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Incredibles 2 opened to a record-breaking estimated $180.1 million. The animated adventure accounted for about two-thirds of all tickets sold. Two other films attempted counterprogramming with Tag grabbing a niche with $14.4 million in third while Superfly took only $6.2 million.

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The DVD Wrapup: Loveless, In Syria, Good Postman, Inflame, Ordinary Man, I Called Him Morgan, Jerry Lewis, Will & Grace … More

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In the Oscar-nominated Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev and co-writer Oleg Negin have crafted a different sort of missing-child story, set among atypically middle-class Muscovites, whose concepts of family and status are far from traditional. Their previous collaborations – Elena, The Banishment and Leviathan – have also required that we look to the east through a different prism. None of Zvyagintsev’s films have been particularly easy to watch, from an emotional point of view. If they present life stripped of contrivances and narrative shortcuts, it’s still the human condition that drives the stories and is never far from their surface.

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The DVD Wrapup: Wrinkle in Time, Peter Pan, Hurricane Heist, Oh Lucy!, Freak Show, Great Silence, Smash Palace, Satellite Girl and more

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“If you look at the successful companies like Disney and the very successful companies like Universal, they are doing alright for big movies! They should have divisions for low-budget movies because the whole world is now moving towards content from the smaller films that the platforms control. And that is going to change the whole studio system. When a film costs $260 million and it makes over 500, the $500 million doesn’t even all go to the studio! They only get half of that, so the studio is just at breaking even. When a film goes to $300 million, someone doesn’t know what the fuck they’re doing.I mean, really, it’s stupid —  it’s actually stupid. A $250 or $260 million budget and someone goes 50 million over then that someone should be fired!”
Ridley Scott

“What’s beyond that line?
Will I cross that line?”
“Sometimes the world seems against you
The journey may leave a scar
But scars can heal and reveal
Just where you are.”
“Disney’s Moana Screened for Migrant Kids Detained at Border: Thanks for Rubbing It In, America,” Writes Michael Phillips

“I try to respect the creative process and put to the test what I believe and see what growth there is in the story for me to learn from, and how this story can expand me. If it enriches and resonates with me, then [I hope] it will do the same for the audience.”
Scott Derrickson

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain