victim-blamed, bullied, and threatened on a daily basis. And I am not alone.”
Asia Argento


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“If there are theories about me, I’d rather not know. Astrophysics – now that’s fascinating. String theory, worm holes, the expanding universe, the Big Bang versus the Big Bounce – those are the kind of theories that make you feel like living and understanding the mystery of the world. Film theory is just a pain in the ass.”
~ Claire Denis

“I had a knockoff Michael Kors bag that said MLK instead of MK. Jada told me that I shouldn’t have knockoff stuff. I told her that my philosophy is, Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse. I do not want a bag that is more expensive than the cash I have to put in it. Things are going good for me now, so I am graduating to your Fendis and your Guccis. But I better have the cash equivalent, or I’m not buying the purse. And if things start to go wrong, I’m going right back to my knockoffs. When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my ­stomach, my family’s health—that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”
~ Tiffany Haddish